GCSE Music

COURSE CODE: TQMAS092019MU

Achieve a GCSE in with one to one tuition at Music Academy in Stalybridge. 

The GCSE in music allows you to develop and apply the musical knowledge, understanding and skills to ensure you form a personal and meaningful relationship with music. 

 

You will be encouraged to engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and musical contexts, and reflect on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities.
 

The Subject content is divided into the three components:
 

  • Understanding music

  • Performing music

  • Composing music.

Course Content
A 2 year course for GCSE music. GCSE Music requires 144 guided learning hours in total. This course requires 2 one hour lessons a week to complete 70 lessons during each...
GCSE Music
1 hr
24 monthly payments

Music Academy are working hard to ensure you have the option to take the exam at our

base in Stalybridge.

This process should be completed within 12 months.

 

Until our centre is accredited you will be responsible for booking and paying for your own exams and practicals. 

Understanding Music

The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language. The four areas of study can also provide a rich source of material for your students to work with when developing performance and composition skills.

 

There are four areas of study:

  1. Western classical tradition 1650–1910

  2. Popular music

  3. Traditional music

  4. Western classical tradition since 1910.

Performing Music

Students must be able to perform a piece of music of approximately grade 5 standard. One performance must be as a soloist and one piece must be as part of an ensemble lasting a combined minimum of four minutes. The performance as part of an ensemble must last for a minimum of one minute.

Repertoire will be determined by the student and teacher. It need not reference an area of study and can be in any chosen style or genre.

Students must be able to interpret relevant musical elements as appropriate using resources (eg microphones) and techniques (eg pizzicato) as appropriate to communicate musical ideas with accuracy and expression and interpretation, including phrasing and dynamics appropriate to the style and mood of the music.

Composing Music

Students must learn how to develop musical ideas, including extending and manipulating musical ideas, and compose music that is musically convincing through two compositions. One must be in response to an externally set brief (Composition 1) and the other a free composition (Composition 2).

The combined duration of the compositions must be a minimum of three minutes.

Compositions can be composed in any style or genre to best reflect the skills, strengths and interests of the individual students.

 

Both compositions must be assessed on the student’s ability to demonstrate:

  • Creative and effective selection and use of musical elements

  • Appropriate selection and use of musical elements (to the compositional intention)

  • Technical and expressive control in the use of musical elements.

 

Each composition must demonstrate selection and use of at least four types of musical element as follows:

  • at least two of rhythm, metre, texture, melody, structure, form

  • at least two of harmony, tonality, timbre, dynamics, phrasing, articulation.

Other Information
FAQ

Component 1: Understanding music
 

What's assessed

  • Listening

  • Contextual understanding


How it's assessed

Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.


Questions

  • Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

  • Section B: Study pieces (28 marks)


The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks).

Component 2: Performing music
 

What's assessed

Music performance

 

How it's assessed

As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:

  • Performance 1: Solo performance (36 marks)

  • Performance 2: Ensemble performance (36 marks).

 

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.

 

This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

 

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA. Performances must be completed in the year of certification.

Component 3: Composing music

What's assessed

Composition

How it's assessed

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief (36 marks)

  • Composition 2: Free composition (36 marks).

 

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

 

This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).

 

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA.

IS THIS THE SAME QUALIFICATION AS A GCSE FROM A SCHOOL OR COLLEGE?

  • Yes! Our GCSE course is accredited by awarding body AQA.

 

WHAT SKILLS ARE NEEDED TO ENROL ONTO THIS COURSE?

  • Performance skills in one or two instruments would be an advantage. 

  • Some knowledge of music theory would be an advantage

 

WHAT IS INCLUDED IN THE COST OF THE COURSE?

  • Dedicated personal tutor support

  • Dedicated student support

  • Accreditation

  • Assignment marking and feedback

  • Study materials

  • Document folder


IS THERE A REQUIRED READING LIST?

  • No extra reading is required for the completion of this course.

 

DO I HAVE TO SIT AN EXAM?

  • You will need to take the official GCSE examinations in order to fully complete this course. It is your responsibility to book and pay for any exams and practicals included in this course yourself. 

  • Students are required to take full responsibility for making arrangements with their chosen test centre.

  • ​Music Academy are working hard to ensure you have the option to take the exam at our base in Stalybridge. This process should be completed within 12 months.

 

ARE THERE ANY ADDITIONAL COSTS?

  • For this particular course, external examination centres charge a substantial fee to take your exams and practical assessments, which is why we thoroughly recommend you conduct further research into this before enrolling. 

  • ​Music Academy are working hard to ensure you have the option to take the exam at our base in Stalybridge. This process should be completed within 12 months when you will be able to take the examination at our centre for a significantly reduced fee.

WHAT IF I LIVE OUTSIDE THE UK?

  • You are still able to study this GCSE course using distance learning and SKYPE tutorials, but you must take the examinations within the UK, as this is the only guaranteed way to access exam centres.

WHAT HAPPENS IF I LOSE MY COURSE MATERIALS?

  • It’s not a problem. We offer a course replacement service however for this there maybe a one-time additional fee.

 

WHAT IF I STILL HAVE QUESTIONS?

  • That’s not a problem. We want to make sure you’re 100% confident about enrolling on the course and starting your study. So, just give our Student Support Team a call on 0161 303 9966 and they’ll do their best to help.

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