Music

Key Stage 4

Why study Music?

“I would teach children music, physics, and philosophy; but most importantly music, for the patterns in music and all the arts are the keys to learning.” (Plato)

Learning music is a meaningful and gratifying experience for students (as well as for people of all ages). Music Education enhances learning skills, communication skills, creativity, teamwork, discipline, cultural awareness, respect for others, and self-esteem through personal accomplishment.

How will I study?

Through the Eduqas GCSE Music course you will explore four main Areas of Study (AOS):

AOS1: Musical Forms and Devices (Baroque, Romantic and Classical music)

AOS2: Music for Ensemble (Chamber Music and Musical Theatre)

AOS3: Film Music

AOS4: Popular Music (Pop, Rock, Bhangra and Fusion).

The AOS will be explored through a variety of classroom activities including:

Performing different genres of music on your own and in a group. This could be in any style, on any instrument or voice, including DJ skills, rapping, singing, band and orchestral instruments. Expected performance standard is around Grade 3. 

Exploring how great pieces of music were put together, and when you have learnt some of the techniques, composing your own music. This could involve using computer software, writing for a specific purpose, writing songs etc.

Listening to a variety of music and learning how to identify, desrcibe and anaylse the muscal feature you can hear.

What will I study?

The Eduqas GCSE Music course has three components: Performing, Composing and Appraising (Listening.)

Component 1: Performing

(30% – teacher assessed, externally moderated)

Students will need to perform a minimum of two pieces, lasting a total of 4-6 minutes, recorded in the year of assessment. One piece must be an ensemble (group piece) lasting at least one minute, the other piece linked to an Area of Study. You can use any instrument or voice, or choose a technology option.

Component 2: Composing

(30% – teacher assessed, externally moderated)

Once students have carried out a series of workshops to further develop their skills and knowledge of notation and Music Technology, students will compose two pieces during their GCSE course. The first piece is a response to a brief set by th exam board. There are four to choose from each year and the second piece is a free composition – you can compose in a style of your choice.

Component 3: Appraising

(40% – examination, externally assessed)

Students will further develop their theoretical knowledge from foundations made at from KS3. Based on the AOS, students will complete a listening examination, which comprises of eight questions, two on each AOS. Two sections of the paper will focus on two set works which will be studied in significant analytical depth.

What skills will I gain?

Your practical skills of composing music and performing will be refined and you will be able to demonstrate creativity, reflection and resilience, as well as developing your confidence, collaboration, analysis and presentation skills.

What could I do next with a Music GCSE?

The possibilities are endless. Music will enable you to demonstrate many skills which employers, colleges and universities are looking for and put you a cut a above the rest. It can also give you opportunities to travel, meet people and get the most out of life

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