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Brampton Manor Academy

Brampton Manor Academy

Success through effort and determination
Executive Principal
Dr Dayo Olukoshi OBE

Music

Examination Board: Edexcel(1MU0)

Why should I study this subject?

This GCSE Music qualification has been designed to give all students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of music whatever their previous experience. The qualification supports and encourages students coming from KS3 to want to progress to GCSE Music and beyond.

What will I study in this subject?

The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:  

 

  • Engage actively in the process of music study
  • Develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of resources used.
  • Develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources.
  • Recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music.
  • Broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity.
  • Develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians.
  • Develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music.
  • Recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology.
  • Develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds.
  • Reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ music.
  • Engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Performing - 30% of the qualification

 

Students will need to perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration.

  • Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces
  • Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces.
  • Each performance will be out of 30 marks.
  • This unit will be internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 2: Composing - 30% of the qualification

 

Students will need to compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration.

  • One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
  • One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.
  • Each composition will be out of 30 marks.
  • This unit will be internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 3: Appraising- 40% of the qualification

 

The exam paper will consist of two sections and will be out of a total of 80 marks.

Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces (68 marks). Six questions related to six of the eight set works. One short melody/rhythm completion exercise. One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one unfamiliar piece (12 marks). One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music. A CD with the music extracts will be played to all students at the same time and will repeat the extracts a set number of times.

 

What qualification will I get?

  • GCSE Music

 

For additional information, please contact: Ms L. Putnina