Edexcel GCSE Music:
The Edexcel GCSE Music course enables students to develop their performing, composing and listening skills whilst broadening their knowledge of music theory and history.
The course divides into three sections:
1.) Performing (30%) – one solo performance and one ensemble piece performed on any instrument in any style will be submitted.
2.) Composing (30%) – two compositions from different areas of study are submitted.
3.) Listening (40%) – this consists of a written examination based on set works from different areas of study.
Parts 1 and 2 are assessed pieces of coursework which are completed under controlled conditions.
The four areas of study are:
1.) Western Classical Music 1600-1899 (baroque, classical, romantic)
2.) Music in the 20th Century (serialism, minimalism, musicals)
3.) Popular Music in Context (blues, rock, dance)
4.) World Music (folk, Indian, African).
Students are taught in mixed-ability groups and have five hour-long lessons a fortnight. Homework is set once a week. Lessons are differentiated to cater for all ability levels and consist of a variety of performing, composing and listening activities.