Music

Subject Team

Mrs M Duffy (Head of Department)
Mrs U Robinson

KS3

– information coming soon –

GCSE

GCSE Music allows a student to:
•Develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music;
•Take part in music-making and communicate through music;
•Develop creativity;
•Make informed judgements about musical quality;
•Develop a lifelong interest in music; and
•Learn about music-related careers.

One compulsory area of study: Repeated Patterns in Music.
Two optional areas of study from a choice of three.
The optional areas of study are: Musical Traditions in Ireland; Incidental Music; and Vocal Music.
The areas of study cover a wide range of musical styles and genres from around 1650 to the present day.

Unit 1 (30%) – Composing and Appraising: (controlled assessment)
Students will create two contrasting compositions and keep a composition log for each. One of the compositions must be related to one of the areas of study. A composition portfolio should last between 3-6 minutes.

Unit 2 (35%) – Performing and Appraising:
One solo performance and one ensemble performance, each lasting up to 5 minutes. One of the performances must be related to one of the areas of study and students are required to discuss their performance. This is worth 5% of the total marks. The performance and discussion will be assessed by a CCEA visiting examiner.

Unit 3 (35%) Listening and Appraising:
You will complete one exam which is divided into two parts.
Part 1 is based on the core area of study and lasts 45 minutes.
Part 2 is based on the optional areas of study and lasts 45 minutes. Both parts of the exam will contain questions on familiar and unfamiliar music.

A Level

Through performing, composing and listening and appraising activities students develop knowledge, understanding and appreciation of music. They will have opportunities to respond to familiar and unfamiliar music, make connections between the areas of study and place all their musical activities within a broader musical perspective.

AS1: Making and Appraising Music1:
Students select one of the following options;
Opt. A: core solo or ensemble performance plus composition task
Opt. B: core solo or ensemble performance plus multi tracking task
Opt. C: core solo or ensemble performance plus sequenced arrangement task
Opt. D: core composition task plus solo or ensemble performance 64% of AS, 32% of A2.
AS2:Responding to Music 1:
Test of aural perception lasting 1 hour
Written exam lasting 75 minutes
Music for Orchestra, 1700-1900 compulsory, Options: Chamber Music, 1750- 1830, Music for solo piano, 1825-1890, The Musical, 1900-today.

A2 1 Making and Appraising 2:
Students select one of the following options;
Opt. A: core solo or ensemble performance plus composition task
Opt. B: core solo or ensemble performance plus multi tracking task
Opt. C: core solo or ensemble performance plus sequenced arrangement task
Opt. D: core composition task plus solo or ensemble performance

A2 2:Responding to Music 2:
Test of aural perception lasting 1 hour
Written exam lasting 90 minutes
Music for orchestra in the Twentieth Century (compulsory),Options: English Secular Music,1580-1600, New Directions in Twentieth Century Music, Jazz in the USA, 1930-1960.

Subject News/Events

– information coming soon –

Educational Trips/Visits

– information coming soon –

CEIAG Links

– information coming soon –