Christian Head, Kirkby Stephen, Cumbria, CA17 4HA

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Kirkby Stephen Grammar School

A Co-operative Academy

GCSE Music

GCSE music is a course aimed at students who are enthusiastic about music and are learning or are willing to learn (intensively) an instrument or voice. GCSE music students should be willing to contribute to the musical life of the school by participating in concerts and taking part in extra-curricular music.

The GCSE Music course is structured around the practical development of listening, composition and performance skills.

Unit 1 - Understanding Music (40%)

Over the period of the GCSE Music course students will study a range of music including pop and rock, world music, classical music and jazz styles. Students will also study a number of music works in detail. At the end of the course the student’s knowledge and understanding of musical language and style will be assessed in a one and a half hour listening exam.

Unit 2 - Performing Music (30%)

Throughout the course students will develop their performance skills on their chosen instrument or voice. They will be expected to perform regularly for assessment in front of class members. Towards the end of the course, students will prepare and present one well-crafted solo and ensemble performance. By the end of year 11 students should be working at grade 3-5 practical exam standard. The musical performance must last a minimum of 4 minutes and a maximum of 7 minutes, of which one minute must be the ensemble performance.

The school will support GCSE Music Student tuition one half hour lesson per week (30 weeks per year) where a suitable instrumental teacher is available for the chosen instrument. Please discuss this with the Music Teacher.

Unit 3 - Composing Music (30%)

At the start of the GCSE course students will be introduced to a range of key composing techniques which will lead to the completion of two compositions (the first to a brief, the second is free choice). Students may use Mixcraft 7 (a music sequencing programme) or Sibelius 7 (a music notation programme), to complete and record their work. A basic knowledge and understanding of music theory is very useful.

Why choose GCSE Music? 

  • In helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification
  • Provides students the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performing to others
  • Develops team working through performing with others
  • Extends students’ creative skills through composing music
  • Encourages the understanding of the importance of continuous evaluation and refinement in any process
  • Provides a solid foundation for progression to music related courses, including A- Level Music, and a career in music professions.
  • In helping students acquire subject knowledge, this specification
  • Provides students the opportunity to gain self-confidence through performing to others
  • Develops team working through performing with others
  • Extends students’ creative skills through composing music
  • Encourages the understanding of the importance of continuous evaluation and refinement in any process
  • Provides a solid foundation for progression to music related courses, including A- Level Music, and a career in music professions.