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Performing Arts - Music

Qualification: Music GCSE
Examination Board: OCR

Is this course right for you?

This course is for you if you are an aspiring musician; singer, instrumentalist, or songwriter! Are you keen to learn about different musical styles and history? Are you committed to building on your instrumental skills through regular practise? Develop your composing skills? We use Garageband, Sibelius and other ICT software, along with your instrument/voice during this course. It would be an advantage if you have been learning an instrument for a year or two before considering this course. Do talk with your teacher at Options Evening for more details.

The course is based on

  1. Performance: 30% of GCSE mark based on performance on your instrument/singing, your own composition
  2. Ensemble Performance: 30% of GCSE mark based on performance with a group or recording of a composition you have created based on a given style.
  3. Listening & Appraising: 40% of GCSE total based on based on The Elements of Music, Rhythms of the World, The Concerto Through Time and My Music, one hour 30 minute written paper, with CD

What does the course involve?

The course is an equal balance of listening lessons and practical work and you will work:

  • Occasionally as a whole class.
  • In groups: for some performing, and for some listening activities.
  • By yourself: for composing and for some performing activities.

What about controlled assessments and exams?

You will be assessed by:

  •   Controlled assessment – 2 compositions, one a free choice the other with a starting point from OCR  
  • Controlled assessment – 2 performances, one a solo, one an ensemble (none players can take the tech route) 
  • Final Written paper (Listening Examination) – 40%.

Progression opportunities (Sixth Form and beyond)

Music is an enormous industry, one of the biggest employers in the world in fact! This course leads on to music study at a higher level, including A level and BTEC. You may then opt for a specialist degree course at university or music college. Alternatively, this course could be used to access a Level 2 or 3 music course at a further education college. Having studied Music is seen as desirable for many highly academic education and career pathways (including Medicine, Law, etc).

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