Music

Students can choose GCSE Music as one of their options at KS4. Students offered a place at Thamesmead under the Performing Arts – Music criteria will study this subject at GCSE.

What will I study as part of GCSE Music?

You will learn how to improve your performing skills and you will be expected to perform on your own and in a group in front of your peers. Through your work in composing you will gain an insight into how music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product. You will also learn how to analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years or so.

How will I learn this?

You will learn how to improve your performing skills and through your work in composing. You will gain an insight into how music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product. You will also learn how to analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years or so.

Individual practice on each student’s chosen instrument is expected to be an ongoing process. Attendance at choir, orchestra or ukulele club is expected in order to strengthen the student’s ensemble skills

What is the exam format?

Listening 40% – A final exam answering questions on the 4 areas of study.

Composing 30% – 2 compositions from different areas of study to be completed along with a score. Both will be recorded at Thamesmead, marked internally and a sample moderated externally.

Performing 30% – 2 performances will be graded in total.

– one must be a solo performance.

– one must be an ensemble performance.

NB. The 2 performances will be recorded, marked internally and moderated externally.

Exam Board: Edexcel

Are there any enrichment opportunities / visits or trips?

There is a wide range of music clubs that students can attend as part of the Thamesmead Plus programme. Performances take place throughout the year at a variety of venues and events.

Instrumental and vocal lessons are available at Thamesmead. Further information is available at:

https://www.thamesmead.surrey.sch.uk/music-tuition/

What careers or courses might this lead to?

Students studying Music could follow careers in the theatre, TV or film either performing or in music production. Other career paths could include working with professional orchestras or choirs.

Further studies at A’ level in Music or Music Technology are available. BTEC level 3 courses are also offered locally in Music, Music Technology and Musical Theatre.

Useful website links & Revision Guides:

http://www.youtube.com/user/thamesmeadmusic

https://www.samlearning.com/

http://www.fastpastpapers.com/

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music

http://www.edexcel.com/i-am-a/student/Pages/home.aspx

You Tube resources for Year 11