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Edexcel GCSE Music: Course Content

30% Performance
  • Choose 1 solo and 1 ensemble from vocal or instrumental recordings.
30% Composition
  • Choose two compositions from 4 Areas of Study.  
  • Controlled Assessment. 1 Free Choice Composition and 1 Set Brief by Edexcel.
40% Listening (1 Exam)
  • 8 set pieces of music
  • Listening questions. 1 essay.

What do the boys do?

Five lessons per fortnight

3 composition. 2 listening.

1 composition per term (6 in Yr 10 and 2 in Yr 11)

1 performance per term (instrumental/vocal)

  • Area of Study 1 Listening (Year 10 Terms 1,2)
  • Area of Study 2 Listening (Year 10 Terms 3,4)
  • Area of Study 3 Listening (Year 10 Terms 5)
  • Area of Study 4 Listening (Year 10 Term 6)

Relate work to marking criteria and feed back on progress

The Areas of Study

Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700 - 1820

  • Bach (Brandenburg Concerto No.5 3rd Mvt)  
  • Beethoven  Piano Sonata No.8  1st Mvt)

Area of Study 2: Vocal Music

  • Purcell (Music for a While)
  • Queen (Killer Queen)

Area of Study 3: Music for Stage & Screen

  • Schwartz (Defying Gravity)
  • Williams (Star Wars ‘Main Title / Rebel Blockade)

Area of Study 4: Fusions

  • Afro Celt Sound System (Release)
  • Esperanza Spalding (Samba Em Preludio)

Personal Study

Weekly (Daily) @ Home

  • Performance Practise

Weekly @ School

  • Extra curricular ensembles
  • Composition preparation

Termly @ Home

  • Revision for tests

How can you support?

15 minutes daily practise

Discuss set works and related music

Test set work fact sheets

Edexcel website, BBC Bitesize revision, free downloadable resources; You tube Edexcel set works

All set works, notes on set works are all on Microsoft SharPpoint

Composition preparation. Sibelius software/ Musescore

Dialogue/ discussion with school

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