Subject: GCSE Music Year: 10 Exam Board : AQA Course Code: 8271

Assessment and (Provisional) Examination / Assessment Dates:
• One solo assessment (three attempts in year 11)
• One ensemble performance (two attempts in year 11)
• Two composition assignments writen over the two-year course
• A Pre-Public Examination (December 2018)
• One final GCSE papes (June 2019)

Key Resources:
• AQA GCSE Music by Andrew S. Coxon • Rhinegold Education • Paperback ISBN 978-1-78558-152-6
• GCSE AQA Music for the Grade 9-1 Exams – Complete Revision and Practice • CGP • Paperback • ISBN

Subject content of the AQA GCSE Music specification:
           • The Western Classical Tradition (1650 – 1910)
o Coronation anthems and oratorios of Handel
o Orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart, and Beethoven
o Piano music of Chopin and Shumann
o Requiem of the late Romantic period
           • Popular music
o Broadway (1950s – 1990s)
o Rock music (1960s – 1970s)
o Film and computer game music (1990s – present)
o Pop music (1990s – present)
           • Traditional music
o Blues music (1920 – 1950)
o African and Caribbean fusion styles
o Contemporary Latin music
o Contemporary UK folk music
           • The Western Classical Tradition since 1910
o Orchestral music of Copland
o British msuic or Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies, and Tavener
o Orchestral music of Kodály and Bartók
o Minimal music of Adams, Reich, and Riley

Assessment components:

The course is assessed through performance, composition, and a listening paper in June of Year 11.

The two performances will be recorded in year 11, and one must demostrate musicianship as a soloist, and the other as part of an ensemble. In bopth performances, marks are awarded for technical accuracy and musical expressivity, as well as a small mark for degree of difficulty.

The two compositions are assessed through marking the handling of different elements of music (for example, melody or rhythm). Imaginative writing and technical accuracy are required, and each composition must be accompanied by a contextual programme note explaining what the piece is, why it was written, and what the composer intended for it.

The final exam will consist of unheard music from the four main areas of study listed above, and in-depth focus questions from two of those areas of study. For the former, broad knowledge of music theory and literacy is needed, and for the latter, an deep understanding of specific pieces of music which will be taught throughout the year.

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For more information see the Subject Leader: Miss V Matthews