GCSE Music is both a creative and academic subject that combines practical and theoretical methods in order that students can develop their musical skills, as well as their confidence and written technique. The course is divided into three components:
- Component 1: Performing music. Students will perform one solo and one group performance on their chosen instrument or voice. These performances can be in any style or genre.
- Component 2: Composing music. Students will compose two pieces of music – one of a completely free choice, and one set to a brief by the exam board. This could be from a variety of genres, such as rock, pop, film and TV, Blues or Dance.
- Component 3: Listening and Appraising. Students will study eight pieces of music from a variety of genres, and will learn how to listen to music and write about it in a professional, musical way. Students will also learn how to appraise music that they have never heard before (which they will also be tested on in the exam), and will therefore develop a number of key musical and analytical skills.
GCSE Music gives students the opportunity to develop a number of skills that will be useful in further education and later in life (whether it be music-related or otherwise). Music is a great complement to other academic and creative subjects, as it covers a wide range of skillsets that will deepen understanding in both of these areas.