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Year 10 Music

Course title: GCSE Music Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 1MU0
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel GCSE in Music comprises three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music
Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/realisations for:

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance

The combined duration must be at least four minutes in duration. Each performance must be at least one minute.

Unit 2: Composing Music
Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/written accounts for:

  • Two compositions – one to a set brief, one free composition.

The combined duration must be at least three minutes in duration. Each composition must be at least one minute.

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising
Students will be assessed with a 1 hour and 45 minute exam at the end of year 11.
All questions relate to the set works
The paper will be in two sections

Section A (68 marks):

  • Six questions related to six of the eight set works
  • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise
  • One question on an unfamiliar piece with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B (12 marks):

  • One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.
Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Students receive 5 lessons of music a fortnight. These will be split 2x appraisal, 2x composition, 1x performing.

Appraising/Listening

  • Core skills:

o   Rhythm and Metre
o   Melody and Dynamics
o   Harmony and Tonality
o   Texture and Timbre
o   Form and Structure

Composition

  •         Revision of treble/bass clef notation
  •         Theory of extended chords
  •        Group compositions based on rhythm and single melody lines.

Performance

  •       Practise on solo performance (with KB)

 17th October data collection (JST)

2 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  •          AoS 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820

o   JS Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
o   L van Beethoven : 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathetique’

Composition

  •        Formation of chords
  •        Key signatures
  •       Group compositions making use of more complex melodies and simple harmonies

Performance

  •        Aural skills
  •       Continuing practise on solo performance
3 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  •        AoS 3 – Music for Stage and Screen:

o   S Schwartz: “Defying Gravity”
o   J Williams: “Main title/rebel blockade runner”

Composition

  •         Extended harmonies
  •        Longer group compositions making use of more complex harmony

Performance

  •         Limited transposition skills
  •         Aural skills
  •        Continuing practise on solo performance

9th January data collection (JST)

4 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  •        Revision of set works covered so far including practise exam questions
  •        Rhythm dictation/melody dictation exercises

Composition

  •        Use of structure within compositions
  •        Making use of differing textures
  •        General ideas for assessed composition 1

Performance

  •       Extended transposition skills
  •       Aural skills
  •       Continuing practise on solo performance

3rd April data collection (JST)

5 (5 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  •         AoS 2 – Vocal Music:

o   H Purcell: “Music for a While”
o   Queen: “Killer Queen”

Composition

  •        Refinement of ideas for assessed composition 1
  •       Making use of dynamics and articulation within the compositions.

Performance

  •         Preparation for recording in half term 6.
  •         Arrange for an accompanist if needed and rehearse with them. JST available for this.
6 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  •         Revision of set works covered so far including practise exam questions
  •        Rhythm dictation/melody dictation exercises

Composition

  •         Finalise composition 1 including printing score and creating audio file.
  •        Submission to JST of all materials for composition 1.
    Deadline: Monday 3rd July 2017
  •         JST to mark and suggest any final edits to be done before end of the year.

Performance

  •         Finalise all work on solo performance.
  •        Record and photocopy score.
    Deadline: Monday 26th June
  •        Re-record if necessary before end of the year.

Year 11 Music

Course title: GCSE Music Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 2MU01
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel GCSE in Music comprises three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music
Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/realisations for:

  •         One solo performance
  •         One ensemble performance

Unit 2: Composing Music
Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/written accounts for:

  • Two compositions, two arrangements OR ONE composition and ONE arrangement

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising
Students will be assessed with a 90 minute exam at the end of year 11. All questions relate to the set works. The paper will be in two sections.
Section A: eight compulsory questions in response to extracts from the set works that will be played on a CD during the examination (68 marks)
Section B: one question from two optional questions on the set works, requiring extended writing (12 marks)

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Students receive 5 lessons of music a fortnight. These will be split 2x appraisal, 2x composition, 1x performing.

Appraising/Listening
Set works:

  • AoS 1 – Western Classical Music:

o   Handel: “And the Glory of the Lord”
o   Mozart: “Symphony No.40 in G minor”
o   Chopin: “Raindrop Prelude”

N.B. This should be revision from work done in year 10 hence the small time-scale.

  • AoS 2 – Instrumental Music of the 20th Century

o   Schoenberg: “Peripetie”

Composition

  •        Revision of treble/bass clef notation
  •        Theory of extended chords
  •        Formulation of general ideas for composition 1.

Performance

  • Practise on solo performance

 17th October data collection (JST)

2 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening
Set works:

  •  AoS 2 – Western Classical Music:

o   Bernstein: “Something’s Coming”
o   Reich: “Electric Counterpoint”

  • AoS 3 – Popular Music in Context

o   Davis: “All Blues”

Composition

  •         Refinement of ideas for composition 1
  •         Preparation of score and recording

Submission to JST for marking and feedback – Monday 12th December 2016.

Performance

  • Final practise on solo performance

Submission of recording and score for marking and feedback – Thursday 24th November 2016.

3 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 3 – Popular Music in Context:

o   Buckley: “Grace”
o   Moby: “Why does my heart feel so bad?”

  • AoS 4 – World Music

o   Capercaille: “Skye Waulking Song”

Composition

  •          Feedback and editing on composition 1
  •         General ideas for composition 2

Performance

  •          Feedback on solo performance
  •         Practise for ensemble performance

9th January data collection (JST)

4 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  •  AoS 4 – World Music

o   India Raga: “Rag Desh”
o   Koko: ‘Yiri’

  • Practise essay questions

Composition

  •         Refinement of ideas for composition 2
  •         Preparation of score and recording

Submission of recording and score for marking and feedback – Wednesday 5th April 2017

Performance

  • Final practise on solo performance

Submission of recording and score for marking and feedback – Monday 3rd April 2017.

3rd April data collection (JST)

5 Appraising/Listening

  •          Revision of set works
  •          Practise essay questions

Composition

  • Feedback and editing on composition 2

Final submission for all coursework: Monday 1st May 2017 (subject to change)

Performance

  • Feedback on ensemble performance – re-record if necessary

Final submission for all coursework: Monday 1st May 2017 (subject to change)