GCSE Music

We follow the Edexcel GCSE course in Music. The GCSE course builds on a number of the skills that have already been developed during previous years:

  • Pupils choose two topics for composition. The style/genre of these are tailored to each student’s own musical interests and strengths.
  • Pupils study set works covering a range of musical styles:
Area of study Set works
Instrumental Music 1700–1820 ·     Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major

·     Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’

Vocal Music ·     Purcell: Music for a While

·     Queen: Killer Queen

Music for Stage and Screen ·     Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from ‘Wicked’)

·     Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Fusions ·     Afro Celt Sound System: Release

·     Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio

  • Pupils perform as a soloist and also as part of an ensemble either playing an instrument or singing. The standard required by the end of the course to be able to access the full range of marks is approximately the same as ABRSM grade 4, although pupils do not need to have taken any exams in order to take the course.

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