· Announcement ·

**Welcome Event  – New Year 7 pupils**
Tuesday 25th June 2024. 3.30pm-5.30pm. Opportunity to meet your child’s Personal Learning Tutor, attend the Headteacher’s talk and tour the school.


Course Outline ‐ What will I learn?

Pupils learn to interpret and communicate the music accurately and thoughtfully. Pupils must submit two performances:

  • One ensemble and one solo piece OR two ensemble pieces.
  • Both performances must be recorded in Year 11

Pupils learn to create and develop musical ideas effectively by controlling and demonstrating understanding of musical elements. Pupils must submit two compositions:

  • One free choice composed in Year 10
  • One from a choice of exam board set briefs in year 11

Pupils learn how to listen to music and identify musical elements explaining how they are used. Pupils must complete:

  • one exam at the end of Year 11 (1hr 15min)
  • eight questions in total (two on each areas of study)
  • exam will include set works and unfamiliar music.

What parents need to know

Pupils taking GCSE music have access to instrument lessons paid for by school. All pupils are expected to regularly practice their chosen instrument/voice at home.

How will it be assessed?

Performing ­ 30% of the total marks – Coursework
Composing ­ 30% of the total marks – Coursework
Appraising ­ 40% of the total marks – Exam

Potential further study and careers

Music therapist, music producer, Performer, DJ, music teacher, conductor, tour manager, composer, recording engineer, Accompanist, Arranger, Engineer, Backing singer, copyist, ethnomusicologist, instrument repair etc…..

Why study Music?

  • Learn how to develop self­ discipline through practise
  • Learn how to work as a member of a team
  • Develop coordination skills
  • Develop confidence
  • Develop creativity, inventiveness and the ability to use initiative

Knowledge/skills needed

  • Year 7 and year 8 music gives you the basic information and skills you need to study
  • Being able to play or have an interest in playing a musical instrument is important
  • A willingness to use and learn about music technologies
  • Self ­discipline
  • Determination and resilience

Ex pupils’ experiences

“I really enjoyed taking GCSE music, it allowed me to be creative and explore new types of music.”

“Taking GCSE music gave me so many opportunities and it allowed me to continue studying music at college and university.”

“GCSE Music is a stimulating course that will allow you to develop into a well­ rounded musician if you are willing to put in the effort and time.”

“GCSE Music was the start of my journey to becoming a music teacher.”

“Music is an interesting subject, however at the beginning it has proven to be very difficult. Although, over time our amazing teacher has helped us improve massively, giving us support when we need it.”

For further information

Please contact: M.Hudson on info@oakwood.ac