Music (Mu)
Exam board and Specification: WJEC, GCSE Music C660QS

Engage actively in the process of music study
Develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of the resources used
Develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources
Recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music
Broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity
Develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians
Develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing
Develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music
Recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology
Develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds
Reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ music
Engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.

Component 1: Performing – 30% of GCSE course.
Component 2: Composing – 30% of GCSE course.
Component 3: Appraising – 40% of GCSE course.

Component 1: Performance – One solo and one ensemble piece lasting between last 4 - 6 minutes in total. It is marked in school and externally moderated. Performances must be grade 3 equivalent and performances can be voice, instrumental or DJ ing
Component 2: Composition - Two compositions, lasting 3 – 6 minutes combined duration. One composition to a brief set by the exam board and one free composition. You may compose using Sibelius or Garage Band.
Component 3: Appraising – The exam has questions of multiple choice, one word answers and essay questions based on the two set works set by the exam board and on general music knowledge.

Areas of study:
1 – Musical forms and devises
2 – Music for Ensemble
3 – Film music
4 – Popular music

Regular instrumental practice is an ongoing expectation as homework.
Written activities based on the set works and their contexts.
Theory based tasks aimed at building knowledge of musical features and knowledge of rhythm, harmony and notations.
Participation in lunchtime concerts and concerts throughout the year.
For further information contact: Mrs Clarke (Head of Performing Arts)