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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: Miss Gukato
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