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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

GCSE Music

The course runs over two years, preparing you for a GCSE qualification. You need to perform, compose, appraise and listen to music in various different styles.
Course Outline

AoS2: Shared Music

Large Vocal Ensembles
Voice and Accompaniment
Baroque/Classical Ensembles

Ensemble Music

Performance Assessment.

Creative Task 1

Composition Tasks based on music studied.


Rhythm, rests, time signatures, dots, grouping, pitch notation

AoS4: Descriptive Music
Film Music
Programme Music

Solo Performance Focus
Perform to the whole class

Composition Tasks
Describe a mood composition, to be assessed.

Scales, Major, Minor, Chords, Cadences


AoS1: My Music
Research Instrument
Choose solo performance piece. Perform for assessment.

AoS3: Dance


Unit 1 Controlled Assessment (30%)
Unit 2 Controlled Assessment (30%)
Unit 3 Creative Task (15%)
Unit 4 Listening Exam (25%)

You will have an individual lesson each week on woodwind, piano, guitar or voice. In these lessons you will learn to read music, performance techniques and how to play the instrument. You are expected to practise between lessons (30 mins at least 3 times a week). For the controlled assessment you will have to perform a solo and an ensemble.

You will spend two lessons per week composing your own music. You have to be prepared to do this individually, not in a group. You will be given different types of compositions from songs to instrumental pieces. You will also be able to compose using the computer programme Cubase. For the controlled assessment you will submit a piece for your own instrument and a contrasting piece.

Post 16 Progression
After completing a GCSE in music there are many options. There are AS/A levels in Music and Music Technology. BTEC Diplomas in Performance, Music, Music Technology, Music Production at First and National Level and it can also link with other Performing Arts courses such as Drama, Performing Arts and Theatre Studies. There are courses in Musical Theatre, and many other aspects of Music including song writing, audio recording. These courses can lead into degrees in many different aspects of music.

Career Options
Specific jobs include recording artist, songwriter, recording engineer, producer, session musician, Arts Administration, Arts Management, Music Journalist (radio, TV, magazines), Music Therapy, Music Teacher, Professional composer (film/TV) and many more.
Many employers are impressed by music qualifications because it shows many skills such as team work, organisation, confidence and independence