GCSE Music (CCEA)
GCSE Music will open the door to lots of career paths, not just music. Music develops the skills employers want to see such as being a good team player, being a creative thinker, being able to make decisions, problem solving skills, good interpersonal skills and being an employee who can be relied upon. In music you are also developing your IT skills through the controlled assessment composition work. GCSE music will also develop your self-esteem giving you the confidence to perform and communicate with an audience.
If you wish to pursue a career in music it is very important that you choose the right Music Course for A’level as each course will lead to a very different career eg. Music Therapist, a career in the recording industry, a manager or administrator, a primary or secondary music teacher.
This course allows you to:
• develop your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music;
• take part in music-making and communicate through music;
• develop your creativity;
• make informed judgments about musical quality;
• develop a lifelong interest in music; and
• learn about music-related careers.
The course covers:
• Repeated Patterns in Music; (Core Area)
• Incidental Music; and
• Vocal Music (Optional Areas)
The course is assessed on the ability to:
• Compose 30%
• Perform 35%
• Listen and appraise 35%.
Component 1: Composing and Appraising (Controlled assessment)
You will create two contrasting compositions and keep a composition log for each. One of the compositions must be related to one of the areas of study.
Your composition portfolio should last between 3 – 6 minutes.
Your teacher will mark the work and CCEA will moderate.
Component 2: Performing and Appraising (controlled assessment)
You will present one solo performance and one ensemble performance, each lasting 5 minutes. One of the performances must be related to one of the areas of study.
You will also discuss your performance. This is worth 5% of the total marks.
Your performance and discussion will be assessed by a CCEA visiting examiner.
Component 3: Listening and Appraising
You will complete one exam which is divided into two parts. Part 1 is based on the core area of study and lasts 45 minutes. Part 2 is based on the optional areas of study and lasts 45 minutes. Both parts of the exam will contain questions on familiar and unfamiliar music.