At Kings’ we follow the OCR syllabus. The course is quite practical, with considerable performing and composing on the pupil’s instrument. The course assessment comprises of 60% coursework, and 40% split between two exams. Pupil’s will take two GCSE Music lessons per week over the two years, with one homework set each week.
The subject content is split into four “areas of study”:
1. AoS1: My Music (spotlight on my Instrument)
2. AoS2: Shared Music (musical relationships and roles: Voice & Accompaniment, Baroque, Classical concerto, Romantic, Jazz, Indian, Gamelan, Choral & African singing)
3. AoS3: Dance Music (Waltz, Latin [Tango & Salsa], Bhangra, Disco, Club Dance, Line Dancing)
4. AoS4: Descriptive Music (Film Music, Programme Music – pupils will need to demonstrate understanding of how composers use music to express a story, mood or scene; a mood or emotion; or a drama).
The outline for the course structure is shown below:
– Integrated Tasks (30%): A performance, composition & commentary based on their instrument.
– Practical Portfolio (30%): A portfolio containing a group performance and a composition relating to AoS3 (Dance) or AoS4 (Film/Programme music).
Creative Task (20%): 45 mins. The creative task is a short melodic composition under exam conditions, based on a given stimulus. This usually takes place in March of year 11.
Listening (20%): 1½ hours. The listening exam takes place in June.
Once again, we were extremely pleased with our most recent set of GCSE grades for Music: 96.5% A*-C, with 57% A or A*.
28 pupils took the subject for GCSE this year 2015; Congratulations to all of you!