Specification/Exam Board: CCEA
Pupils studying GCSE Music will have the opportunity to develop listening skills, composing and performance skills through three components
Component 1: Performing and Appraising
- Students prepare pieces for solo performance and for ensemble performance up to a maximum of 6 mins.
- They discuss and appraise both their performances and those of others.
Component 2: Composing
- Students create two compositions. One is in response to a pre-release stimulus and one is free choice.
- Composition portfolio must be between 3-6 mins.
- They record their compositions and provide a score, a lead sheet or a written account of their work.
Component 3: Listening and Appraising
- External written examination 1 hour 30 minutes.
- Students answer questions based on familiar and unfamiliar music relating to the Areas of Study.
- Western Classical Music 1600–1910
- Film Music
- Musical Traditions of Ireland
- Popular Music 1980–present day
GCSE Music is an excellent foundation for A level study of Music. It can also lead into further study in sound, music and production courses in Further Education.