GCSE music encourages students to recognise links between performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music.
Broadening musical experiences and interests whilst developing imagination and fostering creativity. Students develop the skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians in society. Four areas of study develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in a wider context. The Western Classical Tradition forms the basis of Musical Forms and Devices, and students take the opportunity to explore these forms and devices further in the other three areas of study. Music for Ensemble allows students to look more closely at texture and sonority. Film Music and Popular Music provide an opportunity to look at contrasting styles and genres of music.
Performing 30% Students to perform 4-6 minutes of music. One solo performance and one ensemble performance on an instrument or vocal. Performances must be to at least grade 3 standard.
Free Composition 15% Students compose a piece of music, 3 minutes in duration linking to an area of study. The composition must be accompanied by a written score and we use Sibelius software to complete this.
Composition to a Brief 15% Students compose a piece of music, 3 minutes in duration linking to brief set by Eduqas. The composition must be accompanied by a written score and we use Sibelius software to complete this.
Appraising Written examination 40% 1 hour 15 minute listening examination. Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study. Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by Eduqas.
The department provides free termly visits to orchestral concerts for all students. Music students also attend performing arts theatre visits. Students must take up weekly instrumental tuition either at school or privately. At school we offer free violin, viola, cello and double bass lessons. Other instrument and vocal lessons are provided by Bedford Music Co-operative at a cost of £12.75 per lesson.
The department has an extensive extra curricular programme that features links with The Guildhall School of Music and Drama, Bedford Music Co-operative, Music for Bedford Borough and Bedfordshire Orchestral Society. Students are encouraged to attend StringTastic, Ukulele Choir, School Musical, Fiddle Fiesta, Band Bananza and Recital Nights. The department provides free termly visits to orchestral concerts for all students. Music students also attend performing arts theatre visits.
Students need to be able to play a musical instrument or sing to grade 3 standard by year 11 and must attend instrumental music lessons every week on top of their theory lessons. We provide free instrumental lessons as part of the course.