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Music GCSE
Specification: Edexcel
Coursework: 60%
Examination: 40%

This course is designed for anyone with a keen interest in and a commitment to music. There are three main components in this examination:

There are four main units in this examination.

Component 1: Performing (Coursework)
For this component pupils will prepare two performances. One performance should be a solo of approximately grade 4/5 standard. For the other performance, pupils need to sing or play in an ensemble. The two performances together should last for at least 4 minutes. Performing is worth 30% of the GCSE.

Component 2: Composing (Coursework)
For this part of the course, pupils will be asked to compose two contrasting pieces. One composition will be a free composition in any style. The second composition will be based on a set brief that will be released on the 1st September at the start of Year 11. The two compositions together should last for at least 3 minutes.

Component 3: Appraising (Written Examination 1hr 45mins)
The examination paper is made up of two sections with questions based upon both familiar (set) works and unfamiliar music. There are four areas of study which cover a wide and diverse range of musical styles and genres:

Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820
- 3rd Movement from J S Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
- 1st Movement from L van Beethoven’s Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’.

Area of Study 2: Vocal Music
- H Purcell’s Music for a While
- Killer Queen by Queen

Area of Study 3: Music for Stage and Screen
- S Schwartz’s Defying Gravity from the musical Wicked
- J Williams’ Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)

Area of Study 4: Fusions
- Afro Celt Sound System’s Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’)
- Esperanza Spalding’s Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’

The TWGGS Music Department is a busy and vibrant place with an extensive range of extra-curricular activities on offer. For KS4 girls there is a choice of three choirs, Senior Orchestra, Senior Strings, Senior Flutes, Brass Ensemble, Senior Clarinets and Senior String Quartet. There are also smaller ensembles arranged depending on the needs of talented musicians within the school.

Results at GCSE are outstanding with the majority of pupils achieving above their target grades, with a high number of A* grades. These results are forged in a caring and supportive environment where pupils are taught to believe in themselves and their capacity to succeed.

Also see related pages: Curriculum and Prospectus