The new Edexcel GCSE Music course (9-1) is designed to develop musical knowledge, understanding and skills through studying a wide range of music from different cultures.
Students should have a genuine interest in learning about and performing music, being relatively fluent on their chosen instrument.
There are 3 strands to the course:
Paper 1 – Performance 30%
Paper 2 – Composition 30%
Paper 3 – Appraisal 40%
Paper 1 – Performance:
Students are expected to complete two final performances: a Solo and an Ensemble performance.
Each performance must demonstrate a high standard of instrumental skill and technique, combined with accuracy and musicianship. Both performances are recorded and submitted with the original score.
Paper 2 – Composition:
Students must complete 2 compositions: a ‘free’ composition and one from a choice set briefs from the exam board.
Each composition must demonstrate knowledge of melodic and harmonic knowledge, alongside idiomatic writing for instrumental forces. It must show development of material and show coherence.
The ‘free’ composition is completed in Year 10 and the set brief composition is completed in Year 11.
Both compositions are written on music software with the completed score, recording and written description submitted as coursework.
Paper 3 – Appraisal:
Students study 8 set works from 4 Areas of Study:
Instrumental Music 1700-1820
Music for Stage and Screen
Students also study music dictation, notation, music elements, tonality, and music theory.
Wider listening around the set works are examined to extend repertoire.
Papers 1 and 2 are completed during the course and are internally assessed and moderated.
Paper 3 is studied throughout the course and concludes with an externally assessed written exam at the end of the course.