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Sir Thomas Fremantle

Music (Edexcel)

Why study Music?
Music and Performing Arts is one of the most lucrative industries in the UK, and careers and opportunities are expanding exponentially in line with the growth of electronic and online platforms. Studying music offers students the opportunity to develop their musical skills in both theory, composition and performance, and balances discipline and rigour with creativity and expression.

What does the course involve?
The course is divided into three components.

Component 1: Performance (NEA Coursework)
Student perform two piece of music, one solo and one ensemble. They can perform as an instrumentalist or vocalist in any musical style or genre. The expected standard for GCSE music is to be performing at ABRSM grade 4 standard by the end of Y11.

Component 2: Composition (NEA Coursework)
Students create two compositions, one to a brief and one as free choice. They have the option of using music notation (MuseScore) or sequencing (Garageband) to produce their pieces.

Component 3: Appraising (Written Exam)
Students complete listening questions based on eight set works that they study throughout the course, ranging from pieces by J. S. Bach & Beethoven to Queen, Esperanza Spalding and Afro Celt System. 1hr 45 minute exam.

How will the skills that I develop help me in my future career?
Music teaches a wide range of skills that are attractive both in and out of the music industry, ranging from teamwork skills, discipline in completing regular practice and meeting regular deadlines. GCSE Music also develops fundamental music theory knowledge and concepts vital for performing arts study beyond Y11.

How will I be assessed?
The Appraising music element is assessed through a written exam lasting 1 hour 45 minutes. It is worth 40% of the final grade. The performance and composition elements of the course are each worth 30% and are NEA (Non-Examined Assessments) units which are completed throughout the two years of study.

Who do I need to contact?
For more information, please email Mrs Greene - louise.greene@sirthomasfremantle.org