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Ms J L Hamill (Headteacher)
45-65 Oaks Lane, Newbury Park
Ilford, IG2 7PQ



SUBJECT: Music       


Examining Body: Edexcel Specification No:   2016


Entry Requirements

Grade 4 in music GCSE if studied or Grade 5 practical examination or equivalent


Synopsis of Content:

Students will learn to perform, compose and appreciate different types of music, developing critical and creative thinking, cultural, aesthetic and emotional awareness, and the ability to make music individually and as part of a group.

 The Content

Component 1: Performing (30%)

  • A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
  • Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
  • The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.

Component 2: Composing (30%)

  • Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition

or also to a brief.

  • One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
  • One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
  • Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.

 Component 3: Appraising (40%) 

  • Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
  • Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
    • Vocal Music
    • Instrumental Music
    • Music for Film
    • Popular Music and Jazz
    • Fusions
    • New Directions
  • Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.


Assessment Methods / Teaching Methods and Resources

Component 1: Performing

Students will be provided with many opportunities to perform during lessons and at public concerts/recitals. Feedback will be provided under the following criteria:

  • Technical control (Accuracy)
  • Expressive control (Fluency)
  • Style and context

The final performance and recording will be carried out after 1 March and is marked externally

Component 2: Composing

Students will be given regular verbal and written feedback through a series of composing tutorials. Feedback will be provided under the following criteria:

  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Coherence
  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Expressive Control
  • Creating and Developing Musical Ideas with Technical Control

Final Compositions will be externally assessed for all students.

One written paper of 2 hours, with a total of 100 marks. This paper comprises two sections: A and B.

Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks)

  • Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided).
  • One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.

Section B: Extended response

  • Two essay questions – essay one (20 marks) and essay two (30 marks)
  • Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.
  • Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area of study.


Suitability for Combination

This subject would be supported by further study in Drama, Film, Media, Mathematics, History, Geography.


Progression to Higher Education / Vocational Destinations

An A-Level in Music is excellent preparation for degrees in music and other performing arts. Graduates music may go into a careers as conductors, composers, recording engineers, managers, promoters, music publishers, music therapists, teachers and lecturers.



Mr P Assegai- Team Leader for Performing Arts, Media and Film

Ms S Bryan- Subject Leader for Music

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