Music - Year 10


In Year 10, we study the OCR GCSE Music specification J536. The qualification is made up of 60% Performing and Composing and 40% Listening exam. Performing and Composing are teacher-assessed throughout the year, whilst Listening is assessed through a terminal exam. Students have 5 lessons over a fortnight, one double and one triple lesson.
All elements of the course are, to an extent, taught holistically through projects. It is helpful, but not essential, for students who study GCSE Music to have separate tuition on their chosen instrument.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Composing Skills 
Students will learn and utilise some of the tools and techniques they will need in order to write successful music. This is done initially through guided exercises, building on skills until students are confident enough to begin to write extended pieces of music to suit their own individual tastes and skills. 
Students will compose one piece of music in a style/genre of their choice. This makes up of component 1 of the GCSE and is worth 15% of the final grade.

The total length of compositions in years 10 and 11 must be minimum of 3 minutes in duration otherwise the candidate will be awarded 0 marks.

This is marked in school (NEA) and moderated by OCR.  
Performing Skills 
Students will learn and utilise some of the tools and techniques they will need in order to perform successfully. Lots of work is done on choosing appropriate music to meet the exam criteria and on self and peer- assessment of individual and group rehearsals and performances. Solo and ensemble performances make up 30% of the final grade. 
Students will record performances at ST1, 2 and 3 and will receive feedback from peers and teachers on these performances.

This is marked in school (NEA) and moderated by OCR.

NB Final recordings of performances can only be made in Year 11.  
Listening 
An introduction to the 5 "Areas of Study":
AoS1 My Music
AoS2 The Concerto Through Time
AoS3 Rhythms Of The World
AoS4 Film Music
AoS5 Conventions of Pop

This content forms the basis of preparation for the listening exam, which tests students' abilities to listen perceptively to music and to critically analyse, disseminate and discuss what they hear. This exam takes place at the end of the course. The listening exam is worth 40% of the final grade.  
Frequent assessment of listening questions. (Weekly)

Listening Exam at ST2 and 3  

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