The Fallibroome Academy > Performing Arts > Music > GCSE


Studying Music at GCSE is an excellent way to develop your performance, composition and listening skills as well as studying a range of musical styles, from Classical to Popular Music and World Music. At Fallibroome we aim to help enjoy and explore music in different ways - we want you to be curious and learn ways to analyse, perform and compose music with other, musical students.

We have chosen the Edexcel exam board for GCSE Music as we believe it offers students a broad and interesting course. The course requirements are outlined in the table below

Unit Unit title Method of assessment Weighting Structure of assessment
1 Performing music Internally assessed/externally moderated 30% Two performances (solo & ensemble)
2 Composing music Internally assessed/externally moderated 30% Two individual compositions
3 Music - listening and appraising External 40% Written/listening paper with CD

In Year 10, following an introductory unit focused on general musicianship, students begin the study of 12 set works - a full list of these is available in student handbooks and on the Edexcel website. Students explore the music through listening, composition, performance and analysis, drawing on extensive musical vocabulary and identifying musical features. This listening, analysis and knowledge of set works leads towards the written examination in the summer term of Year 11.

In lessons, students have the opportunity to develop their ensemble performance skills, rehearsing and arranging different styles of music which are then performed to the class. Students also regularly perform solo repertoire to the class in preparation for the examined performances which begin in the summer term of Year 10. Composition skills are developed initially through a range of short composition tasks which enable students to deepen their knowledge of musical devices and the individual composition process. Some of this composition work uses Cubase and/or Sibelius software which students are taught to use.

To support their class studies, students are given regular homework and 'Key Assessments', most often based on the set works and listening skills. In addition, we provide composition drop-in sessions on Monday, Wednesday & Thursday at 12:25 in Studio 2. This is an opportunity for students to independently work on their compositions or become more familiar with the software.

We believe active musical involvement is important for students to become fulfilled and successful musicians, also developing listening skills and an understanding of harmony, melody and rhythm. As such, we ask all students to be involved in our extensive extra-curricular programme. There are many ensembles students can be a part of and these vary in style and commitment. For more information please see the Performing Arts 'What's On Guide' (PDF) which can also be found on the Fallibroome website.

Further information and important dates for the year can be found in the GCSE Music student handbook which students are given in the first week of term. Early in September we hold a GCSE and A Level Music Information Evening which many parents and students attended. At this we provided a CD of useful documents including exemplar work, past papers and a copy of the exam board specification. Please contact Miss Hannah Wallis, DTL: Music for any further information.

The following websites may also be of interest to students

Twitter @FalliGCSEMusic Follow @FalliGCSEMusic for regular updates, deadlines and ideas for extra study. Useful for students and parents.
Musictheory An interactive website for music theory and listening skills.
BBC bitesize Based on vocabulary and knowledge of set works this website is excellent for consolidation of lesson tasks and for revision.

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