What is Music?

Students studying music will be expected to have the skills to analyse a range of musical pieces. They will have to build knowledge of a range of musical styles and forms. Within this context, students will develop an ability to assess pitch, tonality, structure, sonority, tempo and metre and rhythm.  They will also develop their skills in music notation and the language of analysis of music.

These skills will then be applied to composing and performing music and students will be encouraged to explore their practical and artistic abilities through analysing other composers and performers.

What will I study?

You will study the practicalities of performance on a chosen instrument and solo as well as ensemble pieces. You will also develop your ability at composing varied pieces. You will look at concertos, world music, pop and film music and build an awareness of musical analysis across these genres.

What will I gain from studying Music?

Students will develop a high level of theoretical and practical ability in music as they are expected to reach a high level of analysis, performance and composition over the course. To succeed, students need to have existing practical and theoretical skills.

How is it assessed?

Unit Modules Weighting Format
Integrated Portfolio Performance and Composition 30% Non-exam assessment
Practical Component Board set composition and ensemble performance 30% Non-exam assessment
Listening and Appraising 40% External Exam: 1 hour and 30 mins


Exam Board: OCR

What do I need?

To succeed, students need to have existing practical and theoretical skills.