Year 10 – Music Exam

You will be taking a past paper from the previous CGSE specification and will be 1 hour long. Your main revision resources should be the topic area booklets that we have used in lessons since the start of the course. These contain information regarding the historical context of the style/ genre, some key instruments and a glossary of key terms related to that topic area. In addition, in some of them are links to the pieces we listened to when completing the listening exercises.

Other key areas to focus on should be be:

  • Time signatures: Ensure you have an understanding of common time signatures that use simple and compound time.
  • Texture Terminology: You should be aware of and have an understanding of key terms that relate to texture in Music, such as homophonic, monophonic, polyphonic etc
  • Key Signatures: You should know all key signatures up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats.
  • Common Italian Terms: You need to know the key terms used to explain tempo and dynamics using Italian terms.
  • Cadences: You should know the 4 common cadences used in music, along with having an understanding of Tierce de Picardie.

In addition to these you may also wish to look at the GCSE Bitesize website. Please make sure you look at the sections relating to AQA GCSE Music and not other exam boards. The sections on Music Theory, Music Styles, World Music (not the Indian music section) and Traditional Music from the British Isles would be most useful to you.

Try to identify how specific instruments have been used. Try listening to a song several times and each time write a description of how each instrument has been used. You could listen to two versions of the same song and compare how they are similar and different.  When structuring your answers you should aim to use PEED, and should always aim to link a musical feature with a specific instrument/part that can be heard within the music.

Music Technology

Year 10 Music Technology Mock Exam

The Mock Exam will comprise of two one hour exams (this will be the complete format for the actual exam later in the year)

Both exams test knowledge and learning related to the two course work units studied so far:

Unit 01 – Using a DAW

Unit 03 – Studio Recording

The first exam is written. For this paper students will be answering questions which require either short or long answer responses. Students will be required to draw upon their knowledge with regard to how MIDI messages, track types and file types, methods of editing and dynamic processing. In addition their understanding of different types of microphones, application of these and solutions to problems that may occur while recording in a studio. 

The second exam will test knowledge and learning of the above units through practical application. Here students will follow particular instructions and use both MIDI and audio samples to build, edit and create (compose musical ideas or extend musical ideas from the MIDI/audio samples) a piece of music using a DAW. Students will save their work at various stages as they move through the exam and will also be required to provide both written and ‘screen shot’ evidence to demonstrate their understanding of the aspects of the practical exam. Both practical and written evidence will be required to be saved in a designated format.

Useful revision materials for both exams can be found below. In addition students have notes and handouts in their folders which are also to be used for revision.