Course Description

Throughout the course we will introduce the students to the range of skills needed for GCSE Music. We will focus primarily on the Composition and Performance skills which make up the majority of the GCSE Course (60%). We will also look at the listening skills required for identifying musical features and instruments within a piece of music. We will enable all students to become confident composers and performers through a range of class, small group and individual activities.

Course Content

We will explore music from a wide range of genres and traditions including Popular Music, Jazz, World Music and Orchestral Music. Through a range of composition tasks, we will introduce the students to the technology and music production software in the Department which will support them with composing their music. We will look at a range of ways of notating music, including staff notation, so that all students are confident in their ability to record musical ideas. Students will have the opportunity to compose music in small groups, pairs and individually (later in the year).

We will undertake a range of performance tasks which will allow students to develop their instrumental/vocal skills. We will also explore how a piece of music can be layered to create an effective composition. Students will also develop a thorough understanding of what makes a good performance, both when playing as an individual and as part of a group.


The students will be assessed on their composition, listening and performance skills. They will be given critical feedback on:

  • How to develop their performing skills, including building confidence.
  • How to develop their composition ideas to create exciting, imaginative and successful music.
  • Identifying different compositional techniques through listening.

By the end of the year we hope to ensure that all students are confident young musicians who are proficient in both composition and performing.

Please note that while performing on an instrument/voice is not a requirement for Year 9, the GCSE Music syllabus in Years 10 and 11 includes performing, which is worth 30% of the course, and students must be able to perform on an instrument/sing. Therefore, all students taking the GCSE course would be strongly advised to receive regular instrumental/vocal lessons on their first instrument. There will be an additional charge for this if lessons are taken with a Hampshire Music Service teacher organised through the school.

Enquiries to: Mr B Cull – Learning Leader: Music