GCSE Music

Would I be a suitable candidate for IGCSE Music?

Students should only consider taking Music IGCSE if they are of a minimum Grade II standard, or the equivalent, on an instrument or voice, as students will be expected to achieve a performance standard of Grade IV or V by the time they reach February of their UVth year.  It is recommended that students take Grade V theory before the end of the iGCSE course.

What does the course involve?

Students will listen to musical recordings and be taken to concerts at the Royal Festival Hall, The Royal Albert Hall, The Royal Opera House and Glyndebourne.  Girls will study a wide variety of genres from Western Europe as well as many other parts of the world.  Each is placed in its historical and cultural context and girls are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening.  In class music students will analyse musical scores, perform as soloists and in ensemble and compose their own musical scores using musical computer software.  As a result of this creative approach, girls will develop their appreciation and understanding of music.  This course forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.

IGCSE Course Structure

Unit Description Assessment
Performance The course requires a musical girl to perform both solo and in ensemble.  The pieces will be presented through a range of performance opportunities including a recital.  The most successful of these performances will be recorded and submitted as coursework. Coursework
30% of iGCSE
Composition Music students will compose a minimum of two contrasting pieces.  This opportunity will allow them to demonstrate creativity and understanding of how music is structured.  Each composition will be performed and recorded and submitted as coursework. Coursework
30% of iGCSE
Understanding                  Music Students will develop a clear understanding of how music has changed over time in Europe; what is happening musically in the wider world; and how to hear and recognise different musical features and techniques.  Music from the wider world, for example Gamelan Music, Music of Africa and Arabia, Indian Music will also be studied. Examination
40% of iGSCE