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MUSIC

Northern Ireland GCSE Syllabus

WHAT YOU WILL BE LEARNING ABOUT

The course is divided into three strands - listening and appraising, performing, composing.

There are three areas of study

  • Music for Celebration
  • Musical Arrangements
  • Musical Traditions in Ireland.
Listening & Appraising
Performing
Composing
  • acquire a knowledge of a range of music
  • respond critically to music using appropriate vocabulary
  • recognise and identify musical detail
  • based on three areas of study
  • Individual performance
  • perform as part of a group
  • up to 5 mins duration, discuss music performed.
  • compile a folio of two compositions (performance time 3-5 mins with written commentary)

HOW YOU WILL BE ASSESSED

Listening & Appraising
Performing
Composing

25%

By examination (externally marked)

30% + 5% discussion = 35% 30% compositions

10% for commentary

Total = 40%

Coursework teacher assessment (moderated by CCEA)

(Please note 15% is given for oral and written communication.)

Career Opportunities:

Teaching (Primary and Secondary), Performance, Music Therapy, Music Journalism, Music Librarian, Publishing, Instrument Repair, Arts Administration, TV/Radio.

COSTS :

All students are expected to :

1. Have appropriate audio equipment, for example, Hi-Fi/tape deck.

2. Continue / begin instrumental tuition in addition to their music classes in school.

In addition to the above every effort will be made to ensure the students attend a variety of concerts to benefit from a ‘live’ performance. These are generally in the evening and parents may be expected to arrange transport/subsidise concert tickets.