Music Article

MUSIC

WHAT SORT OF PERSON CAN DO THIS COURSE? 
Anybody wishing to develop a range of skills in performing,
composing and listening and with a genuine interest in the
subject. 


WHAT IS GCSE MUSIC ALL ABOUT? 
The course splits into 3 sections:      
1. Performing -You work during the course to improve your
	playing and/or singing. The pieces can be of your own
choice and are recorded onto cassette. 
2. Composing -In the March of year 11, you hand in two of
	your own 1NJ compositions which you have completed
 	during the course.
3. Listening - Learning about all types and styles of 
	Music - pop, Classical, jazz, non-wester.:


There will also be opportunities to take part in trips 
to see, hear and talk to professional musicians at a 
variety of concerts. 


WHAT SORT OF WORK WILL I BE EXPECTED TO DO? AND HOW MUCH
HOMEWORK WILL I GET? There will be lots of practical 
activities. Half the lessons cover the listening component
and half the lessons cover performing and composing. 


There are four areas of study which are: 
1. Learning about your own instrument 
2) How composers use melody 
3) Dance music (1600's -1980's) 4) World music.


Most of the coursework is practical which you will work
on in class each week and keep adding your own ideas and
improving them at home. As each piece is finished it goes
into your folio and is recorded onto cassette. 
Each week there will be a listening and/or theory 
assignment and you are expected to practice your 
instrument regularly. You also need to be able to read
music to a basic standard. 


DO I NEED ANY SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR FACILITIES? 
You can get by without your own instrument/keyboard but 
it is an advantage to have your own. You will also need 
2 x C60 cassettes and a 3.5" floppy disc when you are 
using the computer as an aide to composition.