Curriculum – KS4 Music

Why Choose Music?

  • GCSE Music is a fun, challenging and varied course that will extend your performing, composing and listening skills and give you a deeper understanding of a range of musical genres and styles.
    Lessons are practical and there will be extensive opportunities to perform and compose. GCSE Music students also benefit from the chance to hear live performances and to work with visiting musicians.
  • A GCSE in Music provides an excellent foundation for taking Music or Music Technology at A level and is valuable to anyone thinking of a career in the arts……but it also develops transferable skills including creativity, teamwork, communication, problem-solving, resilience and self-discipline.
  • People who study music at school go on to be doctors, lawyers, architects, politicians, inventors, advertising executives and much more!

Course Content

Unit 1: Performing

You will perform two pieces – one solo and one ensemble – at different points in Year 11. These can be on any instrument (including voice) and in any style.

Unit 2: Composing

You will compose two pieces of your own – one will be in response to a brief from the exam board and the other will be a free choice. You can choose whether to compose using Logic or to produce a written score.

Unit 3: Listening

You will study a variety of music, including dance fusion, jazz, the musical Wicked, Queen, Star Wars, as well as classical composers such as Bach and Beethoven. We will explore these pieces by playing and singing them, as well as learning how to analyse them in detail.


Exam Board – Edexcel
Final Grade – New GCSE Grades 1-9
Structure of Assessment
 Unit 1 (Performing): 30%, assessed through recordings of two performances
Unit 2 (Composing): 30% assessed through two compositions
Unit 3 (Listening): 40% assessed by a listening exam at the end of the course