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GCSE MUSIC. Year 10 Information Evening Wed 19 th October 2011 Mrs E Hastings-Clarke Head of Music [email protected] OCR examining board. Four Units How are pupils assessed? Controlled assessment -60% Integrated task Practical portfolio Exam work

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gcse music


Year 10 Information Evening

Wed 19th October 2011

Mrs E Hastings-Clarke

Head of Music

[email protected]

ocr examining board
OCR examining board

Four Units

How are pupils assessed?

Controlled assessment -60%

  • Integrated task
  • Practical portfolio

Exam work

  • Creative task (45 minutes) – 15%
  • Listening paper – 25%
what does controlled assessment mean in music
What does controlled assessment mean in Music?
  • Medium control
  • Limited to 10 hours per composition
  • 4 hours per log/evaluation
  • Under ‘exam’ conditions
  • Bring own headphones to every lesson
  • Cannot take composition work out of lessons
what does controlled assessment mean in music cont
What does controlled assessment mean in Music? cont.
  • But can develop ideas at home, but cannot bring anything written down into lesson
  • Any specific help that is given by teacher must be logged
  • For performances, must be recorded in the presence of teacher ( i.e. Mr Walton or myself)
integrated task unit one b351
Integrated Task (Unit ONE B351)
  • A performance (15%)
    • recorded
  • A commentary (5%)
    • Including the brief
    • Written using MS word
    • No more than 400 words
  • A composition (10%)
    • Recorded
  • Any style or genre
  • To show technical control, expression, interpretation
  • Show understanding of typical features of the instrument
  • Recorded as a Solo accompanied either live or by a cd

30% of the GCSE (Controlled Assessment)

  • Context of the piece and the role of their instrument in it
  • Instrumental Techniques used
  • Quality of performance
  • A brief for a composition based on the techniques above
  • For your instrument
  • Can be a solo or as part of a group in which your instrument is the most prominent part
practical portfolio unit two b352
Practical Portfolio (Unit TWO B352)

A group performance (15%)Live performance

A composition (10%) from AOS 2, 3 or 4composition for a group or a piece of dance music

A composition log and evaluation (5%)

a clear brief

A diary of your composition

An evaluation of the success of your work

  • 30% of total GCSE (Controlled Assessment)
when will controlled assessments take place
When will controlled assessments take place?
  • Composition in a dance style, composition log and evaluation –

first half term of Spring Term 2012

  • Composition for own instrument –

first half term of Winter Term 2012

  • Performance 1 (solo) and commentary – June 2012
  • Performance 2 (group) –

November 2012

what can parents do to help to prepare for controlled assessments
What can parents do to help to prepare for controlled assessments?
  • Encourage children to do regular practice
  • Ask them what they are performing and discuss with them what in particular they are practicing to improve etc
  • Encourage small scale composition and improvisation at home as part of regular practice time (also important for Creative Task exam)
  • Ask them to perform to you at home
aos 1
AoS 1

AoS 2 = Shared Music

AoS 4 = Descriptive Music

AoS 3 = Dance Music

  • AoS 1 covers the work found in Unit 1 (The Integrated Task)
  • AoS 1 = Unit 1 and the creative task
  • Ensembles
  • Orchestral
  • Choral
  • Jazz band
  • Paired dance
    • Waltz
    • Latin – tango/salsa
  • Group
    • Line dancing/ bhangra
  • Improvised
    • Disco/ club dance
  • Programme Music (Classical music that tells a story)
  • Film Music
what can parents do to help
What can parents do to help?
  • For Listening exam (June 2013)
  • Encourage children to listen to as much different music as possible
  • Have stations such as Classic FM;Radio 3 on in the car/at home etc/via internet/digital radio or through live streaming sites
  • Short and regular exposure to different types of music works best
  • Ask children to comment on what they hear; encourage them to discuss music with you
what can parents do to help cont
What can parents do to help? cont.
  • Make cards with keywords on for each topic
  • Play games with the cards e.g how many words on Tango can you name in a minute?
  • Take any opportunities at home, and when on holiday, that may arise to see live music in action
on a weekly basis
On a weekly basis
  • Pupils set homework once a week, in addition to regular practice on instrument
  • Specific listening homeworks, use Youtube/ live streaming sites etc
  • End of topic tests
  • Half termly performances and assessment
  • Mini composition exercises
  • Attending extra-curricular activities
what websites may help
What websites may help?
  • Use www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/guide to practice identifying instruments
  • www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/ is also useful for instruments and general context
  • www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/
  • www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/
  • www.classicfm.co.uk/
  • www.jazzfm.com/
useful study support guides
Useful study/support guides
  • OCR GCSE Music Study Guide (2nd edition) – Rudland, Galley and Marshall (pub. Rhinegold)
  • GCSE Music, OCR Specification, Areas of Study (pub. CGP)
  • As above, Core Book (useful for those with less music theory knowledge)