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We are pleased to announce that our new GCSE (9-1) Music qualification is accredited for first teaching in 2016.
Our GCSE (9-1) Music qualification provides a contemporary, accessible and creative education in music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and appraising.
Inspires creativity – Students are encouraged to broaden their musical horizons and understanding with areas of study that motivate and challenge.
Offers choices to appeal to you and your students – The range of topics will allow for practical and musical teaching and is designed to cater for a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions.
Combines the traditional and modern – There are exciting opportunities for students to study diverse and traditional fields, as well as develop interest in all aspects of their musical heritage.
Encourages students to experiment – There’s plenty of opportunity to work on their own performing, composing and listening.
Comes with support and guidance – Our focus is on high-quality creative resources built on best practice. They’re designed to support creative teaching approaches and progression for all students.
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Accredited specification for the new GCSE (9–1) Music qualification.
An overview of our GCSE (9–1) Music qualification for first teaching September 2016
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This resource provides candidate style examples of acceptable score formats, with associated examiner commentary.
Mock answers with examiner commentary for the Listening and appraising sample question paper.
A suggested framework for delivering Areas of Study including a two year scheme of work.
This lesson element focuses on engaging activities and ideas that help learners to understand how composers of film music convey action and emotion on screen.
Aimed at students and parents, this factsheet outlines some of the key benefits of studying OCR's art, music and drama qualifications in general.
This fact sheet for teachers outlines the new content and the new assessment model of the specification for first teaching from September 2016.
An at a glance summary of the sample listening paper track listing for GCSE.
This lesson element on film music comprises of both teacher instructions and learner activity sheets.
This pack focuses on Area of Study 5, conventions of pop, and includes possible student activities and information sheets.
This pack looks at Area of Study 4, film music, and includes possible student activities and information sheets.
This pack focuses on the four geographical areas listed in the Area of Study and suggests engaging teaching activities, repertoire and resources.
This resource focuses on Area of Study 2 and suggests a variety of lesson activities with student worksheets. It also includes summary sheets for students on each of the four concerto styles.
Focusing on the topic of Chords, this guide looks at the transition from KS3 to KS4 curriculum.
This learner activity accompanies the transition guide.
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A definitive study guide for the 'reformed' GCSE (9-1) specification. Written by experts, this comprehensive guide covers all components of the GCSE (Performing, Composing and Appraising), gives support and practice in dealing with ‘unfamiliar’ repertoire and offers comprehensive support for the composing briefs. The guide is supplied with practice questions and advice on essay writing and features tests and activities to help monitor progress. It also introduces the terminology and techniques that the specification requires students to know.
Publication date: October 2016