Mrs Beer (Head of Arts) 

Mr Richardson (Head of Music)


Instrumental Lessons: Provided by Dudley Performing Arts

Extra-Curricular Clubs: Choir, Orchestra, School Production, GCSE Controlled Assessment and most evening pupils can use the equipment and rooms if pre-booked with staff.


Year 7

  • Rhythm and beat
  • Introduction to music technology
  • Mood Music
  • Popular Music
  • Sequencing
  • Popular Music (Music Theory)
  • Listening test
  • 3 Listening Tests (Musical Periods & Music Theory)

Year 8

  • Theme and Variations
  • Minimalism
  • World Rhythms
  • World Music
  • Blues
  • Descriptive music
  • 3 Listening Tests (Musical Periods & Music Theory)

Year 9

  • Pop Music performance
  • Song composition (Music Technology)
  • Creating an Arrangement (performance on chosen instrument)
  • Creating an arrangement using Music Technology
  • Classically influenced composition (Classical genre, used in Electronic Music)
  • 4 chords: composition (Music Periods)
  • 3 Listening Tests (Musical Periods & Music Theory)

All work is assessed half termly against GCSE grading criteria


OCR Exam Board

Outline of the Course:

If you want to improve your skills on an instrument/your voice, broaden you knowledge of music theory and a range of musical style throughout history and compose music in a range of styles, then GCSE music could be for you.

What will you do throughout the two years?

  • choose an instrument that you enjoy playing and want to improve your skills on;
  • perform pieces on your instrument as a soloist and within an ensemble;
  • enjoy free instrumental or singing lessons within school;
  • compose pieces of music in various traditional and modern styles;
  • study the Theory of Music including note-reading;
  • develop your listening and appreciation skills by studying music from the 1600s to the present day from all over the world;
  • explore a wide range of musical resources;
  • increase self-confidence, team working and problem solving skills through performance;
  • advance your Music Technology skills.

Assessment Procedures:

Performing: 30%

  • performance on your chosen instrument/voice;
  • ensemble performance.
  • Composing: 30%
  • composition based on brief set by you;
  • composition to a brief set by the exam board.

Listening Exam 40%

A range of questions to test your knowledge and understanding of music theory and the various styles studied. This includes 2 questions that require the reading and understanding of a musical score.

Opportunities Post 16:

GCSE music develops organisation, communication and leadership skills that are desirable qualities for all employers.

Careers in music include:

  • music industry;
  • media industry;
  • education.

GCSE music provides a foundation for post-16 study of Music and Music Technology BTECs and A Levels.