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    I have a lot of experience in music. I started playing the piano at 7 and went to a music school after my regular school 2 times a week for about 3 hours. I also had a piano teacher come to my house about 3 times a week for an hour and a half. All of this until I was 11- for 4 years. I also have 2 years of experience playing the violin, but that doesn't really matter because it's not the instrument I want to take.

    Anyways, I had to stop the intensive study at 11 because it was too much for me- at that time I had gotten into a professional art school with lessons 3 times a week for 3 hours. I moved to England at 13 so we had to sell our piano. Now, at 14 years old and in the middle of Year 10 I would like to start playing the piano again. I was wondering if it is possible to regain the skills I had 3 years ago. My parents allowed me to buy another piano. I am planning to ask the music department at my school if I can take the GCSE, but that is only when I've gotten enough practice to the point where if they ask me, I could play a piece well. My question is, if I practice every day for the year that I have left, would it be possible for me to get a 9 in GCSE music?
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    I mean the music is more about set works exam and composition and the performance side is only a small factor, you have to do a group piece and a solo so you’d need to learn two. But I reckon you could breeze through the set works you’d just be a little behind on composition but if you put in extra time during lunch breaks or after school if possible then you should be okay. I mean there’s a possibility of you getting a 9 but who’s to say. I guess you could if you put the work in.
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    I did GCSE music last year (OCR) so I don't know how much the course has changed. But talk to a music teacher to find out EXACTLY what you are going to need to produce. We had to play a solo piece, an ensemble piece, and make 2 compositions. What grade are you in piano? I'd say a grade 4 would be enough for top grades.
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    Hi! Being able to play an instrument well is actually only 30% of your GCSE grade. If you’re able to play grade 5 and up you should be fine. Another 30% is composing, you don’t need to be a master of piano bc you can literally play a bunch of random notes and move them around to get a melody - dead easy.
    40% of is theory which is just recognising things in music, which you don’t need to play an instrument for.

    Depends on your exam board but my school need 2 performance recordings and 2 compositions in submitted by mid-March of year 11 at the very latest. If you believe you can play well enough by then (which you should if you have prior knowledge) and are compose 2 2minute pieces of music (im a year 11 and we’ve done both of ours this year) you should be fine. Tbf a lot of schools start the GCSE spec in year 10 so you’re a few months behind but it’s nothing insurmountable.

    Double check with school but you should be okay. Good luck with your studies!
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