Should I pick music GCSE?Watch
I am very musical and I play three instruments (piano, flute, saxophone), but I have never properly composed before - only messed around a bit. Should I take music for GCSE's or not as I know the composition is a big part of it. Is it worth taking it or doing a different subject (eg. computer science) as I do music outside of school anyway and I don't want to have a musical career? My minimum expected grade is a 9 but I don't know how hard it is to get a 9 in music. Is there a specific criteria? Also, has anyone done it and if you have, what did you think of it? Sorry for lots of questions I just don't want to regret my decision as I have to pick my subjects now.
A note on computer science, considering you mentioned it as a possible alternative, it is a very, very dry subject largely consistent of memorising things, and doesn't have a very practical focus, I think. I took it a couple years ago, and now take the A-Level (it's very dry too, but somewhat improved), but I would say don't take Computer Science unless you really enjoy it, or you know the teachers are good at making the subject interesting.
I personally think you should take Music. It's a great subject, definitely one of my favourites. Also, as for minimum expected grades, just ignore them. Mine are all 9s, but that was because of a baseline test made up of vocabulary knowledge, pattern recognition and mathematics, which are 3 things I happen to be very good at (but it doesn't mean I can even begin to write a decent essay, or have the energy to care enough about Biology to do well at it). Set yourself your own targets for the subject, and work toward those instead.