Should I pick music GCSE?Watch
(edit: in terms of specifics, most exam boards require you to play at grade 3 standard. the whole gcse is 30% composition, 30% performance, and 40% exam)
It suited him actually as it filled a gcse slot and didn’t put any pressure on him.
Truthfully I don’t think that the level of difficulty is anything you’d struggle with as an instrument player. It’s a relatively basic level.
What he did comment on was the jump in difficulty at a level. Something to consider
But you should be ok. Good luck
you can do music in your own time as u may feel ur not learning anything in music gcse and do another subject. im not trying to sway u off choosing music, but i know from my own experience choosing compsci gcse and music in my freetime worked out better for me. but if you prefer the atmosphere and lower work load then no ones stopping you. id still consider other subjects you like though--just dont base ur choice on what career u want as its too early, though learning something new/interesting could help. doesnt really matter what u pick in the end so dont worry
I did GCSE music last year and got an 8, and i was in a similar situation to you (I was doing grade 7 piano at the time, but I’d never done any composition before and I think that I only did it in the first place because people expected me to with the piano). I really enjoyed it in the end - the composition was a bit boring but my class was really small and I liked my teachers. If you’re good at your instrument, I don’t think that it’s hard to get high marks in the performance section (I got 39/40), and the exam wasn’t too bad. Overall, I think that it’s quite a fun course to do, and it was a really nice change for me from the academic subjects that I was doing