gcse music revisionWatch
So i'm in y11 and taking gcse music. Last year we had a really terrible teacher and so basically did nothing but this year I have a really good teacher who is going to teach us the whole course in one year
But basically my problem is that I have mocks in 4 weeks and I have practically no notes on anything and no idea how to revise. I don't know how much detail i'm supposed to know each of the set pieces in. I'm a grade 8/9 student in all my subjects and don't want to get let down by this!
Can anyone help point me to how to revise and to any resources they made/found??
Trust me - make notes from the textbook! Read every page thoroughly, and write notes (I suggest making a table, with headers Melody, Rhythm, Texture, etc.) for each set work. You'll find that every single exam question can be answered by referring to these tables.
Do you mean the CGP revision guide or a textbook? I have the cgp revision guide but I've found its more a general overview of the pieces and doesn't go into enough detail. So on exam questions I never know enough
2. Stylistic features, e.g. Romantic features for Beethoven Piano Sonata and Baroque features in the Baroque ones
3. How it relates to the context (e.g. Star Wars and the film, or Defying Gravity and what is happening on stage)
4. Be able to justify your opinions and preferences of each of the set works with musical knowledge
And, most importantly, you need detailed ideas on these
The 7 elements:
1. Melody and Harmony
6. Tempo, metre, rhythm
Don't forget to practise dictation questions too. Just try notating some popular songs, I find that helps me.
BBC Bitesize have some really good stuff, but sometimes they miss out some of the elements so check out for that.
I don’t think I have them anymore, but I made lists for all of the set works with about 4 examples of each musical category - melody, harmony+tonality, rhythm etc. (I think you’ll be able to find all of them on the specification) which helped me to learn and pick more out when listening to the set works
Also it’s good to learn the typical features of the different musical periods, especially baroque, (for music for a while) classical and romantic (for the piano sonata)
I bought mine for $10 off someone in the year above at my school xD I'd honestly give it to you for free (as I'm in Y13 atm) but I doubt we're in the same country. They sell it on Amazon though: https://www.amazon.com/Edexcel-GCSE-.../dp/1292123141