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Year 10   -  OCR GCSE (9-1) Music (J536)


Year 11  -  OCR GCSE Music 9-1  (J536)









AOS 1 (My Music)

Building Performance Skills

During this term, students will be introduced to the GCSE course and will learn how to rehearse and perform a solo piece of music to a small audience.



“An Introduction to Composing”

Melodic and Harmonic Composition Skills using Sibelius and Garageband

Techniques of Composing: tune and accompaniment, link with AOS 2 (The Concerto) though Time)

Solo instrument and Accompaniment

Solo Instrument and Orchestra

Piano and guitar accompaniment styles (link with Pop Music)

October Class Showcase – video, programme notes and appraisals.

Performance development over time.




Listening and composition activities.


Set Brief Composition (AOS 2-5)

Set Brief Composition launched (Controlled Assessment) – three hours a fortnight. This will require students to compose a piece of music in a particular style and using a given stimulus.


AOS 2 (The Concerto through Time)

Baroque , Classical and Romantic Concerto and orchestral changes through time.


Composition submitted in a recorded form and accompanied by a score, lead sheet or written commentary (15%)






Listening Tests

Short composition exercises.


Ensemble Performance

SATB Vocal Music – voices in harmony

Listening to Choral Music and performing as a whole class: focus on texture, harmony, dynamics, articulation and performance skills within a group.

Christmas Ely Cathedral Performance – Dec 2019

AOS 1 (My Music)

Preparing for and recording GCSE performance pieces – 4 minutes of the student performing at least two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble piece.


Regular class performances and feedback

Final recordings in October 2019 (30%). Score/lead sheet must be submitted for each performance.


AOS 5 (Conventions of Pop)

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
  • Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day


Students compose a piece of music to their own set brief. This is completely free and can be in any style, for any instrument.

Students are expected to use and develop their

knowledge and understanding of rhythm, melody, harmony and compositional techniques.

Group compositions – pop song writing in the style of a chosen genre.

Listening Tests.





Composition submitted in a recorded form and accompanied by a score, lead sheet or written commentary (15%)

Complete review of AOS 4 and 5 (Conventions of Pop and Film Music)


Revision and listening exercises based on Conventions of Pop and Film/Video Game Music.

Revision of key words

Practice papers.







Listening Tests.

Short composition tasks.


AOS 4 (Film Music)

Students study a range of music used for films including:

• music that has been composed specifically for a film

• music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used within a film

• music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game

Short composition exercises in groups and individually – composing music to support action on screen.

Complete Review of AOS 2 and 3 (Concerto through Time and Rhythms of the World)

Revision of Vocabulary

Practice Papers

Listening and composition exercises.

Practice Papers.


AOS 3 (Rhythms of the World)

African Drumming




Indian Classical Music

Greek Folk Music

Israeli and Palestinian Folk Music

Listening Tests

Class Workshops

Short composition exercises.


June 2019 – Listening Examination (40%)

Listening examination.