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Model School Primary School, Northland Rd, County Londonderry

Welcome to the Music Department

GCSE Music


This CCEA GCSE course has been developed to build on the knowledge and understanding of Music through a variety of learning activities. The main activities carried out are:

  • Listening
  • Composing
  • Performing

The core areas of music that you study are Note Patterns, Music for Voice and Musical traditions in Ireland. Pupils will get the opportunity to develop their listening skill through a diverse range of Music.

You will learn how:

  • to improve your performing skills
  • music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product
  • to analyse music in a variety of styles and discover the social and historical context in which music has been composed over the last 400 years or so.


Component 1 – Composing and appraising 30%

Pupils will create two contrasting compositions and keep a compositional log for each. One of these must be related to the core or an optional area of study. The composition portfolio’s length should be 3-6 minutes in total.


Component 2 – Performing and appraising 30%

Pupils perform two pieces of music. These include one piece related to the core or optional areas of study


Component 3 – Listening and appraising 40%

Written paper: Aural Perception, which comprises two parts.

Part 1: is based on the core area of study. One of the questions in this part relates to the impact of music on work and leisure,

Part 2: is based on optional areas of study.


Both parts 1 and 2 include questions on familiar and unfamiliar music.