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New content for GCSE is appearing regularly.
As of February 2018, we have lessons on these topics, all with listening tests. Most also have opportunities for extended writing.
The resources are also ideal as jumping off points for student composition and extension of performance technique.
|Area of study 1||Area of study 2||Area of study 3||Area of study 4|
|Haydn||Within You, Without You||Blues history||Music of Copland|
|Haydn Clock Symphony||With a Little Help from my Friends||African fusion||Copland Rodeo|
|Chopin, Schumann piano music||Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds||Caribbean and Latin music||Minimalism|
|Handel Oratorio||Melodic terms 3 - popular music||Contemporary British folk music|
|Handel Coronation Anthems||Guitar techniques|
|The requiem||Vocal techniques in popular song|
|Classical orchestral music (in preparation)||Drum techniques|
|Key signatures (5 lessons)||Popular song structure|
|Modulation (2 lessons)||Popular song chord progressions|
|Structure (2 lessons)||Since you been gone - unfamiliar listening|
|Melodic terms (2 lessons)||Killer Queen - unfamiliar listening|
|Melodic intervals (2 lessons)||Tempo|
|Articulation and phrasing||Melody and rhythm gap filling|
|Instrumental techniques||Broadway musical - Wicked|
|Melody and rhythm gap filling|
Here are a couple of GCSE screenshots. Notice the links to our multimedia dictionary:
The Haydn Symphony section includes five background pages of text, photos, recordings and YouTube links. Then there are seven pages on the piece itself, including an annotated score of the whole movement. Three listening tests are included, featuring questions like the one shown below - there are also discussion questions.
We now have extended resources for area of study 2 (popular music), including detailed study of nearly all the musical elements, as well as the three Beatles songs.
Three 70s pop songs are used for 'unfamiliar' listening.
Here's a test related to the requiem (Area of study 1). Fill in the missing notes.
This video of African-Celt rock fusion music gives you an idea of how our resources work:
AS and A Level
We now have analysis, music scores and listening tests for the Purcell, Bach and Vivaldi set works. Other pieces will then follow. Here is a screenshot from our first listening test:
Here is a screenshot for the Bach Violin Concerto in A minor. We have a complete score of the first movement of the concerto to follow, as well as listening and discussion tests.