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AQA

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 Melodic terms 3 - popular music Blues history Music of Copland
Haydn Clock Symphony Guitar techniques Modern folk music (in preparation) Copland Rodeo
Chopin, Schumann piano music Vocal techniques in popular song Fusion music (in preparation) Minimalism
Handel Oratorio Drum techniques Latin music (in preparation) Britten (in preparation)
Handel Coronation Anthems Popular song structure
The requiem Popular song chord progressions
Classical orchestral music (in preparation) Since you been gone - unfamiliar listening
Key signatures lesson 1 Killer Queen - unfamiliar listening
Key signatures lesson 2 Tempo
Melodic terms Rhythm in popular song (in preparation)
Melodic terms 2
Melodic intervals
Melodic intervals 2
Ornaments
Articulation and phrasing
Instrumental techniques
Texture

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Here are a couple of GCSE screenshots. Notice the links to our multimedia dictionary:

HaydnSymphonyNew

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.

HaydnTestNew

We now have extended resources for area of study 2 (popular music), including detailed study of nearly all the musical elements. Three 70s pop songs are used for 'unfamiliar' listening.

SlideGuitar

Here's a test related to the requiem (Area of study 1). Fill in the missing notes.

RequiemMissingNotes

Our most recent video is actually of an Edexcel set work, but it 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:

AQAPurcell

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.

AQABach