IGCSE

Why study the subject?

Taking Music at IGCSE will benefit anyone with a keen interest in Music.

This course will not only help you develop your musical skills but also help you in many other ways.

  • Developing confidence in performing in front of others.
  • Developing creativity through composition work.
  • Developing communication skills through both performance and composition and also within group work.
  • Organisation and self-discipline to be properly prepared for your performances.
  • Developing a sense of history through the study of musical eras
  • Developing an understanding of world cultures through studying music from different parts of the world.
  • Developing your brain - playing an instrument activates and connects more areas of your brain than any other known activity to date.


How is the subject taught?

As 60% of the exam is coursework, there is a large practical element where you will be working on developing your playing or singing skills. You will perform both as a soloist and as part of a group.

Composition is taught in class and you will be helped to develop these skills through numerous short exercises. This will allow both you and the teacher to see which genre of composition best suits you before embarking on your 2 final compositions.

The listening exam, not surprisingly, requires a lot of listening to a wide variety of music from around the world and from different periods of history as well as more popular modern genres. You will learn musical technical terms which help describe how music is constructed. Being able to read music certainly helps but is only required for certain questions in the exam.


It is expected that IGCSE music students will contribute to the musical life of the school through CCAs and other musical events. This helps to broaden experience and strengthen performance skills.


What topics are taught in Music?

Term 1.1

Year 10

Composition task 1

Solo performance

Introduction to Music history & general musical knowledge

Year 11

Final composition 1

Solo Performance

Term 1.2

Year 10

Composition task 2

Ensemble performance

Introduction to set works

Year 11

Final composition 1

Final composition 2

Ensemble performances

Term 2.1

Year 10

Composition task 3

Solo performance

Continue history, set works and music general knowledge

Year 11

Final composition 2

Solo & Ensemble performances

Term 2.2

Year 10

Composition task 4

Ensemble performance

Continue history, set works and music general knowledge

Year 11

Final Solo and Ensemble performances

Term 3

Year 10

Year 10 exam

Finish composition tasks

Continue history, set works and music general knowledge

Year 11

Revision and past papers

Key assessment dates:

Students will be assessed throughout the year using a range of activities and will sit for tests at multiple points through the year. Please see below for predicted assessments, however, please note, they may change throughout the year based on public holidays and other activities:

Term 1.1

Year 10

Composition task 1

Solo performance

Year 11

Recital performances

Recording Day

Term 1.2

Year 10

Composition task 2

Ensemble performance

Year 11

Completion of Composition 1

Term 2.1

Year 10

Composition task 3

Solo performance

Year 11

Mock exam

Completion of Composition 2

Term 2.2

Year 10

Composition task 4

Ensemble performance

Year 11

Recital performances

Recording Day

Term 3

Year 10

Performance at Art Exhibition evening

Year 11

Listening exam