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GCSE Music advice please

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runforthehills65 Fri 03-May-13 12:16:50

My son showed no interest in playing an instrument until Year 7. He is now in Year 8 and about to take Trinity Grade 1 piano.

He practises a fair amount at home and does seem to be able to play pieces by ear quite easily.

I am not musical at all and wondered whether this level is too low to do GCSE Music? His music teacher said he should ideally be grade 3 level but thinks he will cope.

Anyone whose DC has taken GSCE Music and how hard is it?

He's got to chose now for Year 9 and I don't want him taking this if he will really struggle and could chose another option, ie. geography or 2nd language.


stillenacht Thu 09-May-13 21:44:34

I work in a selective state school. I live the music teaching side but its sadly like a sideline to everything else...

morethanpotatoprints Thu 09-May-13 21:44:42

sorry to hijack

Does anybody know how many different boards there are for GCSE and also the main differences between them?
E.g is there one that has a lesser percentage of coursework than others.

stillenacht Thu 09-May-13 21:45:09

love not live

stillenacht Thu 09-May-13 21:46:50

OCR (60% coursework or controlled assessment as it is now) Edexcel the same..not sure about WJEC or AQA

morethanpotatoprints Thu 09-May-13 22:21:18


Oh well, I guess it was worth a try. I am longing to find a GCSE in music that can be taken outside school so performance and exam. I doubt we'll ever find one. thanks.

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