Edexcel GCSE Music Exam

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Does anybody else think that Edexcel have been really vague about what we need to know? It is getting on anybody's nerves?

We don't even have any past papers as this is the first time that this exam has run...just one specimen paper that we did in lesson time. Anybody want to complain? I know it doesn't help, but Edexcel have really annoyed me!

Posted: 13-05-11 20:00 by Rebecca

It is annoying, and I definately would have liked more past papers because there is such a huge range of questions that could be asked. I may complain, depending on how the exam goes. I have a feeling I am no going to do very well. :(

Posted: 14-05-11 11:46 by Chloe

I think because we seem to be the Guinea pig year and loads of teachers (including from my school) have complained, we'll probably get cut some slack. For example, some of the textbooks and revision guides are wrong or contradict each other. So if there are different answers in different revision books produced my Edexcel, then they're likely to mark either answer as correct and amend it for the next year or something.
Hope that puts you at ease a little bit, but, as my teachers keep saying, we are all in the same boat :S

Posted: 15-05-11 10:24 by Hazel Rimmer

Yep, suppose you are right. Don't you think that there has been soo much to learn?

Good luck everybody; the exams on Tuesday! :(

Posted: 15-05-11 15:29 by Rebecca

Yes, and it's really difficult to distinguish what is useless background information and we'll actually need to know!!! Argghh.. hopefully compositions and performances will help us all out... :S
Yes GOOD LUCK everyone :) x 

Posted: 15-05-11 15:50 by Hazel Rimmer

What did you guys set your compositions in? i mean, what area of stud???

Posted: 15-05-11 18:24 by Andy andy

I did a Dance piece which goes into Popular Music AOS 3
and a Latin/Jazz one which went into World Music AOS 4
What about you? 

Posted: 15-05-11 19:33 by Hazel Rimmer

I did a soundtrack piece which i didnt know where to place so it's in AOS 1 and a minimalist piece which goes into AOS 2 ^^

Posted: 16-05-11 16:27 by Andy andy

Ah nice. What about performances? Solo and Ensemble?

Posted: 16-05-11 17:46 by Hazel Rimmer


Which Questions do you reckon will come up ? My Teacher has predicted





Its going to be great fun ... NOT ! :(,

I only got a few specimen papers and thats all, and they are useless unless you have the sound extracts provided with the question :( more woes.. Edexcel oh edexcel hope you allow us :D...

oh and also can someone tell me what 'Perfect Cadence' means again, is it something to do with the ending of the piece, however i am pretty sure that is a CODA ..


Good Luck everyone once again ;)

Much Love xxxx

Posted: 16-05-11 21:46 by Frenchie

A perfect cadence is when it ends on chord 1? and sounds finished x

Posted: 16-05-11 22:02 by Maria

Thanks :) x

Posted: 16-05-11 22:17 by Frenchie

How did you guys find it??

Posted: 17-05-11 18:03 by Hazel Rimmer