What should i expect in my Edexcel music exam?

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I dont know how my detail i should learn things in, and what should i learn? There is so much to learn!

Posted: 31-03-11 17:51 by Robert

I HAVE NO IDEA! Lol, they haven't released it yet, but there's a really good revision guide on Amazon that condenses it all down but still has quite a bit. It's not CGP, it costs about six pounds and has a blue cover - sorry I can't remember the name!

Posted: 10-04-11 17:37 by Angharad

You need to learn all topics for the exam coz any could come up! They should all be in a revision guide

Posted: 10-04-11 17:56 by Emma

I know, it's so annoying! BTW, anyone got any hints for the Jeff Buckley song? I find that one a bit of a struggle.....

Posted: 11-04-11 18:14 by Angharad

Hi Guys. The Blue revision guide, which is fantastic, is "GCSE Music Revision Guide" by "Rhinegold Education". It is very good.

I understand what you all mean; Edexcel has been rather vague about the whole thing. I went on their website and checked out the specification and it basically said this:

For each of the set pieces, you should be able to comment on...

  • Structure
  • Performance Markings and Articulations
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Melody
  • Tonality/Harmony
  • Texture
  • Dynamics
  • Instrumentation/Use of a specific instrument.
  • Composition Date
  • A small amount of cultural/historical background detail.

The small blue book is brilliant for this. I'm annoyed too guys - they haven't been that specific at all.

Also, you should know...

  • Key features of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and Modern Eras.
  • Sonata form (concerning the Mozart piece)
  • Basic Theory - i.e. elements of music
  • In the Indian piece, get to know the Indian terms - i.e alap, tal etc. Same goes for the Koko piece.
  • In the Schoenberg piece, get to know all the instruments and what they do.

For anybody who doesn't know the basic structure of the exam - it is 1h30mins long, and is split up into 2 sections, A and B. In the A section, there is 12 questions (one for each Set Work), which might be split up into subquestions. You will have to listen to an extract for each of the Set Works. In the B section, which Edexcel advises you to spend 25 mins on, there is 2 possible questions. Only answer one of them. It will be an "in-detail" question, worth 12 marks, on a Set Work. So, for example, you might have to pick between the Chopin or the Capercaille.

I hope this has helped. If you have any specific questions about a particular set work, just ask! :)

Posted: 11-04-11 19:50 by Rebecca

you basically have to know everything.

I'm learning the long answers for each piece by making notes on all the possible "elements of music" they might ask.

True the Rhinegold book is good, but sometimes not thorough for info on the long answers.

Posted: 23-04-11 18:20 by Pui Pui

For my information, my school booked the trip to the Edexcel music conference in London where the people who write the exams really helped. If you want I could try and copy up a few of the ideas they gave us in a booklet.

Also, our school gave us the CGP revision books which are quite good.

Posted: 24-04-11 11:36 by Chloe

I feel that the CGP is not well structured enough in terms of what Rebecca said:

  • Structure
  • Performance Markings and Articulations
  • Rhythm
  • Tempo
  • Melody
  • Tonality/Harmony
  • Texture
  • Dynamics
  • Instrumentation/Use of a specific instrument.
  • Composition Date
  • A small amount of cultural/historical background detail.

It lacks Consistency. Angharad It would be helpful if you could find out the name of the revision guide which you found on amazon, as it may benefit me alongside others.

Pui Pui Would you be able to share your notes?

Thanks In Advance

Frenchie :)

Posted: 25-04-11 21:41 by Frenchie

i'm in the process of typing them up in powerpoint. i will share them asap. the problem is i keep telling people i will type all my notes up but i never get the time to do all of them. the and the glory of the lord one is up.

of course do tell me if there are mistakes etc.

Posted: 25-04-11 22:07 by Pui Pui

looool, that is perfectly normal thanks a lot.

Your handel presentation is great thank you

Posted: 25-04-11 23:26 by Frenchie

Also I think this is the Book Angharad was talking about, Im not too sure: does anyone have this and it is useful towards us studying for music GCSE ?

http://www.amazon.co.uk/dp/1907447091/ref=rdr_ext_sb_ti_hist_1

Posted: 25-04-11 23:27 by Frenchie

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Edexcel-GCSE-Music-Study-Guide/dp/190617878X/ref=sr_1_11?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1303803347&sr=1-11

I use this 'blue book' at school as a text book. I've been using it for the past two years so it must be good for my teacher to get us them. THis is the rhinegold edexcel study guide.

I don't know about the revision guide.

I also have the £4.50 CGP one. Thats only good for the Section A answers, and not even all of them but its good for background info.

Posted: 26-04-11 08:39 by Pui Pui

Hey guys.

Yes, I agree; the CGP guide does lack consistency. It's really hard for us lot to cope! My best advice would be to buy the small blue revision guide. I don't think that it is brief. If you learn it off by hear (literally) and then in Section B of the exam spew it out on your paper, that is worth an A* . There are more than enough points in the small blue revision guide.

Good luck.

Rebecca :)

Posted: 26-04-11 21:35 by Rebecca

So You are saying the guide which pui pui posted up the link for.

Is that brief or does it go into detail ? Because it would be good for it to have information on section A and B, and covers all of the main bits & topics, in order to get the highest grade possible

Posted: 27-04-11 07:19 by Frenchie

Frenchie wrote:

So You are saying the guide which pui pui posted up the link for.

Is that brief or does it go into detail ? Because it would be good for it to have information on section A and B, and covers all of the main bits & topics, in order to get the highest grade possible

Posted: 22-05-13 06:01 by Maria