Thinking about picking GCSE music?

First, two things you really need to know

If either of these are a problem then feel free to discuss them with your music teacher at school or via email (email address at bottom of page)

GCSE music is a difficult but highly rewarding subject. Ask any musician if it is easy to learn how to 'do' music and they will tell you how difficult it is. Yet, almost everyone wants to be able to play music. On this course you will learn how to do that and you will be pushed to do it at a higher level than most musicians will ever have to in their lives.  

You do not have to have plans to be a musician or work in a music related field to study GCSE music. Studying music requires lots of character, such as discipline, resilience, focus and also lots of imagination, creative thinking and independence. All of these traits are highly valued by almost all employers and educational institutes, and are important for anywhere that life takes you. 

Music is always a talking point when people find out that you can play an instrument or sing. They're interested in how you learned, how often you have performed. If you go further than GCSE music and take things more seriously, even as a hobby, then public speaking and holding the attention of an entire room in a meeting could come pretty naturally to you. After all, you will have performed to hundreds of people.

Feel free to explore the course below, including listening to some of the amazing examples of music and performances that our students have produced and been involved in over the years. 

What Is Involved?

Click HERE for an overview of the GCSE music course


Click HERE to listen to examples of students' performances and compositions

Students must submit two performances and two compositions for their final coursework submissions by the end of year 11

Showcase Performance Evening

Click HERE to watch some of our filmed GCSE music showcase evenings

In term 3 of each year, GCSE students must perform to parents in a GCSE Showcase Evening. For many students this is their first experience performing to the public

Lunch Recitals

Click HERE to watch some of our filmed lunchtime recitals

On the last week of every term at lunchtime, a recital performance is put on in the music department. While it is open to all students across all year groups, we often use this as an opportunity for GCSE students to get some performing experience 

Some important points which might answer any questions you have

Still interested? What can you do to get ready?

If after reading and exploring all the above information, you are still eager to study music as one of your GCSE option subjects then here are some things you can do to prepare. Don't worry too much, you do not need to do the below things, but lots of students might be interested in already starting to prepare for GCSE music.