Year 10 Exam Revision Materials


You will be taking a sample paper from the current specification including questions on the 3rd movement from Mozart’s Clarinet Concerto. A key revision resource for you should be the topic area booklets and study guide that we have used in lessons since the start of the course. These contain information regarding the historical context of the style/ genre, some key instruments and a glossary of key terms related to that topic area. In addition, in some of them are links to the pieces we listened to when completing the listening exercises.

Key areas to focus on should be be:

  • Time signatures: Ensure you have an understanding of common time signatures that use simple and compound time, e.g. 2/4, 3/4, 4/4, 6/8
  • Texture Terminology: You should be aware of and have an understanding of key terms that relate to texture in Music, such as homophonic, monophonic, polyphonic etc
  • Key Signatures: You should know all key signatures up to and including 4 sharps and 4 flats.
  • Common Italian Terms: You need to know the key terms used to explain tempo (adagio, andante, etc) and dynamics (piano, forte, etc) using Italian terms.
  • Cadences: You should know the 4 common cadences used in music, along with having an understanding of Tierce de Picardie.

In addition to these you may also wish to look at the GCSE Bitesize website. Please make sure you look at the sections relating to AQA GCSE Music and not other exam boards. The sections on Music Theory, Music Styles, World Music (not the Indian music section) and Traditional Music from the British Isles would be most useful to you.

You will be asked to identify instruments so try to identify how specific instruments have been used in a range of pieces of music. Try listening to a song several times and each time write a description of how each instrument has been used. You could listen to two versions of the same song and compare how they are similar and different. 

When structuring your answers in section B of the exam you should aim to use Point and Evidence in your writing. Make sure you link your answer back to the question as well as to a specific musical element.

You may wish to create flash cards (or other resources) to help group the key words/information. For example, a set of words for dynamics, a set for tempo, a set for texture words, cadences and so on. This will help you to ensure you are using the correct set of words when answering questions related to each area. You must also have an understanding of key signatures, up to and including 4 sharps and flats.