Year 9 Music Exam
The Music exam will test students knowledge and understanding of musical terms and techniques. The paper will consist of a set of listening questions that are taken from a past GCSE Music paper. It will ask the students to identify instruments (and their families – brass, strings, percussion, woodwind), melodic shapes, tonality (major or minor) and other compositional and performance techniques.
To help prepare for this, students should learn the words on the ‘Year 9 exam prep words’ list. It would be useful to prepare revision resources such as flash cards from these words as they are grouped in categories. It would also be useful to listen to a range of pieces in different styles and genres to help identify some of key musical techniques.
Examples for listening:
Another excellent resource to use is the GCSE Bitesize website - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/examspecs/zfwv7nb. The sections under Music Theory would be most beneficial when sitting this exam and will build on topics discussed in the classroom.