#1
okay, options have come.
and i have to choice of taking music or not.

i am on grade 4 classical guitar, so by the time im in year 11 (gcse year) i will be approximatly on grade 6 (gsce lever work)

this is mainly for people who have only taken it, really.
i like music+i really enjoy it.
but is it worth taking.

beause i dont want to take it and then regret it.

any advise would be great,
and the sort of work you do/what the exams are like/amount of theory/amount of composing etc.
cheers
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#2
Personally I'd recommend doing something more useful, but if your school has a good music department, go for it.
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#3
If you have teh option, take the ATM (Accsess to Music) course, Alot better and more pratical and you play what YOU want to play.
#5
There are people in my class who are nowhere near grade 4, some don't even play a specific instrument. As far as skill goes, you'll be fine.

Theroy is pretty simple as well, I haven't been taght much I didn't already know. You do two compositions for and two perfromances, that is if you take the same course I do.

I like it, cos it's easy for me and I like music.
#6
It's enjoyable, if a bit of a doss.

I managed to just miss getting an A in it with absolutely no knowledge of musical theory at all.
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There are people in my class who are nowhere near grade 4, some don't even play a specific instrument. As far as skill goes, you'll be fine.

Theroy is pretty simple as well, I haven't been taght much I didn't already know. You do two compositions for and two perfromances, that is if you take the same course I do.

I like it, cos it's easy for me and I like music.


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It's not grade 6. Nowhere near that level. They say the theory is grade 5 apparently, but I have a friend taking the course who's about 3 and he's managed fine.
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#10
I took it and its good. You do a lot of different stuff though (like Baroque now ).
And its a lot better than taking some hard subject.
I have no 'grades' and have never taken a guitar/keyboard lesson. I told them I could play and they let me in. Anyone can get in really - one of the people in my class is awful.
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#11
I loved my course.
They were changing the scheme as we did it, so we got it easy. We had to write 2 pieces of music, and we had a pretty much open brief. I was Grade 5 piano, and at a guess grade 3 Guitar. We spent 1 and a half years pissing about and just playing with guitars with mates, we had band practice in music lessons pretty much.
Mine was particularly good because
*We had such an open brief, I just wrote pop songs
*All my mates with any skill in music were in the class. There was 15 in the class, 9 of them are still my best mates 3 years on.
*we had decent facilities
*We had a good teacher, let us mess about but made sure got stuff done

I would recommend also taking an academic subject to balance out the fun of music.

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#12
GCSE music is possibly the easiest GCSE ever (or was when i did it anyway). At grade 4 you've already got all the performance and theory skills you need (and more), and if you're used to writing music you've got it all sorted.
#13
dont take it man!!! its totally ****. its completely useless. dont bother seriously
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#14
Its fun and I hate to say it but its a bit of a doss aswell as i know how to play and compose music or atleast know the basics which i'm assuming most people here at ug do.

I say take it, you will most likely find it easy and get a easy GCSE out of it.
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dont take it man!!! its totally ****. its completely useless. dont bother seriously


I agree / disagree with this guy

I took music but cant see me taking it any further, i took it because its easy. But if you wanted a carear in music somewhere it may be useful.
As theory goes its pretty simple, most people in my class dont know how to read music so we get taught
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You also need to think if you want to take A-level or not. If so, GCSE would be a good idea. I take it and I love it, despite it being a bit of a doss at times, a classical subject like music is quite respected these days compared to things such as media studies or graphics which are more specialised
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Grade 6 is the standard for A2 level which made me lol. If you're Grade 4 now you'll be fine.

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#18
thankss, mate

i dont want to take it for A level definetly,
i just need something to fill in the gap.
LOL

i am considering it, but a lot of older people are saying its really hard/boring
and theres too much theory
and the compositions have very tight specifications.
so yeahh?
still havent decided.
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#20
Well, I did GCSE music, I got an overall 'B' also, athough I'm a self taught drummer, I started drum lessons at the beginning of year 10 and by mid year 11 I was grade 8.

Edit: I did bugger all theory, and I found it really easy. I definately recommend it.
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#21
you'll breeze through it... I would take it...
but what other options are u thinking of taking? also It is good fun, but do u do other extra-curriculur music shizz?
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#22
I have my preliminary grade in Music, most schools don't care what grade you have from insturments but they do find it helpful. There is a fair bit of theory involved for the listening exam but there's 4 bits of coursework:
- 1 solo performance,
- 1 group performance,
- 1 composition (for special events, usually)
- 1 integrated assignment (basically, a composition with specifications - mine was 2 or more instruments from the same single musical family.)
which I've just finished and have been told will get me a really good mark. But when you get lessons for composition work - do composition work, don't just piss about - I'm speaking from experience.

Overall it is a good lesson to take, I found, but if you find music as just more of a hobby and not a passion I wouldn't take it as the theory will just bore you to hell. I don't mind the theory because it helps me to understand some guitar/bass techniques.

It mainly depends on what you want to do at A-level overall. Choose subjects that will help you with your long-term goals (A-levels, University, career, etc.) I wouldn't take it just to fill up spaces in your options because my mates did and are close to dropping it weeks before we get exam leave.

Think about your options very carefully.
#23
I've taken music myself and I'm grade 4 going on grade 5 on an A*.
Its very simple. All I had to do so far is perform a song of my choice (Gary Moore - Parisienne Walkways), write a composition for a horror movie, perform an ensemble performance (AC/DC - Back In Black) and write a ballad.
Its very good and I'd recommend doing it.
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#24
I took music because I want to work within the music industry, but it was never all I was going to get. I actually took Music Production BTEC and they stuck me in for the GCSE exam as well. I did no theory lessons and I was Grade 4 in Violin when I started. I got an A*. I'm really not trying to be big headed, but basically I was at the standard you seem to be now. Just remember that as a qualification it's not really that good on its own, its more of a means to an end. I used it to take AS Music, which is worth considerably more.
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#25
I had to do 2 compostitions, my first was a blatent rip of knockin' on heavens door, my second was a song from the band.

I had 2 performance, one solo on group, my solo I played drums along to welcome to the jungle and the group I performed Sweet Home with the band.
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#26
if you like it take it- dont waste your life doing something you dont really like.
its easy aswell!
#27
Music is an easy course, I'm year 11, doing it now. You dont have to be good at any instruments, but as long as you can pay whats written you are ok (So if you do like a Green Day song note perfect you will do better than a shreddy Dream theater song a litle wrong). And te listening aspect is easy.
#28
I'm doing it right now, first year, tuesday = theory, thursday = composition, friday = performance.

But the teacher is one of these who really doesn't do the job right, in theory we learn **** all, I'm just going to buy a big theory book and read through it all tuesdays lesson, composition isn't composition, it's getting given lyrics, chords and a scale, rythm (and key) to play in and "compose" that way, but this is NOT composition I would find doing it ALL myself and making something worth while a lot better than. . .pretty much playing a given piece.
However performance is just me jamming with friends, suppose that isn't exactly good either really.

So yeah my tuesday+thursday lessons are pretty much just screwing with the teacher cos he does really suck, I respect a lot of teachers, I always listen to them when needed, I do't act like a douche or have a go at them, but this guy, grr! Today, at the end of the day I was going to collect my (£600) Carvin guitar, he'd locked it in the ****ing room and done a runner, I had to hunt him down before I could get it again. Prick. So now I'm going to raise even more hell on tuesday.
We already piss him off, me and my friend hang our jackets up on the dodgy £10 classical guitars that are on the wall (and held toghether with tape), we throw stuff at the girl at the front who argues with us, we hurl glue at the ceiling, and set him off track like:
"So the C major scale goes, C D"
"F L Q R"
and other such things.


But other than that GCSE music is fine, however if you already know a lot about music theory, composition or performance, it'll be a doddle.
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if you're bad at writing you might not do so well (there is a lot of written coursework) but im crap at writing and still got an A.

+1 GCSE music is a walkthrough if you can play an instrument to a decent level.
#30
I didn't do it even though I was predicted an A* if I took it, and it's probably the thing I regret most from school.

Do it. If you enjoy music, do it.
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+1 GCSE music is a walkthrough if you can play an instrument to a decent level.

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GCSE Music is considered a strong GCSE choice and is very useful. Make a valid opinion when you know what you're talking about.
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