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Making Music in the Classroom

We are pleased to announce that our WJEC Eduqas reformed GCSE (9-1) in Music for first teaching from September 2016 has been accredited by Ofqual for teaching in England.

Catherine Webster, Music Subject Officer:

"Our Eduqas specification gives teachers greater scope for creativity, allowing them to tailor the two-year course according to the needs and interest of their students. The specification is somewhat unique because:

  • there is no compulsory solo performance in Component 1
  • it is accessible to all students who have studied KS3 music (grade 3 standard accepted)
  • it is not dominated by set works
  • when learning about the Western Classical Tradition, students are encouraged to study forms and devices to understand how music is put together across a range of genres,, rather than limiting students to a specific genre. This is transferrable knowledge across all our areas of study

We are seeing the more creative teachers choosing WJEC Eduqas because of the freedom our specification gives them in the classroom."

View our accredited specification and sample assessment materials.

Components
Our reformed accredited Music specification is an inspiring qualification consisting of four flexible areas of study.  It provides students with a foundation for skills in performing, composing and appraising; covering a range of musical elements, contexts and language:

Area of study 1, Forms and Devices, allows students to gain a broad understanding of musical structures and compositional devices. Their studies are not limited to one specific genre or period, neither are they expected to gain a detailed chronology of music.

Area of study 2, Music for Ensemble, is flexible as pieces may come from a number of different genres crossing several traditions. Students focus on texture and on how to write for specific combinations of instruments and voices.

Areas of study 3 and 4 are favourites with students: Film Music and Popular Music.

The examination will consist of prepared and unprepared extracts, giving students a sense of security but also the opportunity to demonstrate and apply knowledge in different contexts. Questions will focus on musical elements, context and language. Students will be able to study and play the set pieces independently or in classroom arrangements.  In the non-examined components all marks awarded are for compositions or performance, not for writing about them.

Our new specification puts music-making at the heart of the classroom. 

"The new Eduqas Specification offers a very clear approach to developing musical skills across a broad range of music. It is accessible for all, from classically trained violinists to rock guitarists!  It has a clear focus, allowing for a flexible approach to learning, not just fact learning or teaching to an exam, but lifelong musical skills. The support from the WJEC Eduqas is brilliant, they offer a personalised service, where you can quickly obtain an answer from one of the friendly team." Pete Allen, Music Teacher.

Support and training
Our Preparing to Teach training courses will introduce our new specification, SAMs and free digital resources. These courses will be free of charge, and hosted at locations across England. Visit our training page for details and to book your place.

Additionally, teachers choosing to teach our Ofqual accredited specification will benefit from direct access to our Specialist Subject Officers, free digital teaching resources and further face-to-face training courses.

We will shortly be updating you on our reformed Music specifications for AS and A level. Our draft specifications and SAM's are available to view online.

Details of our extensive suite of Ofqual reformed specifications are available on the Eduqas website.

If you are a school or college in Wales, please visit the 'Qualifications in Wales' webpage, for details of the reformed Music qualifications regulated by Qualifications Wales.

For further information please contact our Subject Officer:
Catherine Webster
Subject Officer
catherine.webster@eduqas.co.uk
029 2026 5316