‘Exploiting the Resource’ Project Yr10
This project will help you with your ‘Exploiting the Resource’ coursework. Some of it will be re-written
and used to submit as your actual coursework. Some of it is just to give you background information to
help you to achieve the best grade you possibly can. It is important that ALL parts of the project are
This project consists of three sections:
1) A research study of your instrument.
2) An analysis of three pieces of music composed for your instrument.
3) A performance on your instrument (either solo or group).
All written aspects of the project should be neatly presented and must be word-processed (this will make
it easier to hand it in as coursework at a later date). It should be written in full sentences. Pictures may
be used where appropriate.
The project is broken down into four separate tasks. Each task must be completed by the deadline
given. Once all tasks are completed, the whole written project will be returned and you will be given the
chance to make improvements before handing in the completed project on the given deadline date.
Task 1 (due 30th September 2005)
Research your instrument. The length should be at least one side of typed A4.
Use books, the internet, your instrumental teacher, your friends or any other resource. You should
include answers to the following questions in your work:
1) What family of instruments is your instrument part of and how does it fit into that family
2) Is there more than one sort of your instrument?
3) When was your instrument invented/developed? Where? By whom?
4) What is the range of your instrument?
5) What sort of sound does your instrument make? (loud, gentle, sweey, reedy, brassy, electronic).
6) How does your instrument make its sound?
7) What accompaniment does your instrument usually have? (piano, guitar, orchestra).
8) Does your instrument need any amplification?
9) Name three composers who wrote for your instrument and three pieces that they wrote.
10) What style of music does your instrument usually play? Can it play in more than one style?
11) What different techniques can your instrument do? (chords, picking, strumming, slurring, staccato,
arpeggios, glissando, harmonics, sustain, muting, growling etc)
12) What is the effect of these techniques and when are they often used?
Task 2 (due 14th October 2005)
Choose a piece which you would like to perform. It can be in any style/genre and can be a solo or a
In order to achieve the highest marks possible you should consider these things when choosing your
1) Is the piece of a suitable standard (e.g. not too easy/not too difficult).
2) Does the piece allow me to show off different techniques that my instrument is capable of? (e.g.
if it is a guitar part and it only does strumming, that is not suitable. If it is a piano piece which
only uses chords, that is not suitable.)
3) Does the piece allow me to show off how ‘musical’ I am? (e.g. dynamics/phrasing/articulation/to
play in a stylistic way)
If you cannot answer ‘yes’ to all of the above YOU WILL LOOSE MARKS.
Choose two other pieces from the same genre/style. This could be another piece for the same
instruments, another piece by the same composer, another piece in the same style, another piece written at
the same time, another piece in the same form etc. You do not have to perform these two pieces.
Write the title and composer of the three pieces and write a couple of brief sentences about the
instrumentation and style of each piece.
Task 3 (due 10th November 2005)
Produce a written analysis of the three pieces which you have chosen in Task 2.
The length should be approximately one side of typed A4.
You should write three paragraphs, one about each of the pieces. Within each paragraph you should try
to answer the following questions. Try to ‘compare and contrast’ as much as possible.
1) What style/genre are all three pieces in? What is the thing that links them together?
2) How do all three pieces fit into the history/background of the genre? When were they written?
Why were they written? Who composed them?
3) What key is each piece in?
4) What time signature is each piece in?
5) What is the structure of each piece? (verse/chorus, ABA, variation form etc).
6) Is the same instrumentation used in each piece?
7) What instrument specific techniques are used in the piece you are going to perform and what is the
effect of these techniques?
8) How are the instrumental techniques similar/different to the other two pieces you studied?
9) What musical characteristic does your performance piece have (e.g.
10) How do these characteristics compare to the other two pieces.
Record a performance of your chosen performance piece. This must be recorded onto the GCSE
mini-disc and the track number, your name, title of piece, composer of piece and coursework type must
be clearly labelled on the coursework log.
This performance must be completed by the 16th December 2005. However, it is your responsibility to
ensure that it is recorded in time. There will be a sign-up sheet for recording sessions during lunchtimes.
It is important that you sign up and that you do not miss your recording session. There are many
performances to be recorded and we only have limited access to the recording equipment. Performances
will happen from the 31st October onwards.
Completed project to be handed in by 16th December 2005.