GCSE Course Notes October 2009 Homework Homework will be set regularly; sometimes research, but there will always be a composition in progress and practice never ends. Keep to deadlines Tasks must be completed on time. Apart from the inconvenience and unpleasantness in chasing them up, it’s an essential skill for the exam. Compositions are not finished when the last note is written. Diaries Students will be issued with diary sheets for listening and playing. Practice The hard work for the Performance paper should be being done now. Take part. Students should take every opportunity to perform with other musicians. WYNJO, Providence Street, Choir, school ensembles, bands, groups, friends. Listen widely Radio 2, 3, Classic FM, any CD, anything! Listen critically Listen for one minute and ask yourself; what was it written for, when was it written, what is the style, tempo, dynamics, texture etc, what is the structure, the instrumentation etc? Ask about what you don’t understand There will be many words which you don’t know the meanings of. Underline them, write them down, ask. Be broadminded Listen to everything with an open mind; don’t just say ‘I don’t like it’. Anything could come up in the exam. Be confident Perform whenever you can. Try things in compositions. Improvise.