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Uxbridge High School

GCSE Grade Descriptors

MUSIC GCSE

The student can perform very difficult music with outstanding fluency and using unique interesting interpretations. Composes music with complex ideas that are idiomatic, and developed using highly impressive creative techniques. Perceives the finest details in music and shows a total command of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions rapidly and in rich detail.

The student can perform difficult music with fluency and using interesting interpretations. Composes music with some complex ideas that are stylish, and are developed using impressive creative techniques. Shows full awareness of details in music and has a strong command of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions at a good pace and in detail.

The student can perform quite music with accuracy and using a considered interpretation. Composes music with a mixture of complex and simple ideas that have some style, and are developed using recognised creative techniques. Shows good awareness of details in music and has a good command of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions at a quick pace and in some detail.

The student can perform quite moderately difficult music with mostly accurate results and using a plan to interpret the sounds with interesting effects. Composes music with a few complex and effective simple ideas that have a sense of emotion and mood, and are developed using some creative techniques. Shows mostly consistent awareness of details in music and has a reasonable command of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions at a good pace in most questions and gives answers that have some detail.

The student can perform easier or moderately difficult music with only a few slips and follows a plan to interpret the sounds. Composes music with effective, mostly simple ideas that have a sense of emotion and mood, and are developed using a few creative techniques, although not consistently. Shows some awareness of details in music and has a fair command of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions at a good pace in the majority of questions and gives answers that have sufficient detail.

The student can perform easier music with some errors of pitch and/or rhythm or intonation and follows a basic plan to interpret the sounds. Composes music with mostly simple ideas that have a general sense of mood, and are developed using basic creative techniques, some of the time. Shows basic awareness of details in music and has some knowledge of music notation and vocabulary, applying it to answer questions effectively, although not always accurately or in sufficient detail.

The student can perform simple music, but with frequent errors of pitch and/or rhythm or intonation. Does not have enough planning to interpret the sounds in the performance. Composes music with simple ideas that have some sense of mood, although it does not fulfil the purpose/brief. Ideas lack development. Shows limited awareness of details in music and has an elementary knowledge of music notation and vocabulary, but struggles to apply it to answer questions within the given time. Written answers lack detail and keywords.

The student can perform basic and short music, but with frequent mistakes of pitch and/or rhythm or intonation that halt the flow. Does not have a plan to interpret the sounds in the performance, which lacks interest as a result. Composes music with simple ideas that may not be coherent and does not fulfil the purpose/brief. Ideas show only basic development. Shows limited awareness of details in music and has an elementary knowledge of music notation and vocabulary, but struggles to apply it to answer questions within the given time. Written answers lack detail and keywords.

The student can perform a short piece of very basic music, but with many mistakes of pitch and/or rhythm or intonation that seriously impede the flow. No noticeable plan is evident for interpreting the sounds in the performance, which only has momentary interest as a result. Composes music with very basic ideas that may be lacking in structure and bear little relation to the purpose/brief. Development of ideas is mostly limited to repetition and changes of dynamics. Awareness of details in music is lacking and the understanding of notation shows some misconceptions and errors. Music vocabulary is sufficient only to describe the outline features of extracts and there are gaps due to a lack of ability to answer questions at sufficient pace.

SSA 

The student can create sounds in response to a stimulus that have some meaning and begin to create with some sense of structure. Understands some aspects of music notation but makes slips and needs reminders. Can contribute a small part in a performance but not able to maintain part independently as yet.

SSB 

The student can create sounds that have some meaning and begin to create with basic shapes. Understands a few aspects music notation but makes slips. Can take a small part a performance but is not able to maintain the part for a section.

SSC 

The student can make some sounds that have a sense of meaning and is starting to create with basic elements. Can distinguish some music notation but makes errors when using it. Can take a very small part a performance but needs support to keep it going for more than 2 bars.

 

MUSIC BTEC

L2 Pass

The student can describe and use some key vocabulary. Answers questions in some detail but not consistently and is in need of more examples. Produces music mixes that have some style but not yet consistent throughout. Makes use of correct technical processes but there are some errors and slips that need correcting.

L2 Merit

The student can describe and explain using key vocabulary. Answers questions in some detail with good examples. Produces music mixes that have style and makes use of correct technical processes for the greater part.

L2 Dist

The student can explain, justify and evaluate using key vocabulary. Answers questions in depth and in full detail giving relevant and interesting examples. Produces music mixes that have fluency, musical style and using correct technical processes throughout.