Students who already have music lessons or commitments outside of school are encouraged and supported to continue.
Some of our Year 9 students are taking their early entry GCSE Music this year, here you can read about their journey with music so far.
I have loved music from a young age and I've been playing the violin and singing since I was six. I have recently completed my Grade 5 in both of these disciplines and succeeded in my audition to perform with the Northamptonshire County Training Orchestra. I also perform with NMPAT Singers, as well as the Northamptonshire County Senior Chamber Choir.
I decided to take GCSE Music early because my teacher, Miss Tustin, has been encouraging me with my music since I started at Northampton Academy in Year 7. She wanted me to challenge my musical abilities and work on other aspects of music like composing and music theory. I have enjoyed composing, which I have not done before, as it has given me the chance to be creative, expressive and have the freedom to use my own ideas.
I have been playing the piano since I was three. I was first fascinated by the instrument when I saw one in a store and could not stop playing it. Since then, my parents introduced me to piano lessons and I have worked my way up to Grade 7, which I passed last year. I am currently in the process of taking my Grade 8 piano and have further developed my piano skills by playing in Northampton Academy's Orchestra and Big Band. I am also completing my Grade 6 in Music Theory. I wanted to take GCSE Music early to expand on my musical knowledge through composition and different genres. I am enjoying learning about the concerto with Miss Tustin.
I have been playing the Clarinet since I was eight and I am currently working towards my Grade 3 and learning Grade 5 pieces. I have performed with various groups at the NMPAT Saturday Centre. At the age of 11, I earned a place in the Northamptonshire County Woodwind Ensemble. I decided to participate in taking GCSE Music early, as I enjoy challenging myself, and it has given me the opportunity to expand my musical knowledge in theory, composition, and performance. I have enjoyed writing my composition so far, as I find it exciting to come up with new ideas and I am intrigued to hear the final version.
I wanted to take GCSE Music early as a way to practice my composition and performance skills. I have been playing the piano and violin since a young age and recently achieved my Grade 5 in violin. However, taking GCSE Music has allowed me to push myself in areas of music in which I am not as confident, such as composition. I have enjoyed enhancing my compositional skills and learning about different genres of music for the exam. I am also continuing to improve my performance ability, which has led me to become the leader of the Northamptonshire County Training Strings.
I have been singing since Year 5 and have been part of All Saints Choir since then. I decided to take my GCSE Music early because I wanted to challenge myself through my performances. I also wanted to expand on my theoretical and compositional knowledge. I am really enjoying writing my own pop song currently and looking forward to finishing that soon.
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