All tracks for these tests are available to download from iTunes. Please see track listings here. Click here for instructions on how to use iTunes to download the tracks.
For examination in 2011 onward
This book contains a series of questions that will help you to fully prepare for Unit 1 (Listening and Appraising Music) of your GCSE Music exam. It has been carefully written by experienced teachers and examiners to match the requirements of the new AQA GCSE Music specification (for first teaching in 2009). It can be used for coursework or for revision and preparation in the final weeks before your exam.
- Listening questions that test your knowledge of the three strands of music in the AQA specification: The Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and World Music.
- Analysis and sample questions covering the five Areas of Study: Rhythm & Metre, Harmony & Tonality, Texture & Melody, Timbre & Dynamics and Structure & Form
- Composing and performing ideas based on the music that you hear
- Helpful hints and advice to enable you to do your best
- A comprehensive glossary that explains all of the terms you need to know
The Teacher's Guide, providing answers to all of the questions and a full track listing, is also available (RHG164).
Andrew S. Coxon is a practising classroom music teacher with 40 years' experience, currently teaching part-time at the Nelson Thomlinson School, Wigton, covering music from Year 7 to A level. Until taking retirement from full-time teaching, he had been Head of Department in three secondary schools, most notably West Denton High School in Newcastle. He has been involved in examination work with one of the major examining boards for 36 years and has held senior posts at GCSE and A level for some time.
Philip Taylor is a freelance teacher, examiner and pianist. He has been a classroom music teacher for more than 20 years, most recently as director of music at Rushworth School, Yorkshire. Since leaving full-time teaching, he has taught music education and keyboard skills at Huddersfield University. He has been an examiner since 1985, and a senior examiner since 1996.