Philip Taylor/Andrew Coxon: AQA GCSE Music Listening Tests - 2nd Edition


Catalogue No: RHG163
Format: Books | Aural

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.

Key features

  • 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.

ISBN: 9781906178895
Published on: 26 February 2010
No of pages: 96
Language: English
Publisher: Rhinegold Education

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        Well laid out
        A real hassle to find the accompanying audio files and becomes quite expensive
        Confirmed purchase: 26 January 2015
        Published on: 12 February 2015

        Musicroom Reviews

        As a resource it's very useful. However, some of the questions require 2 tracks. Somehow, the track for question 32 is missing: there should be 38 tracks in total but there are only 37 available to download.
        Anonymous - (Washington, United Kingdom)
        This book is really useful, it saves the time of having to make your own tests, however it would have been much more useful to have had it a year ago and I'm disappointed that Rhinegold couldn't get this ready for the start of a course that they knew was coming. The tracks are available to download from iTunes as an iMix, but this works out at over £30 to get all the tracks and then you have to cut them for it to be useful, why couldn't they make a CD? The classroom activities at the start of the book are really useful and a good way to learn the musical vocabulary.
        Anonymous - (Bristol, United Kingdom)
        I would like to purchase this book as I am an NQT teacher, but find that buying the book is not the end of the job. The downloading of tracks and then having to cut them into the correct order is timeconsuming of the highest order. Why not a cd? Oh, I know. itunes seems to be in league with Reingold to get as much money out of schools as possible. Come on, make a cd!!
        Anonymous - (Goole, United Kingdom)
        Whilst this book I am sure has the potential to be useful, it is probably more designed for teachers than individuals or parents of children studying this GCSE. The album of tunes needed to do any of the exercises is no longer supported by iTunes as an album so you have to download each one separately. Several of the exercises are for class based activities. However will persevere and if we feel it is worth it in the end may come back and re review.
        Anonymous - (London, United Kingdom)