Specification: OCR J536
The OCR Music GCSE course is designed to inspire the musicians of the future. Confidence, skills nd understanding of music will be developed to the point that students will be able progress to study A Level Music.
Teacher assessments are continuous during LIVE TAUGHT lessons, marking of coursework and assignments and summative tests.
Homework will be given at the end of each week, usually in the form of problems to solve, researching key concepts and practising playing music.
Students and parents have 24 /7 access to all rcoursework and teacher feedback/grades.
Patrick Gazard: BA Hons, PGCE, LLCM, DipABRSM
Patrick Gazard is a freelance musician and teacher who has been closely involved with music
education for over 25 years. He is a former secondary school music teacher, including 12 years as
Head of Music in a Performing Arts Specialist school, and has also been the Secondary Curriculum
Excellence Advisor for Buckinghamshire. Patrick is a pianist, singer and percussionist, and is
currently the Operational Lead for High Wycombe Music Centre, where he directs three groups:
Senior Big Band, Junior Orchestra and Stage Voices. He has taught GCSE and A level music for
many years and across a number of different boards both in schools and as a private tutor.
He prides himself on his eclectic approach to music, being equally happy in Bach or Bacharach:
his specialisms are jazz and musical theatre.
Patrick is an award-winning music education author having written three books, the most recent of
which is ‘Being a Head of Music: a Survival Guide’ which was nominated for ‘Best Music Education
Product’ at the Music Teacher Magazine Awards 2018. He is also a professional composer and
arranger, currently working for Glee Club UK as a vocal and track arranger.
Patrick is based in High Wycombe in Buckinghamshire and is married with two teenage children.
I look forward to supporting your learning!
The course will follow the current OCR J536 GCSE specification.
The course will be based on the textbook recommended for the OCR GCSE (see below to purchase before attending your first class).
This specification is well-regarded among colleges and universities due to its integrated structure allowing learners to grasp the interconnection of all aspects of Music practice and appreciation, and thereby giving a firm basis from which to springboard into A-level and beyond.
GCSE Music is split into three components:
Integrated Portfolio (30% of the mark) including:
1 Performance on the learner's chosen instrument.
2 Composition to a brief set by the learner.
Practical Component (30% of the mark) including:
3 Ensemble performance.
4 Composition to a board-set brief.
Listening Exam (40% of the mark) testing:
5 Listening and appraisal skills related to four areas of study.
6 Notation skills.
• reliable broadband connection.
• Main Instrument/ voice.
• Means of recording performances (the recording function on smart phones/tablets should suffice
but a microphone or recording device would be even better).
• Means of recording composition e.g. manuscript paper, music software (notation software / DAW
/ sequencer, etc.), audio recording accompanied by written account
Progression: to A Level Music
Accreditation: Oxford Cambridge and RSA Examinations (OCR).
Tuition: 2 x LIVE weekly 1 hour lessons, marking and feedback, exam preparation and lots of
friendly advice and encouragement
Guinane, David, Hanh Doan, and Steven Berryman. OCR GCSE Music Study Guide. Rhinegold Education, 2016.
Head of Music - Mr. Gazard
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