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GCSE Music OCR J536

Taught Online Course LIVE LESSONS from Cambridge UK


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.

The Teacher

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.


Technical Requirements:

• 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


NOTE: It is the responsibility of the parent/guardian to arrange their examinations. It is possible to sit Music examinations at centres in London and perhaps at your local school or college. We recommend that you check with your intended examination centre before electing to study Music online.

Recommended textbook

Guinane, David, Hanh Doan, and Steven Berryman. OCR GCSE Music Study Guide. Rhinegold Education, 2016.





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