The OCR GCSE Music qualification provides a contemporary, accessible, and creative education in music with an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing, and appraising.
The OCR GCSE Music qualification is designed to appeal to, and cater for a wide range of interests, instruments, personalities and directions. The new specification offers a range of opportunities to study diverse and traditional fields, and encourages learners to experiment in their own performing, composing and listening as well as develop interest in and enthusiasm for all aspects of their musical heritage.
The OCR GCSE Music syllabus enables pupils to progress on to A Level Music and/or develop their skills as a performer or composer.
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.
Integrated Portfolio (30% of the mark) including:
Practical Component (30% of the mark) including:
Listening Exam (40% of the mark) testing: