GCSE Music Tuition & Revision

The GCSE Music programme is comprehensive and extensive, covering many issues relevant to performance, general musicianship, aural and theory skills.

Many of our pupils who have obtained the ABRSM Grade 5 Theory exam progress to studying GCSE Music.

The Grade 5 Theory exam prepares the fundamental groundwork of the GCSE syllabus, and perfectly positions pupils to take this next exciting step.

GCSE Music focuses on three primary areas of study

  • performance (instrumental/singing)
  • composition
  • musical analysis (listening & appraising)

Tailored GCSE Music tuition

After an initial discussion with parents (in-person or remotely), our Principal has an informal chat with your son or daughter in order to assess their precise requirements, and to answer any questions they may have about preparing for the GCSE Music exam.

  • assessment
  • tuition
  • revision
  • ad-hoc support
  • term-time and holiday tuition

We provide revision and tuition for pupils to sit GCSE Music for the following exam boards

GCSE Music Syllabus Mark Criteria


30% of the total grade, during the final examination, a student gives a musical interpretation of four minutes. Of those four minutes, one minute is dedicated to a group recital.


30% of the total grade, the composition is essential since, in the first year, students compose a piece of their choice. In the second year, pupils must write a piece set up by the examination board.

Musical Analysis

40% of the total grade, the listening and understanding section is the most crucial of the three areas. The only structured exam of the course, all students must complete a one and half hour examination where questions are asked, essential parts of the music are listened to, and an explanation of what was learnt must be included.

We provide specialist Tutors for all components of the GCSE syllabus

No matter what type of musical instrument is required, one of our tutors will be able to help.

More Information

To discuss your child’s individual requirements, please contact us via our contact form or alternatively you can email us at info@chelseaquavers.com or telephone 020 3794 6200 or
our mobile 07899 678 655.

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