Music: Mastering the Listening Exam

Typically noted as the most difficult aspect of the GCSE music course, the listening exam requires students to tackle some tricky elements. With this course, students will be taken through a holistic approach to revising for the exam.

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Rory H




Music: Mastering the Listening Exam


Course Overview

A revision course focusing on the AQA GCSE music listening exam. The course takes a holistic approach to revision, focusing on the musical elements and tackling music from all four areas of study in each lesson. The course is based on a typology of the AQA music GCSE listening questions created by the author, and explicitly teaches a range of different question types in relation to each musical element. Through the repetitive practise of these question types, as well as lessons specifically on 3-mark question technique, 8-mark essay technique and the 'set work' from each area of study. The course sets up students particularly well to get a good grade in what is typically the most difficult aspect of the GCSE music course. Further to this, students will attain top grades in an enjoyable and fun learning environment.

Course Content


13 HOURS Total Length

Lesson 1

Melody Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 2

Harmony and Tonality Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 3

Structure Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 4

Sonority Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 5

Texture Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 6

Tempo, Rhythm and Metre Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 7

Dynamics and Articulation Questions

60 minutes

Lesson 8

3-Mark Question Technique

60 minutes

Lesson 9

8-Mark Essay Technique

60 minutes

Lesson 10

Haydn Set Work Revision

60 minutes

Lesson 11

Beatles Set Work Revision

60 minutes

Lesson 12

Santana Set Work Revision

60 minutes

Lesson 13

Copland Set Work Revision

60 minutes

Key Skills

Critical Listening



Essay Writing


Rory H

Music Specialist

Rory is a music fanatic! With a number of years teaching music in the classroom, Rory now also works closely with individuals and small groups to help develop their skills and work towards their learning targets.