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GCSE Music Revision Notes

Our GCSE Music revision notes will help you revise every topic on the test from musical terms to music theory. Split into topics, you can hone in on weaker areas without having to flick through pages of notes that you’ve already revised!


Read some of our most frequently asked questions and answers

Should I write my own GCSE Music revision notes?

Writing your own notes is a good way of actively absorbing the information that you read. You don't have to start from scratch though. You can use our revision notes as a starting points or add to your class notes. You can also create your own flashcards and quizzes and further condense the information you read.

How can I effectively revise for music theory and notation?

Start by reviewing key musical symbols and terms. Practice reading and writing music notation. Use flashcards for note names, intervals, and key signatures. Also, listen to pieces and try to notate the melodies or rhythms.

What's the best approach to studying music history and composers?

Create a timeline of significant musical eras and composers. Make notes about their major works, styles, and contributions. Listen to representative pieces from each era to familiarise yourself with the different musical styles.

How should I prepare for the listening component of the exam?

Listen to a wide range of musical genres and styles. Practise identifying musical elements such as instrumentation, dynamics, and texture. Take notes while listening to pieces, paying attention to changes in the music.

Any tips for performing well in the performance aspect of the GCSE Music exam?

Practise regularly, especially the pieces or songs you'll be performing. Record yourself to assess your performance and identify areas for improvement. Work with a teacher or peer for constructive feedback.

How can I manage my time effectively during the GCSE Music exam day?

Before the exam, organise your sheet music, instruments, or any required materials. Allocate a specific amount of time to each section of the exam, including listening and performance. Stay calm and focused, and don't rush through questions or performance pieces.