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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:41 pm 
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Can anybody tell me if AQA is well-respected exam board for music? And singing is a requirement. DC has not a good voice but loves music will this be a problem? He is grade 5 but never got merit or distinction - always misses. merit by a couple of marks. Will this stop him from getting A or A*? Do I get singing lessons for him?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 6:43 pm 
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Students have to do some practical - any instrument, including voice.

GCSE is around grade 4/5 for top marks - there might be a requirement to do lessons if you take GCSE.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:00 pm 
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Guest55 wrote:
Students have to do some practical - any instrument, including voice.

GCSE is around grade 4/5 for top marks - there might be a requirement to do lessons if you take GCSE.


Yes I know. I ask if

1. AQA is good?
2. DC does lessons and is soon taking grade5 but never got merit or distinction. Will this mean not Aor A*?
3. DC cannot sing even he admits it. Does he have to do singing seriously for GCsE music? If so I must get him lessons so he is ok and not embarrassed?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:30 pm 
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All exam boards are fine.

Does he play another instrument? If so he can play that instead of singing - singing is not compulsory as I said.

Some schools make students take lessons in an instrument if they are taking GCSE music; he'll get feedback on the criteria for marking the practical.

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270

see page 12 of the specification for more detail.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:44 pm 
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Guest55 that us is so helpful, thank you. :D

I looked at the performing music section but no where can I see that you need 2instruments or 1and singing. Can you point me in that place?

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:57 pm 
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You need one instrument OR voice, so if he prefers not to sing he needs to play an instrument.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 7:58 pm 
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Yes I say he plays one instrument and taking grade 5 soon. That us enough then?


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:05 pm 
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Yes - sorry your post was not clear whether the exams he had taken were in singing or something else.


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PostPosted: Fri Nov 21, 2014 8:10 pm 
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Yes sorry I'm not always so clear. Your link was so helpful and I will read it over my weekend. :D


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