You might be given a question where you have to complete the melody from a set work or a rhythm. Another possible question is to complete a chord pattern from one of the pop extracts.
Most questions in your exam will not involve writing out music notation.
Knowledge of the music studied is the most important factor in getting a good grade .
This is worth 12 marks out of the total 80 for the listening exam.( This is then halved to give a mark out of 40)
You have a choice of 2 essays e.g.
Describe how harmony, rhythm, instrumentation, melody and tempo are used in the track GRACE.
Describe how Mozart uses melody, structure, tempo, instrumentation and texture in the 1st movement of his symphony no 40 in G minor.
Essay question ( cont)
Notice how the essay are always based around how the different musical elements are used.
Your answers should focus on these. Using some general context (e.g. explaining in an essay question about Handel what an oratorio and a chorus is) is useful but NEVER just write everything you know about the piece.
If you are not asked about TEXTURE or MELODY you do not need to write about them.
Structure your essay with an introductory paragraph, content asked about in the question and a short conclusion
Can you say something about each of these elements in the extract?
Treat the MOCK EXAM as seriously as you will the real one in June 2011. Remember your teacher may well use your mock exam to help predict your grade which has all sorts of implications for your post 16 choices.
Revise thoroughly now and lay down the foundations for final success! GOOD LUCK