GCSE AQA Music Study Piece Analysis (ZigZag Education)

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GCSE AQA Music Study Piece Analysis

Steer your students through set work study, inspiring them to discover, understand and interact with the music. Our comprehensive resources model and develop essential analysis, evaluation and critical appraisal skills – a fantastic foundation for the exam!

Very good. Accurate analysis includes a wealth of musical language and knowledge, as well as many relevant and helpful questions to prepare students for the exam. L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer (Haydn)
  1. Guided bar-by-bar analysis works through the piece in manageable sections. Support learning with regular annotated score extracts and musical concepts defined in context.
  2. Integrated consolidation tasks encourage engagement, and build confidence to apply theory independently. Answers included!
  3. Revision tools strengthen knowledge and understanding, including a one-page revision summary structured by musical element, and a comprehensive glossary.
  4. 15 practice exam questions for Section B, with detailed mark schemes – perfect preparation for the listening paper.

Ideal for integrating into your class teaching or for independent learning!


GCSE AQA Study Piece Analysis AoS1: Haydn’s Clock Symphony Joseph Haydn: Symphony 101 in D major ‘The Clock’, Movement 2

Haydn’s engaging and light-hearted piece is a great opportunity to introduce Classical forms and features. Revision activities based on Bloom’s taxonomy help students take it further and access top marks in the exam!

GCSE AQA Study Piece Analysis AoS2: The Beatles Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: ‘With a Little Help from my Friends’; ‘Within You, Without You’; ‘Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds’

Introduce your class to one of the most famous albums of all time, while discovering pop music structures, instruments and chords. Get to know unfamiliar technological and instrumental techniques with clear definitions and examples.

GCSE AQA Study Piece Analysis AoS3: Santana Supernatural Santana: Supernatural: ‘Smooth’; ‘Migra Migra’; ‘Love of my Life’

The blend of Latin rock, modern influences and Carlos Santana’s dazzling guitar playing makes Supernatural a fantastic album to study with GCSE classes. With accessible notes and definitions to ensure students get to grips with new terminology.

GCSE AQA Study Piece Analysis AoS4: Copland’s Rodeo Aaron Copland: ‘Saturday Night Waltz’ and ‘Hoe-Down’ from the ballet Rodeo

Get to know Copland’s charming and imaginative piece, with its combination of traditional folk tunes and modern classical techniques. This student-friendly resource includes sample essays to help your class hit top grades in the 8-mark questions.


What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7094)
"First class... An excellent guide. Will be beneficial to all on the course. Matches the specification exactly. Not only is this a fabulous resource in itself, but it can be used to familiarise students with terms in a lively and informative manner. Constant links to the AQA information [mean] one can feel secure that the author is an expert, and that all information is covered that could be asked for in an exam. All of this is displayed with clarity and an informative and friendly manner." M Thiselton, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"The written quality is excellent – it is very engaging and interesting, and easy to understand. Covers all elements of the piece succinctly, and in a clear layout for students studying this for the first time or as a revision aid. Plenty of detail, but also the potential for simpler tasks for teachers to be able to differentiate well." E Samson, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6749)
"The resource is very detailed and thorough, covering every aspect of analysis of The Clock... Comprehensively explains everything that students need to know. The questioning is effective and gives lots of options for both students and teachers. A very detailed analysis with exam style questions which matches the new specification very well. As a non specialist in classical music, this resource will be extremely helpful for me to plan my analysis lessons." T Last, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
"Very good. There is a wide range of information, accurate analysis of the score which includes a wealth of musical language and knowledge as well as many relevant and helpful examples of questions to prepare students for the exam. Suitable, concise and informative background information... Helpful suggestions and revision tasks to improve knowledge. A highly successful analysis." L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (7205)
"Inclusive and accessible - pieces are analysed in adequate depth to stretch more able candidates and allow sufficient access to lower ability. Quality of writing is excellent throughout and appropriate to the level." J Trueman, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
What do teachers have to say about this resource? (6750)
"Easy to read, loads of info and nice summaries at the end... These resources are great." C Powell, Director of Music and ZigZag Customer
"Extremely comprehensive in terms of its content, both musical and contextual. I wish I’d have had this when I was studying the album for the first time! I particularly liked the combination of written information and score format, so that we are able to explore the pieces in different ways. The use of guitar tab notation alongside standard notation will be a pleasing addition for my guitarists. I was blown away by the in-depth knowledge of the different Indian instruments in ‘Within You, Without You’ and the in-depth knowledge of these pieces. The summary of each piece and glossary of key vocabulary at the back will be essential revision material and a massive timesaver, especially when having to remember all the key points! Would I purchase this resource? Absolutely – I’m looking forward to using it!" R Davis, Director of Music and Independent Reviewer
"Excellent... This resource is a must for any GCSE music student! It really does cover absolutely everything required. Covers ALL aspects of learning required to have a full understanding... It is very accessible to all GCSE Music students, as it explains in detail all the necessary analytical and theoretical elements which are to be the focus of examination questioning. From start to finish, students are guided very clearly along their learning journey, to successfully answer examination type questions in full. I really could not add anything to enhance this fantastic resource." K Tout, Head of Music and Independent Reviewer
"I really like this resource. It is accessible to both students and teachers and will really help with planning a scheme of learning. Approaches the analysis in a way which is accessible to GCSE students whilst breaking down the knowledge in each section into easily manageable chunks. The resource is visual, detailed and interesting to read. There are good revision sections and exam questions at the end... matches the specification very well. It is useful for teachers starting to use the new specification and I would definitely use this resource next year." T Last, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer
'An excellent resource. Clearly written... Uses high quality musical language to support students in their analysis and broadening their knowledge of this area. Musical knowledge and knowledge of the specification is clear throughout, particularly the information on music technology. The author is very detailed in terms of ensuring the information is accurate and relevant. Very good exercises to challenge and stretch students to recognise themes visually and aurally and to think deeper about the songs... Good visual tasks... Broad range of questions relevant to the specification.' L Williams, Music Teacher and Independent Reviewer


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