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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.