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For first examination in June 2011

This new edition of the GCSE guide for AQA is specifically tailored to the new GCSE Music specification starting in 2009.

The guide has an exciting new layout, designed to make the content more approachable and interesting. It includes regular exercises for students to complete, practical ideas to try out, examiner's tips and suggestions for further music to explore. Many clear musical examples and diagrams are included, as well as colour illustrations. A comprehensive glossary and index help students to get the best out of the guide.

The author of A Student's Guide to GCSE Music has a strong understanding of the AQA specification and knows exactly what is required to do well in the course. He has many years' experience of teaching GCSE music, and presents information in a clear and accessible manner.

The guide explores each of the three Strands of the GCSE course - the Western Classical tradition, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st centuries, and World Music - through the course's five Areas of Study. It provides advice on Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising - this is useful in helping to develop general musicianship skills, and relates specifically to the components of the AQA GCSE Music course.

Students will understand all areas of the GCSE music course using the regular exercises, practical ideas to try out and by reading examiner's tips and suggestions for further music to explore. Detailed advice is given on what to expect in the exam and strategies to ensure students get the best from their coursework time. Also included is a full glossary of all musical terms students are likely to meet at GCSE.

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