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Music for all? Pupils' perceptions of the GCSE Music examination in one South Wales secondary school

  • Ruth Wright (a1)

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This article originated from a research project examining pupils' perceptions of the GCSE Music examination (for pupils aged 15–16) in one large secondary school in the United Kingdom. The research explored the hypothesis that pupils considered it necessary to have additional instrumental or vocal tuition outside class music lessons in order to secure a high grade in the examination. The research also hypothesised that, despite the egalitarian philosophy underpinning the General Certificate of Secondary Education (GCSE) examination system, the music course was still viewed by pupils as being élitist. It was concluded that although there were some very positive comments from pupils, GCSE Music was still not the intended examination for all.

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Music for all? Pupils' perceptions of the GCSE Music examination in one South Wales secondary school

  • Ruth Wright (a1)

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