Release GCSE Study Guides


This resource consists of five power points with annotated score and embedded audio extracts for each slide. The focus is on how the music elements are used in the set work, ‘Release’.

Structure and Instrumentation
Harmony and Tonality
Rhythm, Tempo and Metre

I tend to use the acronym DR SMITH for my study guides although went a little out of order for this particular set work as I felt the instrumentation, structure and basically navigating your way through the various loops was helpful.

I am pretty pleased with the result as working out what is exactly going on using just the Edexcel score was quite tricky. In this resource you are provided with a listening guide for the entire piece which sets out which loops are in action at the various points in the set work.

In the first slide I have also provided an overview of the Celtic, African and Electronic Dance Music performing forces with images plus links to recorded examples.

The score is annotated and because each slide has an accompanying audio, the aspect of the element being discussed can be instantly heard in action. Really helpful for delivery by a teacher, but also designed for my online course enabling independent study.

If you have any problems with this resource please contact me. Directly. They were created on a MacBook Pro using Keynote and have been converted for use on a PC as a power point. You may want the Keynote versions, so just let me know.


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