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When studying the Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) Music syllabus, learners listen to, perform and compose music, encouraging aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and, importantly, creativity. As a result, learners enhance their appreciation and enjoyment of music, an achievement that forms an ideal foundation for future study and enhances life-long musical enjoyment.
Learners study music from a variety of styles; each style is placed in its historical and cultural context, and they are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening. Although the majority of the syllabus examines Western European music, the music of other cultures is always represented.
This syllabus is graded from 9 to 1 but is otherwise the same as Cambridge IGCSE Music (0410). Teaching resources can be found on the web page for Cambridge IGCSE Music (0410) and past papers and audio resources can be purchased from the publications catalogue. These may be useful for teaching Cambridge IGCSE (9-1) Music (0978).
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Please note that if you make an entry for the 9-1 grading scale, it is not then possible to switch to the A*-G grading scale once the entries deadline has passed. If you find that you have accidentally made an entry for the 9-1 syllabus, you must withdraw and re-enter before the entries deadline.
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