2012 Exam- The Music Industry

Welcome, pop pickers! 40% of your overall mark in GCSE Media Studies is determined by the exam. In January or June 2012, you will sit a 2 and a quarter hours long exam in which you will answer five questions. The first four questions (Section A) will be on Music Websites (Official) and the final question (Section B) on Music MAGAZINES.

Section A will begin with a textual analysis task. The first part of the exam involves print-related stimulus material (Probably a home-page and supplementary pages) which will be used for you to answer Question 1 & possibly Question 2. Questions 2 and 3 will test you on 2 of the 3 key concepts, which make up this GCSE course. This will be on representation, narrative or genre. Question 4 is based on media organisations and in particular, the idea of media convergence. Question 5 is a practical task in which essentially, you will be asked to design a music related magazine...probably a front-cover.


We would advise the following 10 step approach to your revision:

STEP 1- Read your own notes...highlight important notes in bright colours...make notes and shorten onto cards...ask parents/peers to test you...the vocab & theory is KEY...
STEP 2- Use the wiki...read through all the pages...check the notes on the mock exam...try to remember your teacher's voice as you revise. How would they express analysis, concepts etc...The JANUARY MOCK notes should also be revised.
STEP 3- Go to the glossary of terms...general theory...music website terminology...magazine terminology
STEP 4- Revise reception theories...how are texts received by audiences...Uses & Gratifications, Participatory Cultures, Maslow etc
STEP 5- Have 1 or 2 music websites analysed in detail and in your notes
STEP 6- Choose 1 genre (soul or rock perhaps) and revise your notes on sub-genres, the influence of genres, why they are important etc
STEP 7- Be ready to discuss representation...again, have 1 or 2 case studies ready...check out the forum we ran on this
STEP 8- Choose 1 star and revise how they are marketed and promoted
STEP 9- Be an expert on one music related magazine...practice deconstructing front pages (Use the glossary to help you)
STEP 10- Design your own page and annotated it...read the feedback from your teacher!

SECTION A- INDUSTRY WEBSITES (MUSIC ONLY)

Q1- TEXTUAL ANALYSIS OF INDUSTRY WEBSITES

Q2- INDUSTRY WEBSITE GENRES

Q3- REPRESENTATION/NARRATIVES IN INDUSTRY WEBSITES

Q4- MEDIA CONVERGENCE IN INDUSTRY WEBSITES

SECTION B- MAGAZINES

Q5- MAKING A MUSIC RELATED MAGAZINE


MUSIC INDUSTRY THEORIES & DEFINITIONS (You will need your VLE password to access)

WIKINOMICS & POST-MODERNISM