Students will be able to scratch their way to exam success.

Exam board AQA has announced a series of changes to its GCSE Music syllabus, which includes to addition of DJing as a solo performance option.

Candidates have always had to demonstrate a performance skill to get their Music GCSE, but if exam regulator Ofqual approves AQA’s changes, students will be able to gain credit by scratching and showing how they’d prepare for a gig among other DJ skills.

“They originally said that jazz wasn’t real music, and they said it about rock and pop too,” AQA music head Seb Ross told BBC Newsbeat. “Dance music – like any kind of music – is about performing with skill and understanding how music creates mood and meaning.”

However, Chris McGovern of the Campaign for Real Education told Newsbeat he “would not be in favour of this kind of thing,” believing that it “would not impress an employer in the same way as knowing about Beethoven or Mozart.”

If approved, students will be studying the art of DJing from September 2016. Other proposed changes include the addition of The Beatles and Carlos Santana to the syllabus. [via Mixmag]



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