00:00 - 00:03Sir, the new GCSE music syllabus is in.
00:04 - 00:05It covers the entire history of Western classical music
00:05 - 00:07From its origins in the plainchant of the Catholic church
00:08 - 00:12It covers the compositions of Bach, Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
00:12 - 00:15Right through to Post-War Modernism and beyond.
00:17 - 00:19Yes, Western Classical music
00:19 - 00:21It will constrast well with the Bhangra.
00:24 - 00:26Sir,
00:27 - 00:28Bhangra
00:31 - 00:33Bhangra is not in the new syllabus.
00:34 - 00:36Bhangra will not form part of the new music GCSE.
00:53 - 00:58Everyone who had no input in the new syllabus. Please leave now. And quickly.
01:13 - 01:15Bhangra was the best bit!
01:15 - 01:17Bhangra was why everyone took GCSE Music.
01:18 - 01:23Everyone would hope for a Bhangra question in the exam.
01:25 - 01:28It was the heart of the course.
01:29 - 01:31And you have taken that heart and destroyed it.
01:31 - 01:34Future generations will not understand this fusion
01:34 - 01:37of traditional Punjab and contemporary British music styles
01:37 - 01:40created by first and second generation migrants.
01:40 - 01:42Sir, there is a still the opportunity to study it at Key Stage 3.
01:42 - 01:46But they will not be able to compose in that style in year 10 and 11.
01:46 - 01:48Sir, there is still the free composition option.
01:48 - 01:52But they will know none of the features of the music.
01:53 - 01:54The 4 4 time signature
01:56 - 01:57with each crotchet beat divided into three.
01:57 - 02:00 The chaal rhythms and the fast tempo
02:00 - 02:03combined with the use of riffs and the sampled bass lines.
02:04 - 02:08The verse-chorus structure and the frequent use of microtonal intervals
02:08 - 02:13The usage of string instruments and Indian instruments such as the sitar
02:14 - 02:16And the shouts of 'Hoi!'
02:17 - 02:21 Everyone will just do waltzes for the Area of Study composition. Everyone.
02:27 - 02:29It's not just the kids I pity.
02:30 - 02:34The teachers. The teachers will have to teach Bach through to Beethoven
02:34 - 02:36And miss out on the excitement of bhangra.
02:41 - 02:42Waltz isn't even a dance.
02:43 - 02:47It's too slow to be danced to. And then there's the rubato!
02:48 - 02:53And yet bhangra is the one which is left out of the syllabus.
02:54 - 02:56No wonder young people are so confused by music.
02:56 - 02:59We tell them waltz is dance music, when it can't be danced to.
03:00 - 03:02And then don't explain the fusion of Punjab and contemporary British musics.
03:04 - 03:07It's OK, disco is still covered.
03:14 - 03:16No more shouts of 'Hoi'.
03:19 - 03:23It is incomprehensible, but also too late to save the GCSE.
03:25 - 03:26Perhaps A level?
03:31 - 03:33It must be able to be slotted in.
03:40 - 03:46There must be space. Someone must be able to fit it in.
03:46 - 03:49Surely WJEC have not completed their syllabus already?
03:53 - 03:56Impossible.