Music

KS3

Year 7

In Year 7 all pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Music course. This course involves the development of basic keyboard skills, musical literacy, general musical experience and singing. This work develops into improvisation, composition and a project in percussion work.

Year 8

In Year 8 all pupils follow the Key Stage 3 Music course, building on the skills and musical knowledge developed in Year 7. Pupils continue to develop their practical keyboard skills, extend their composition work and participate in more involved ensembles. They also develop their general musical knowledge through listening, appraising and written assignments.

KS4

Overview

GCSE Music

The GCSE Music course is exciting and enjoyable, over three years you will explore different components that are set by the exam board these are listening and appraising, performing and composing. The components are then explored through different areas of study, these include: The Western Classical Tradition (1650 to 1910), Popular Music, Traditional Music and The Western Classical Tradition Since 1910.

The course includes instrumental skills, both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble. The Music department has a ‘cyber-lab’ with the latest music technology and software; this is incorporated into your learning and provides a way of composing and completing your coursework. You will study and compare many genres of music and also has set works for study and analysis. You will learn how to perform and compose in a wide range of musical genres and the course will allow you to develop your musical and listening skills to a high standard.

Assessment

Assessment throughout the course is on-going therefore you will be monitored regularly both in class and by your instrumental teacher.

For your final assessment the breakdown is as follows:

Coursework:

  • Performing 30%
  • Composing 30%

Exams:

  • Listening and Appraising 40%

KS5

Overview

AQA A Level Music

This AQA specification will prepare candidates with the knowledge and experience required for all forms of further and higher education in Music. Encompassing performance, composition and historical study, the course provides a basis for whichever specialism students may wish to focus on later in life when studying further or following a career in the industry.

Assessment

Assessment takes place through coursework and formal written examinations. Assessment involves a written and listening exam, composition portfolio and the recital exam.

AS Course

  • Recital 30%
  • Composition Portfolio 30%
  • Written Exam 40%

A Level Course

  • Recital 35%
  • Composition Portfolio 25%
  • Written Exam 40%
BTEC Level 3 Music Performance

The BTEC National Award in Music Performance is designed for students aged 16+ who wish to pursue a vocationally relevant qualification in the music sector. This sector is a dynamic area of the performing arts industry and many of its skills are transferable between the different areas of the larger genre.

Assessment

Assessment is through coursework portfolios, showcase performances throughout the year and formal written exams.

Year 12 & 13

AQA A Level Music

Through both years on the course, students will study modules in Listening and Analysis, Composition, and Performance.

The Listening and Analysis module covers a wide spectrum of musical genres; from The Western Classical Tradition, Pop Music, Music for Media, Music for Theatre, Jazz, Contemporary Traditional Music and Art Music since 1920. Current set works are the Baroque solo concerto (Purell, Vivaldi and Bach), The operas of Mozart (The Marriage of Figaro) and the piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg.

The Composition module allows students to develop their creativity by producing two compositions; one to a set brief by the exam board and one free composition. Together the compositions must last a combined minimum time of four and a half minutes.

The Performance module encourages students to explore a range of genres on their instrument or voice and prepare for an end of year recital lasting 6-8 minutes for AS level and 10-12 minutes for the A level.

The specification also caters for students who play ‘electronic’ instruments and also for those who have an interest in Music Technology.

BTEC Level 3 Music Performance

All students taking the BTEC Music Performance course will complete various projects, working to strict deadlines and delivering a final performance or music product. This is a skill that is vital in all areas of the performing arts and music industry. Units that will be covered include: Music Performance Brief, Music Composition Brief, Professional Practice in the Music Industry, Arranging Music Composing Music, Music Promotion, Solo Performance, Music Ensembles and Music Software Skills.

Students are encouraged to explore genres of music with which they are unfamiliar and push the boundaries within their own playing. They will work with a variety of other musicians and participate in ensembles created from members of the course.

During the course many projects involve solo work, and independent study as well as teamwork, both within ensemble activities and on an organizational level.

Students are expected to participate in extra-curricular ensembles within the College and we encourage our BTEC Music students to develop their own bands and ensembles.