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Music

The Music department is a strong and vibrant part of the school. Not only do we teach our passion throughout the key stages, but we also plan and prepare a number of very successful and incredibly professional music productions. Our extra curricular offerings are many and varied, including choirs, orchestras and one to one music tuition. There is something for everyone to get involved with!

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Topics covered:

  1. Instruments and Timbres
  2. Elements of Music
  3. Tonality
  4. Ensembles
  5. Blues
  6. Musical Theatre

Each unit of work will centre on the topic, but also explore and develop the following musical skills and knowledge:

  • Treble clef note naming and rhythm recognition.
  • Appropriate use of instruments and sound sources.
  • Recognition, and use of the musical elements.
  • Performing melodies and accompaniments at the keyboard, and use of the voice.
  • Composing in the genre, and evaluating work.
  • Listening to, and recognition of, musical devices and conventions from each unit.
  • The social and/or historical context of the unit.

Pupils will be assessed on the three core skills of performance, composing and listening & appraising skills during each of the three key assessment periods in Year 7, and an average of the three areas given as a final result each time.

Resources to support learning at home:

Although not compulsory, the use of a keyboard at home would be an advantage to help with performance tasks and assessments, but there are facilities in school that can be used at lunchtimes in the lead-up to assessments.

 

 

Year 8

Topics covered:

  1. Reggae
  2. The Classical era
  3. Music in the Media

Each unit of work will centre on the topic, but also explore and develop the following musical skills and knowledge:

  • Treble and bass clef note naming and rhythm recognition.
  • Appropriate and imaginative use of instruments and sound sources.
  • Recognition, understanding and use of the musical elements.
  • Performing melodies and accompaniments at the keyboard, and use of the voice.
  • Composing in the genre, and notating and evaluating work.
  • Listening to, and recognition of, musical devices and conventions from each unit.
  • The social and/or historical context of the unit.

Pupils will be assessed on the three core skills of performance, composing and listening & appraising skills during each of the three key assessment periods in Year 8, and an average of the three areas given as a final result each time.

Resources to support learning at home:

Although not compulsory, the use of a keyboard at home would be an advantage to help with performance tasks and assessments, but there are facilities in school that can be used at lunchtimes in the lead-up to assessments.

 

 

Year 9

Topics covered:

  1. Pop Music
  2. The Beatles
  3. Dance Music
  4. Arranging
  5. Film Music
  6. World Music

Each unit of work will centre on the topic, but also explore and develop the following musical skills and knowledge, in preparation for a GCSE option choice:

  • Treble and bass clef note naming and rhythm recognition and application.
  • Appropriate and imaginative use of instruments and sound sources.
  • Recognition, understanding and application of the musical elements.
  • Performing melodies and accompaniments at the keyboard, and use of the voice and other instruments.
  • Composing in the genre, and notating and critically evaluating work.
  • Listening to, and recognition of, musical devices and conventions from each unit.
  • The social and/or historical context of the unit.

Pupils will be assessed on the three core skills of performance, composing and listening & appraising skills during each of the three key assessment periods in Year 9, and an average of the three areas given as a final result each time.

Resources to support learning at home:

Although not compulsory, the use of a keyboard at home would be an advantage to help with performance tasks and assessments, but there are facilities in school that can be used at lunchtimes in the lead-up to assessments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 4

Current exam board and specification: AQA GCSE

Year 10

Topics covered:

  • Listening and Appraising skills – familiar and unfamiliar music
  • Composition skills – composing to a brief, and free choice
  • Performance skills – solo and ensemble repertoire
  • Classical Set Work analysis: Haydn ‘Symphony 101’
  • Pop Music Set Work analysis: The Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
  • Note and rhythm identification and application
  • The elements of music
  • Historical periods of music
  • The purpose of audience and occasion

 

Throughout each topic, the three core musical key skills of performing, composing and listening & appraising will be developed in preparation for the three examination components of the GCSE.  Each will be assessed during the three Key Assessment periods, and an average given of attainment in the three areas as a final result.

Pupils must be in receipt of private vocal/instrumental lessons either in or outside of the academy in order to fulfil requirements for the performance examination of this course.

Resources to support learning at home:

  • Pupils should be practicing their instrument/voice regularly at home in order to improve and make progress during Year 10. This is part of compulsory homework every week for all GCSE pupils.  Your daughter will need an instrument or be able to sing to a high standard to successfully pass GCSE Music.
  • ABRSM Theory books (Grade 1-5) are good sources of topic-based help if your daughter struggles with a particular area.
  • bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/music is a valuable website to revise topics and carry out practice tests.
  • philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments is helpful to help with aural recognition of instruments.
  • Rhinegold and CGP offer study and revision guides (applicable to all exam boards) which can provide support.

 

Year 11

Topics covered:

  • Listening and Appraising skills – familiar and unfamiliar music
  • Performance skills – solo and ensemble repertoire
  • Classical Set Work analysis: Haydn ‘Symphony 101’
  • Pop Music Set Work analysis: The Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band’
  • Consolidation and revision of all topics and areas covered in Year 10 in preparation for the examinations.

Coursework carried out:

  • Composition 1: Free composition
  • Composition 2: Composition to a brief

Examinations carried out:

  • Solo and Group Performance examination
  • Listening & Appraising examination.

 

Throughout each topic, the three core musical key skills of performing, composing and listening & appraising will be developed in preparation for the three examination components of the GCSE.  Each will be assessed during the three Key Assessment periods, and an average given of attainment in the three areas as a final result.

Pupils must be in receipt of private vocal/instrumental lessons either in or outside of the academy in order to fulfil requirements for the performance examination of this course.

Resources to support learning at home:

  • Pupils should be practicing their instrument/voice regularly at home in order to improve, make progress and successfully prepare a solo and ensemble performance programme during Year 11. This is part of compulsory homework every week for all GCSE pupils.  Your daughter will need an instrument or be able to sing to a high standard to successfully pass GCSE Music.
  • ABRSM Theory books (Grade 1-5) are good sources of topic-based help if your daughter struggles with a particular area.
  • bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/music is a valuable website to revise topics and carry out practice tests.
  • philharmonia.co.uk/explore/instruments is helpful to help with aural recognition of instruments.
  • Rhinegold and CGP offer study and revision guides (applicable to all exam boards) which can provide support.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Key Stage 5

Year 12

Current exam board and specification: AQA AS level (7271) – new specification

Topics covered:

  • Listening and Appraising skills – familiar and unfamiliar music
  • Composition skills – Four part harmony and Bach Chorales
  • Composition skills – Free choice
  • The Baroque Concerto – Music of Purcell, Vivaldi and Bach
  • Musical Theatre – The music of Weill, Rodgers, Sondheim, Schönberg and Brown.
  • Performance skills – solo and ensemble repertoire

Coursework carried out:

  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief (four part harmony)
  • Composition 2: Free composition

Examinations carried out:

  • Performance: Solo and/or ensemble performance
  • Listening & Appraising examination.

 

These topics prepare the student for examination of the three core musical key skills of performing, composing and listening & appraising in the three coursework/examination components of the AS level.  Each will be assessed during the Key Assessment periods, and an average given of attainment in the three areas as a final result.

Pupils must be in receipt of private vocal/instrumental lessons either in or outside of the academy in order to fulfil requirements for the performance examination of this course.

Resources to support learning at home:

  • Pupils should be practicing their instrument/voice regularly at home in order to improve, make progress and successfully prepare for the performance examination during Year 12. This is part of compulsory directed time every week for all AS pupils.  Your daughter will need an instrument or be able to sing to a high standard to successfully pass AS Music.
  • ABRSM Theory books (Grade 1-5) are good sources of topic-based help if your daughter struggles with a particular area.
  • Rhinegold and CGP offer study and revision guides (applicable to all exam boards) which can provide support.

 

 

Year 13

Current exam board and specification: AQA A level (2271) – old specification

Topics covered:

  • Listening and Appraising skills
  • Composition skills – Bach Chorale and the Classical String Quartet
  • Set Work Analysis: Shostakovich Symphony number 5, movements 1-4.
  • Set Work Analysis: Music from Musical Theatre (1940-1980)
  • Performance skills – solo repertoire

Coursework carried out:

  • Composition: Bach Chorale and Classical String Quartet

Examinations carried out:

  • Performance: Solo performance
  • Listening & Appraising examination.

 

These topics prepare the student for examination of the three core musical key skills of performing, composing and listening & appraising in the three coursework/examination components of the A level.  Each will be assessed during the Key Assessment periods, and an average given of attainment in the three areas as a final result.

Pupils must be in receipt of private vocal/instrumental lessons either in or outside of the academy in order to fulfil requirements for the performance examination of this course.

Resources to support learning at home:

  • Pupils should be practicing their instrument/voice regularly at home in order to improve, make progress and successfully prepare for the performance examination during Year 12. This is part of compulsory directed time every week for all A2 pupils.  Your daughter will need an instrument or be able to sing to a high standard to successfully pass A level Music.
  • ABRSM Theory books (Grade 1-5) are good sources of topic-based help if your daughter struggles with a particular area.
  • Rhinegold and CGP offer study and revision guides (applicable to all exam boards) which can provide support.