Music

 
What will the subject enable me to do?

Music will help students to develop their listening, communication and resilience skills, as well as their confidence. Students will develop their listening, composition and performance skills throughout different topics. They will be able to use and learn many different instruments available the department, including keyboards, guitars and ukuleles.

 
Staff

J. Sutton – HoD

S. Brown

 

 
Extra-Curricular

 

Monday

Trumpet Group - Lunch Time

Panto rehearsals - After School

Tuesday

Choir 12:00-12:30

Flute Group 12:00-12:30

Clarinet Group 12:40-1:00

Wednesday

Orchestra  12:30-1:00

Thursday

Ukulele Group - Lunch time

Panto rehearsals - After School

 

 
KeyStage3

Curriculum Plan

Year 7

Unit
Skills
Assessment

Programme Music

Students learn about how music is used to tell a story and represent different characters. They will develop their listening and compositions skills, as well as being able to experiment on different instruments.

Composition and Performance Assessment.

Music Notation

Students will learn and to read and write traditional music notation through learning about rhythm and pitch. They will also learn to use this in order to learn a piece of music on the Keyboard or Glockenspiel.

Rhythm composition assessment. Performance assessment.

Performance Skills

Students will develop their performance, listening and communication skills through learning to play music on the Ukulele and singing. They will work as a whole class as well as in small groups to put on their own performance.

Performance assessment.

 

Year 8

Unit
Skills
Assessment

World Music

Students will develop their understanding of music from other cultures around the world. Through this they will develop their listening, composition and performance skills.

Composition & Performance assessment.

Cover Versions

Students will learn what makes a cover version. They will learn to analyse music through listening, being able to identify instruments and key musical features. They will work in groups to create their own cover version of a song using different instruments.

Listening & Analysis assessment.

Performance assessment.

Film Music

Students will learn about how music is used within Film, TV and computer Games. They will watch and analyse different film clips as well as composing their own character themes and underscore for a film clip.

Composition assessment.

Sequencing Music

Students will learn about key features of different styles of electronic and hip hop styles through learning how to use a sequencer and compose their own.

Composition assessment.

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will compose of tasks related to each topic, including homemade instruments, listening analysis, notation revision and rehearsal logs.

Students are able to arrange to use the music rooms and practice rooms in order to rehearse for their assessment.

Please also see the extra-curricular timetable for any music clubs for students to join.

 
Keystage 4

Students will study EITHER RSL L2 Certificate in Performance or Technology & Composition for Music Practitioners or Eduqas WJEC GCSE Music.

In year 9 students will have a foundation year in which they will develop their performance, technology, composition and listening analysis skills. They will then decide on which route/course they are going to continue on into year 10.

RSL L2 Certificate in Performance or Technology & Composition for Music Practitioners (Pass, Merit, Distinction)

Unit
Content
Assessment

Music Knowledge Development – ALL students CORE unit

Students will develop their musical knowledge and ability to express their thoughts and feelings about music using appropriate language, through the assessment of the music by an artist of their choice.

Internally assessed coursework task.

Live Music Performance – Performance route CORE unit.

Students will work towards a performance. RSL set a brief/scenario for the type of performance, students will then:

  • Plan
  • Rehearse & Perform
  • Evaluate

The coursework portfolio is completed in controlled conditions and is sent to RSL for examination.

Externally assessed coursework task.

Music Sequencing and Production – Technology & Composition route CORE unit.

Students will develop their knowledge of how to use a DAW and compose music through sequencing. RSL set a brief/scenario for the type of project, students will then:

  • Plan
  • Complete
  • Evaluate

The coursework portfolio is completed in controlled condition and is sent to RSL for examination.

Externally assessed coursework task.

Composing Music – ALL students

Students will develop their composition skills by creating original musical ideas which have the potential to be developed into full pieces of music.

Internally assessed coursework task.

Sound Recording – ALL students

Students will develop their knowledge of how to record music. They will plan, complete and evaluate a recording session.

Internally assessed coursework task.

 

Eduqas WJEC GCSE Music (9-1)

Unit
Content
Assessment

Component 1 – Performing

Total performance duration – 4-6minutes

A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least 1minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One piece must link to an area of study of the students’ choice.

30% Internally assessed coursework.

Component 2 – Composing

Total composition duration – 3-6minutes

Students will compose two pieces of music, one of which will be in response to a brief set by WJEC. The second composition is a free composition for which students will set their own brief.

30% Internally assessed coursework.

Component 3 – Appraising

Students will develop their musical understanding, listening and analysis skills through the study of four areas of study:

AoS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

AoS2 – Music for Ensemble

AoS3 – Film Music

AoS4 – Popular Music

2/8 questions are based on extracts set by WJEC.

40% 1.25 hour listening & written exam

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set via ShowMyHomework and will comprise of research based tasks, music theory revision, composition tasks and rehearsal logs.

Students are able to arrange to use the music rooms and practice rooms in order to rehearse for their assessment.

Please also see the extra-curricular timetable for any music clubs for students to join.

 
Keystage 5

Students will study RSL L3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (equivalent to 1.5 A Levels)

There are four pathways which students can chose – Performance, Technology, Composition, Business, they will then study a range of units which make up 90 credits – these can be discussed and agreed in on individual basis, depending on the students’ interests, skills and abilities. The table below shows an example of optional units which students can study to make up the qualification:

 

Example unit combination – Performance pathway

Unit
Content
Assessment

349 Planning for a Career in Music – CORE Unit

Students develop their understanding of the potential studying music has working towards a career. They will look into two potential career progressions and assess their existing knowledge, skills and understanding and what they need to develop in order to work towards their chosen career paths.

Internally assessed coursework task.

387 Rehearsal Skills & Live Music Performance – CORE Unit

Students will work towards a performance. RSL set a brief/scenario for the type of performance, students will then:

  • Plan
  • Rehearse
  • Perform & Evaluate

The coursework portfolio is completed in controlled conditions and is sent to RSL for examination.

Externally assessed coursework task.

312 Practical Harmony Application (Chords & Progressions)

Students develop their music theory knowledge focussing on chords. They learn how to apply these skills and develop their understanding of how to build chord progressions which could be used in different styles.

Internally assessed coursework task.

310 Composing Lyrics

Students develop their songwriting skills, by writing lyrics for two songs – one of their own composed ideas and one in response to a given backing track.

Internally assessed coursework task.

357 Musical Director

Students are to direct a musical ensemble, preparing for a performance. They should be able to identify the abilities and needs of the musicians in the ensemble and ensure they select suitable music.

Internally assessed coursework task.

365 Auditioning for Music

Students are to develop their abilities and aptitudes in order to effectively audition for specific musical roles. They will explore, analyse and develop their own audition techniques and experience through a combination of theory and practice.

Internally assessed coursework task.

 

Homework and support

Homework will be set of ShowMyHomework and will involve regular independent work on coursework tasks, including research, rehearsal, composition tasks etc.

Students are able to arrange to use the music rooms and practice rooms in order to rehearse for their assessment.

Please also see the extra-curricular timetable for any music clubs for students to join.