Key Stage 3

Year 7

Learning and undertaking activities in music contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present and, as such, helps pupils to understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills and increases self discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The essential skills and processes in music that pupils need to learn to make progress are:

a) Performing, composing and listening
b) Reviewing and evaluating

ASSESSMENT
Pupils are assessed in music as part of an ongoing Assessment for Learning process in order to provide individual feedback or targets so that the pupil knows what to do in order to improve. Assessment in music also provides an overall judgement about how the pupils are progressing against national curriculum levels.
Pupils will usually be assessed at least three times per term but there should be sufficient time allowed between level-related judgements to allow pupils to show progress. However, the assessment of ongoing work is embedded in day-to-day learning and teaching.

Unit 1: Elements: (exploring pitch, rhythm, tempo and dynamics)

Unit 2: Vocal Unit: Students sing together as a whole class, in small groups or individually and cover a wide genre of music. They prepare for the Carol Concert which is on the last day of the autumn term.

Unit 3: Classical Music: Students learn to read rhythms and basic notation whilst developing their keyboard skills and exploring the classical genre of Music such as Theme and Variation and different composers.

Unit 4:  Musical Theatre: This is a performing arts module where students will learn about Musical Theatre and perform `Revolting Children` from Matilda.

Unit 5: Hooks and Riffs: Students learn different famous Hooks and Riff and the elements that go into create one- they will then compose their own.

Unit 6: Wild Thing: Students will learn Guitar skills and learn about primary chords and reading guitar chart preparing them for year 8.

Year 8

Learning and undertaking activities in music contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present and, as such, helps pupils to understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills and increases self discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The essential skills and processes in music that pupils need to learn to make progress are:

a) Performing, composing and listening
b) Reviewing and evaluating

ASSESSMENT
Pupils are assessed in music as part of an ongoing Assessment for Learning process in order to provide individual feedback or targets so that the pupil knows what to do in order to improve. Assessment in music also provides an overall judgement about how the pupils are progressing against national curriculum levels.
Pupils will usually be assessed at least three times per term but there should be sufficient time allowed between level-related judgements to allow pupils to show progress. However, the assessment of ongoing work is embedded in day-to-day learning and teaching.

Unit 1: The Blues: Students will develop their knowledge of the Primary chords and look at the Genre of Blues. They will perform `Jackass Blues` learning the art of Improvisation and write their own blues inspired Music.

Unit 2: Reggae: Students will learn about the culture and traditions of Reggae Music and begin to work in Band groups learning a famous Reggae song.

Unit 3: Cover Songs: Students are in a band and create a cover version of a song of their choice, developing their instrumental techniques

Unit 4: Rags and Tals: An Indian Music Module where students will learn the culture and traditions of an Indian Raga. They will develop their knowledge of rhythms and improvisation and learn how to use guitar picking and Tabla Rhythms.

Unit 5: Programme Music: Setting the Scene, exploring how Music can tell a story.

Unit 6: Football Anthems: Students begin to look into Percussion notation and more complex rhythms and learn `Wavin’ Flag`. They will then Compose their own Football anthem.

Year 9

Learning and undertaking activities in music contribute to achievement of the curriculum aims for all young people to become:

  • successful learners who enjoy learning, make progress and achieve
  • confident individuals who are able to live safe, healthy and fulfilling lives
  • responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to society

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. Music is an integral part of culture, past and present and, as such, helps pupils to understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding. Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills and increases self discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The essential skills and processes in music that pupils need to learn to make progress are:

a) Performing, composing and listening
b) Reviewing and evaluating

ASSESSMENT
Pupils are assessed in music as part of an ongoing Assessment for Learning process in order to provide individual feedback or targets so that the pupil knows what to do in order to improve. Assessment in music also provides an overall judgement about how the pupils are progressing against national curriculum levels.
Pupils will usually be assessed at least three times per term but there should be sufficient time allowed between level-related judgements to allow pupils to show progress. However, the assessment of ongoing work is embedded in day-to-day learning and teaching.

Unit 1: Music From Latin America: Students will look into the Culture and traditions of Latin American Music and learn new skills such as dominant 7th chords and performing cross rhythms. They will learn some pop music that uses Latin techniques.

Unit 2: Music Futures: Students are in bands and they perform a famous piece of Music together, developing their instrument techniques.

Unit 3:  Song Writing: Students learn how to write a 4 chord song.

Unit 4:  Film Music: Students learn about different techniques of creating a piece of Music for film and use a film clip to write music for.

Unit 5: Own Choice Unit: Students select from a range of tasks to finish year 9.

Unit 6: Own Choice continued.

Key Stage 4

Year 10 & 11:

GCSE AQA

There are four units of work as follows:

Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music. 1 hour exam. 20%. Externally marked. Candidates respond to questions based on short musical extracts drawn from the 5 Areas of Study.

Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music. 20%. Externally marked. Candidates compose one piece of music in up to 20 hours of Supervised Time. The piece should explore two or more of the Areas of Study and link to one of the three Strands of Learning announced annually by the board. (10%)
Candidates appraise the process and outcome in 2 hours of Controlled Time. (10%)

Unit 3: Performing Music. 40% Controlled Assessment. Internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates offer one individual and one group performance. (Grade 5 or above is required for candidates achieve the top mark for Demand)

Unit 4: Composing Music. 20%. Up to 25 hours of Controlled Assessment. Internally assessed and externally moderated. Candidates compose one piece of music which explores two or more of the Areas of Study in any style or genre of the candidate’s choosing.

Students opting for Music at GCSE level should have a passion for performing and listening to music. You will follow a two year course comprising the three musical areas: Listening, Performing and Composing.

Assessment of all three areas will take place during as well as at the end of the course:

Component 1:
Understanding music
Component 2:
Performing music
Component 3:
Composing music
What's assessed
Listening
Contextual understanding
What's assessed
Music performance
What's assessed
Composition
How it's assessed
Exan paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.
How it's assessed
As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:
Performance 1: Solo performance (36 marks)
Performance 2: Ensemble performance (36 marks)
How it's assessed
Composition 1: Composition to a brief (36 marks)
Composition 2: Free composition (36 marks)
Questions
Section A: Listening - unfamiliar music (68 marks)
Section B: Study pieces (28 marks).
The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.
This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks (96 marks).
A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.
This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).
Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA. Performances must be completed in the year of certification.
A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.
This component is 30% of GCSE marks (72 marks).
Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA.

Why Study Music?

Music is both an art and a science. The study of GCSE Music will develop the following skills:

  • Instrumental skills
  • Literacy skills
  • Numeracy skills
  • Analytical skills
  • Social skills

What you need to study Music?

A real enjoyment of music and a positive attitude towards your work are definitely the most important requirements for this course. The ability to play something on an instrument or sing.

If you are interested and would like to know more please speak to Ms Oatway, Mrs Silvester or Mrs Venner.

Key Stage 5

Year 12 & 13: (Sixth Form)

EXAMINATION BOARD
AQA

WHAT IS SPECIAL ABOUT THIS SUBJECT?
The course will enable you to develop your skills as a performer, composer and musical historian.

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
• Students must have at least a grade 4 in GCSE Music.
• Students should also have a suitable level of ability at singing or on a musical instrument.
• Enthusiasm to perform in public is essential.
• A good level of literacy and numeracy skills is expected.
• You will need to be having regular instrumental/vocal lessons. Self – study and independent instrumental/vocal practice time will be required.

Auditions will be available for those who have not previously studied music to assess suitability.

YOU WILL STUDY
PERFORMING
You will need to perform as a soloist and as part of ensembles. Performances will take place in class and in concerts in the school and the wider community. You will take part in extra- curricular music groups, both leading groups and taking part. These could include bands, choirs, vocal groups, orchestras etc or as part of the pit band for school productions.
COMPOSING
Composition coursework will develop your skills in creating original music, as well as writing music to set briefs. You will create music for your own instrument and other groups/ensembles. You will have access to suitable software to enable you to produce recordings and scores of your work.
LISTENING
You will explore a range of musical genres including Jazz, Classical and Pop and Rock music. The assessment of this aspect of the course will be final listening exams.

ASSESSMENT DETAILS
There is one exam, taken at the end of Year 13
• Listening exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of final grade.

In addition performance is worth 35% of the final grade, and composition is worth 25% of the final grade.

CAREERS & UNIVERSITY PATHWAYS
A Level 3 Music qualification can support progression to study relevant music and music technology degrees in a Higher or Further Education institution, or to enter a music related profession.