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Key Stage 3 

Upper 3 (Year 7)

Pupils will develop their composing, performing and listening skills through a series of four units during the year. The units will focus on The Blues, Reggae, Making Arrangements and Jazz Improvisation. Pupils undertake a practical and listening assessment at the end of each unit. Pupils will use Music Technology extensively during the year using programmes such as Sibelius, Garageband and Logic Pro in a suite of state of the art Apple Macs.

Lower 4 (Year 8)

Pupils will develop their composing, performing and listening skills through a series of four units during the year. The units will focus on Film Music, Minimalism, Music for Special Occasions and Latin American music. Pupils undertake a practical and listening assessment at the end of each unit. Pupils will use Music Technology extensively during the year using programmes such as Sibelius, Garageband and Logic Pro in a suite of state of the art Apple Macs.

Upper 4 (Year 9)

Pupils continue to develop their composing, performing and listening skills through a series of four units during the year. The units will focus on Music in Media, Pop Songs, Song writing and the development of Rap music. Pupils undertake a practical and listening assessment at the end of each unit. Pupils will use Music Technology extensively during the year using programmes such as Sibelius, Garageband and Logic Pro in a suite of state of the art Apple Macs.

GCSE Music
 

Board: AQA

In September 2016, the department will be teaching a new specification from AQA which has been approved by Ofqual. The various components will allow us to develop pupils’ musical strengths and introduce them to new aspects of musical styles and techniques.

Component 1: Understanding music (40%)

Pupils will study and investigate a wide variety of music, including Western classical tradition 1650-1910; Popular Music; Traditional and World Music; Western music since 1910. Pupils will take a listening paper at the end of the course in which they have to respond to questions of extracts played on a CD. There will also be questions on a variety of set works which include Haydn Symphony No.101; extracts from Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band; extracts from Santana’s album Supernatural; and Copland’s Rodeo.

Component 2: Performing music (30%)

Pupils will be required to perform a solo piece and an ensemble piece (minimum of two players). These are assessed internally at any time during the course. Pupils may repeat a piece for assessment should they wish to do so. A minimum of four minutes and a maximum of seven minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance. The performances are marked internally and moderated by AQA

Component 3: Composing music (30%)

Pupils will be required to submit two compositions, one of which will be a response to a brief set by the board in September of the U5. The second piece is a free composition of the pupils choosing. Compositions can be in variety of styles using either notation (Sibelius) or sequencing (LogicPro) software. The compositions are marked internally and moderated by AQA.

A Level Music 

Head of Department: Mr P. Dodds

Examination Board: Edexcel

Specification Code: 9MU01

Course Requirements: Grade 6 at GCSE plus at least grade 7 standard on one instrument. A second instrument is not necessary, although useful (especially piano). Grade 5 (or above) theory standard would be ideal. Students who have not taken GCSE Music would have to show evidence of strong performance skills (one or two instruments at grade 7 or above) with Grade 5 theory.

Course Content:

Component 1 – Performing (30%)

Students will give a public performance of one or pieces, performed as a recital. The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes. Performances must be recorded after March 1st in the year of certification and all materials for assessment submitted to arrive at EdExcel by 15th May in the year of certification. The recital can include solo and/or ensemble performances.

Component 2 – Composing (30%)

Students will produce a total of two compositions, one to a brief set by EdExcel and one either a free composition or also to a brief. One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration. One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration. Options include Bach Chorales, Two part counterpoint, arrangement or remix.

Component 3 – Appraising (40%)

Students will study a three set works in each of the following areas of study:- Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.

Course Assessment:

Students will be assessed in two parts of a written paper.

Section A: Listening skills - Students will be examined on three questions related to the set works. A skeleton score will be provided.

Section B: Extended Response – Students will be required to answer two essay questions. Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract. Essay Two gives the choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area of study.

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