Year 7

Course Description
Students will follow a syllabus in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum, comprising Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. Fine details of the work are constantly being reviewed but will include the following broad areas:

  1. Ensemble singing and performance related activities.
  2. Composing exercises using both graphic and standard notation.
  3. Topics concerning Music from different times and places which will involve learning about composers, instruments and musical styles, including elements of music from around the world.
  4. Individual work, fully differentiated to different levels of ability and previous experience.

Homework
A variety of approaches in support of classwork.

Assessment
Students will be assessed in an on-going way following discussions between teacher and student. All practical topics are assessed by performance outcome. A formal assessment of Performing/Composing, Listening and Written Work are carried out each half term.

Termly Topics:

  1. Musical Elements
  2. Discovering Instruments
  3. Musical Notation
  4. Music from Africa
  5. Programme Music
  6. Popular Music

Extra-Curricular Involvement
Music offers scope for students to take lessons on a variety of orchestral and band instruments according to their own interest, suitability and the availability of instruments to use. Students are strongly encouraged to join an out-of-school group.

The Music Department also performs a biannual Musical production.

Year 8

Course Description
Students will follow a syllabus in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum, comprising Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. Fine details of the work are constantly being reviewed but will include the following broad areas:

  1. Ensemble singing and performance related activities.
  2. Composing exercises using both graphic and standard notation.
  3. Topics concerning Music from different times and places which will involve learning about composers, instruments and musical styles, including elements of music from around the world.
  4. Individual work, fully differentiated to different levels of ability and previous experience.

Homework
A variety of approaches in support of classwork.

Assessment
Students will be assessed in an on-going way following discussions between teacher and student. All practical topics are assessed by performance outcome. A formal assessment of Performing/Composing, Listening and Written Work are carried out each half term.

Termly Topics:

  1. Chords
  2. Structure and Form
  3. Dance Music over the years
  4. Musicals, past and present
  5. Music NOW!
  6. Indian Music

Extra-Curricular Involvement
Music offers scope for students to take lessons on a variety of orchestral and band instruments according to their own interest, suitability and the availability of instruments to use. Students are strongly encouraged to join an out-of-school group.

The Music Department also performs a biannual Musical production.

Year 9

Course Description
Students will follow a syllabus in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum, comprising Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing. Fine details of the work are constantly being reviewed but will include the following broad areas:

  1. Ensemble singing and performance related activities.
  2. Composing exercises using both graphic and standard notation.
  3. Topics concerning Music from different times and places which will involve learning about composers, instruments and musical styles, including elements of music from around the world.
  4. Individual work, fully differentiated to different levels of ability and previous experience.

Homework
A variety of approaches in support of classwork.

Assessment
Students will be assessed in an on-going way following discussions between teacher and student. All practical topics are assessed by performance outcome. A formal assessment of Performing/Composing, Listening and Written Work are carried out each half term.

Termly Topics:

  1. Film Music
  2. The Blues
  3. Group Musicianship
  4. The Beatles
  5. Arranging and Remixing
  6. Final Module

Extra-Curricular Involvement
Music offers scope for students to take lessons on a variety of orchestral and band instruments according to their own interest, suitability and the availability of instruments to use. Students are strongly encouraged to join an out-of-school group.

The Music Department also performs a biannual Musical production.

GCSE

Music is constantly evolving, inspiring creativity and expression in a way that no other subject can. Our course offers students the chance to study a wider range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning. This GCSE brings theory, listening and composition to life in new and engaging ways, and links to the world around us like never before. We acknowledge that students have different learning styles and musical tastes, which is why our GCSE Music course values all styles, skills and instruments. The course broadens the students’ minds and foster a love of all music through a qualification that students of all abilities and backgrounds will enjoy.

It must be noted that candidates must perform as part of the course assessment (30%) therefore candidates must already play an instrument or sing, or be willing to start instrumental or singing lessons at the time of options.

Assessment
Students must complete all three components of this qualification:

Component 1: Understanding music (40%)
Externally moderated exam paper, 1 hour and 30 minutes, with listening exercises using excerpts of music:

  • Listening
  • Contextual Understanding

Component 2: Performing music (30%)
This component will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by the board. Two music performances as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:

  • Performance 1: Solo performance
  • Performance 2: Ensemble performance

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.

Component 3: Composing music (30%)
This component will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by the board.

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

A minimum of three minutes and a maximum of four and a half minutes of music in total is required.

Extra Curricular Involvement
Due to the nature of the GCSE Music course it is vital that students are performing and playing their chosen instrument/singing on a regular basis and are therefore involved in extra curricular activities. Each student should be a member of at least one ensemble and must attend on a regular basis. Involvement in Extra Curricular Ensembles promotes and develops performance and ensemble skills.

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