Music

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VISION

As a school we believe that Music is an essential part of a rich and balanced curriculum and that every child should be entitled to Music teaching in order to develop sensitivity, understanding and tolerance towards others. Students find ways of expressing themselves through a form of creative intelligence which helps them to develop richer lives as adults. As teachers we aim to give students a love of Music that will last a lifetime.

KS3 CURRICULUM CONTENT

At Key Stage 3, students are exposed to a wide range of musical styles with a focus on practical music making.  All students are given the opportunity to play a wide range of musical instruments and to participate in class singing and performance.  Students are encouraged to have musical ambition when accessing new and unfamiliar music and to understand the historical context of the ‘great works’.  Below, is the KS3 Curriculum overview:

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KS3 ASSESSMENT

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KS4 CURRICULUM CONTENT

Examination Board:         Edexcel GCSE

Syllabus Number:            1426

GCSE Music follows on from work done at Key Stage 3.  It improves skills in performing and composing different types of music.  Students also listen to and analyse a wide variety of music and learn more about how and why it was written and/or performed.  There are opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.

EXAMS
There is one final exam in which students listen to a CD and answer questions on pieces from the four Areas of Study which cover popular music, classical music and music from around the world.  This examination is worth 40% of the marks.

COURSEWORK
Students perform (play or sing) two pieces altogether.  One of the pieces will be a solo in any style and on any instrument.  The other performance will be with other players.  These performances may take place in the classroom, in school music groups or outside school.  Music will be recorded and marked by the teacher.  This is worth 30% of the overall mark. 

Students also compose two pieces according to a brief.  These will be in a form or style.  This is also worth 30% of the overall mark.  Students interested in music technology  may use computer sequences, multitrack recorders, digital recording and sampling in the preparation and presentation of compositions.  Students may also use technology to record work and to produce printed scores and extract parts.  

 

 KS4 ASSESSMENT

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KS5 CURRICULUM CONTENT

 

Examination Board:         Edexcel GCSE

Syllabus Number:            8MU01/9MU01

A Level Music follows on from work done at GCSE.  It improves skills in performing and composing different types of music.  Students also listen to and analyse a wide variety of music and learn more about how and why it was written and/or performed.  There are opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.

EXAMS
There is one final exam in which students answer questions based on set works they have studied.  The exam also requires students to have a broad, general knowledge of musical periods and composers.  This examination is worth 40% of the marks.

COURSEWORK
Students perform a recital of 5-6 minutes at ‘AS’ and 12-15 minutes at ‘A2’.  The recital should demonstrate students’ ability to perform in a variety of different styles and genres.  Music will be recorded and marked by the teacher.  This is worth 30% of the overall mark. 

Students also compose one 3 minute piece according to a brief.  This is also worth 30% of the overall mark.  At ‘A2’ students are required to complete 2 technical studies eg. Bach Chorale, Figured Bass or Pop Song Technical Studies.  

KS5 ASSESSMENT

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