Music

Aims

The Music Department strives to give a rounded musical education to all students of all backgrounds regardless of their prior learning or economic background. We encourage students to play instruments and join a range of musical ensembles including choirs, bands and orchestras. We have 3 concerts a year and encourage students to get involved in the concerts whether that be as part of a group or as a solo performer.

Teaching and Learning

Students are taught to perform, compose and listen to music through a range of differentiated activities. There is a great stress on practical work with a firm theoretical background. Students learn to work as a member of a group and individually. Composition tasks are undertaken either using instruments or using music technology such as Sibelius.

Assessment for learning                            

Schemes of work are directly linked to the assessment criteria. At each assessment point students complete a closing the gap sheet where they will receive written teacher feedback and whether or not they are on target according to their individual flight path.

 Home Learning

  • Performance, Composition and Listening skills
  • Solo and Group work, Research projects.
  • Show my Homework – all home learning activities will be published by individual staff members on the Show My Homework website which can be found by following the link on the school’s homepage. Students and parents can access this through their accounts or by filtering the results.

 

Equipment

The Music Department is housed in two classrooms (one of which has musical technology). There are 5 practice rooms for individual music lessons and group work. Both classrooms have a full set of piano keyboards and a range of percussion instruments which are available for the students to use.

Key Stage 3

Music

Programme of Study

Year

Autumn term

Spring term

Summer term

7

  • The Elements of Music.
  • Base Line Assessment.
  • Rap and Politics.
  • Keyboards.
  • A Capella
  • Carnival of the Animals.
  • Salsa

Assessments

Listening, Composing and Performing.

Listening, Composing and Performing.

Listening, Composing and Performing.

8

  • Melody and Chords.
  • Film Music
  • Reggae.
  • Musical Theatre.
  • Music in Advertising.
  • Cover Versions.

Assessments

Listening, Composing and Performing.

Listening, Composing and Performing.

Listening, Composing and Performing.

 

Additional Information

Lunchtime Clubs:

Monday – GCSE Music Revision

Tuesday – Choir

Wednesday -  Glee club

Thursday – Orchestra (Lunchtime), GCSE Music Revision (After School)

Friday – Chamber Choir

Every year we put on a school musical with the Drama Department and this year we are doing Annie. We aim to run a Music Department tour every two years.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Encourage your daughter to listen to a broad and varied diet of musical compositions.

Encourage her to take up extra-curricular activities both in and out of school.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Johnson – Head of Music and Teacher i/c House System

Key Stage 4

Music

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE syllabus.

Specification number: 1MU0

Link to the specification website https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Performing Music

Unit code: 1MU0/01

Composing Music

Unit code: 1MU0/02

Listening and Appraising Unit code: 1MU0/03

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Assessment

Length

Weighting

1

Internal assessment

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance
  • Recordings of both solo and ensemble performances (on CD/MD/MP3)
  • Scores, professional recordings or written commentary for both performances

 

30%

2

Internal assessment

Two compositions, One ‘free’ composition and one composition from a brief of 4 set briefs.

  • Recordings of both compositions/arrangements (on CD/MD/MP3)
  • Notated scores or written commentaries for both compositions/arrangements

 

30%

3

Written Examination (80 marks)

Knowledge and study of set works in the Areas of Study

  • Section A: 6 extended questions based on the set works, a music dictation exercise, 1 extended question on an unfamiliar set work.

played on a CD during the examination (68 marks)

  • Section B: One essay question comparing a set work with an unfamiliar piece.

writing (12 marks)

1 hour 45 mins

40%

 

Additional Information

Lunchtime Clubs:

Monday – GCSE Music Revision

Tuesday – Senior

Wednesday -  Glee club

Thursday – Orchestra (Lunchtime), GCSE Music Revision (After School)

Friday – Chamber Choir

Every year we put on a school musical with the Drama Department and this year we are doing Mary Poppins. We aim to run a Music Department tour every two years.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Encourage your daughter to listen to a broad and varied diet of musical compositions.

Encourage her to take up extra-curricular activities both in and out of school.

Encourage her to use music software to compose her own music.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Johnson – Head of Music and Teacher i/c House System

 

Key Stage 5

Music

Programme of Study

Students follow the Edexcel syllabus.

Specification number: 9MU0

Link to the specification website: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.html

 

Unit

Unit

Unit

Year 12

1. Performing Music  

2. Composing Music

3. Musical Understanding (Listening)

Year 13

4. Extended Performance

5. Composition & Technical Study  

6. Further Musical Understanding 

 

Accreditation Structure

 

Unit

Content

Mode of Assessment

Weighting

1

 

Performing Music               

 

5-6 minutes of music recorded to CD

15%

2

 

Composing Music               

 

One three minute composition

15%

3

 

Musical Understanding     

A study of set works taken from Edexcel’s own anthology

20%

4

 

Extended Performance

10-12 minutes of music recorded to CD

15%

5

 

Composition & Technical Study  

One composition & two pastiche exercises

 

15%

6

 

Further Musical Understanding 

Stylistic & comparative analysis of set works published by the board

20%

 

Additional Information

Lunchtime Clubs:

Monday – GCSE Music Revision

Tuesday – choir

Wednesday -  Glee Club

Thursday – Orchestra (Lunchtime), GCSE Music Revision (After School)

Friday – Chamber Choir

Every year we put on a school musical with the Drama Department and this year we are doing Mary Poppins. We aim to run a Music Department tour every two years.

How Parents/ Carers can help

Encourage your daughter to listen to a broad and varied diet of musical compositions.

Encourage her to take up extra-curricular activities both in and out of school.

Encourage her to use music software to compose her own music.

Encourage her to study the musical techniques of existing composers.

If you have any further questions about this course, to whom do I speak?

Miss Johnson – Acting Head of Music

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