Music

Welcome

All pupils study Music at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and have the opportunity to continue it at GCSE.

We have a thriving extra-curricular life in the department with the following lunch time groups:

Band (for brass, woodwind, strings, percussion/drum kit, ukuleles and guitars)

Jazz Rock Band (for electric guitars, bass guitar, drum kit/percussion, piano/keyboards, brass and woodwind from around Grade 4 standard and above)

Pop Rock Choir (for anyone who enjoys singing – no audit ion required!)

 

Year 7

Introduction to the Ukulele

Find Your Voice

African Drumming and Gospel Music

Year 8

Folk Music

Blues

Music and War

Musical Futures Classroom Workshopping

Pop Song Performance

Year 9

Musical Futures Classroom Workshopping

Film Music

Beatles

Song Writing

Reggae

KS3 Information

At Key Stage 3 pupils are taught in their form groups and receive one lesson of Music every week. They study the various topics below, incorporating performing, composing, listening and appraising. Activities vary from whole class work (such as a class performance) and smaller group work to paired and individual work.

KS4 Information

GCSE Music

1.    Listening to & Appraising Music        20% of final marks

1 hour test taken at the end of Year 11 related to areas of study:

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Texture and Melody
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure and Form

2.    Composing and Appraising Music        20% of final marks

  • Pupils will compose one piece of music and must choose two or more of the five Areas of Study, with link to one of the three strands of learning which will be specified annually by AQA
  • Candidates will then appraise the process of composition and the outcome.

3.    Performing Music                40% of final marks

  • 2 performances: one solo; one as part of a group

4.    Composing Music                20% of final marks

  • One composition which explores two or more of the five Areas of Study

Next Steps

Progression to AS Level Music or Music Technology or Diploma in Creative Arts

Extra-Curricular Groups

There are several music groups that meet once a week to rehearse for concerts at Christmas and in the summer term

 

 

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