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Music helps students develop the skills, attitudes and attributes that can support learning in other subject areas and which are needed for employment and life.

Music can be a focus for guiding creativity and aesthetic sensitivity in many aspects of our daily lives as well as helping develop listening skills, concentration, intuition and perseverance. Music can also help build self-confidence and sensitivity towards others. Music can also help build self-confidence and sensitivity towards others.

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students will cover a wide range of topics which will include individual/paired and group performances and complete creative compositions. Students regularly perform to audiences, which at first mainly include their own peer group. Whilst they find this quite daunting at first by the end of Key Stage 3 they are performing with confidence and enjoyment.

Some examples of projects are:

Year 7

Mamma Mia by ABBA Play/Sing confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts.

Composing using given Stimuli Create, extend and develop musical ideas.

Form and Structure Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

Prince of Bel Air – Hip Hop/Rap Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

Musical Cliches Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively.

Theme and Variations Develop a deeper understanding of the music performed and listened to and its history.

Charanga Music World Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from composers and musicians.

Year 8

  • Performing with Chords. Fur Elise by Beethovan
  • Music Ace 2 Session 4 Sharps and Flats
  • Blues and Jazz
  • Charanga
  • Structure through Mixcraft
  • Daydream Music Structure
  • Adele/Rugrats
  • Music Ace 2 Session 3 Note names
  • Pachelbels Canon Arrangement
  • Music Ace 2 Session 24 Harmony

Year 9

Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising in topics such as;

  • Alice DeeJay
  • Technology in Music
  • Charanga

Key Stage 4

Whilst the Music GCSE is open to all pupils, it is advisable to take lessons and have an instrument at home available for practice. Instruments studied range from traditional orchestral (Flute, Trumpet etc.) to more modern instruments such as Keyboard, Electric Guitar as well as Voice. Pupils will follow the AQA music course, which is mainly a creative, practical (70%) based GCSE.

There are four main components in the Music GCSE course

1. Listening and Appraising – Externally assessed – 1 hour duration – worth 20% of the marks

Questions will be based on listening skills on the following Areas of Study;

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

2. Composing (10%) and Appraising Music (10%) – 20 hours of supervised time – worth 20% of the marks
A. a composition (announced annually) based on one of the following; Western Classical, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, World Music
B. a written appraisal of the process of composition and the final outcome.

3. Performing Music – worth 40% of the marks
Solo Performing/Technology based Performance/Group Performance to include two pieces lasting no longer than 10 minutes.

4. Composing Music – 25 hours of controlled assessment worth 20% of the marks
A composition which explores at least two of the first Areas of Study.

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