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Music

Faculty Leader: Mrs J Gray

Subject Teachers: Mrs S Cosgrove, Ms M Crocker

Famous Quote

Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand Stevie Wonder

Overall Purpose of the Subject - Summary:

Music is often mistaken as something we simply listen to, however music provides an all-encompassing experience, invigorating and enticing all of the senses at once.  Learning to play music is the only activity known to stimulate and utilize every part of your brain at once.  ‘Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity’ (National Curriculum).  Music education makes it possible to engage and inspire children to develop a love of music from all cultures and traditions, as well as their own musical skills.   

As a subject, Music teaches children about the world around us, and the traditions of different cultures and societies; as well as places and times.  It also reveals where the music they listen to and love comes from and how it was created. By learning to perform individually and in groups it helps to increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement, as well as increasing their cooperation, concentration and communication skills.  As students progress, they should develop a critical engagement with Music, enabling students to perform, compose and listen with discrimination to wide range of musical cultures, genres and traditions from a large variety of great composers.


Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 3

Music at Key Stage 3 is taught as one lesson per week.  During that 50 minutes, students will engage with Music both practically and theoretically, developing a range of musical skills, knowledge and techniques that will prepare students for KS4 and beyond and will also develop valuable skills to support them in all other curriculum areas.  Students are taught practical performance and composition skills, music theory and listening and analysis of music from great composers. 

Year 7 introduces students to the key devices and processes used in Music making and creating, encouraging students to think outside the box and develop an understanding of music from different periods and cultures worldwide.  We do this through looking at Minimalism and keyboard skills, Patterns and Purpose in Music, and Folk music from around the world. 

Year 8 builds on the knowledge and skills formed in year 7, and introduces music from great composers around the world such as Beethoven and his work on the The Concerto, developing understanding of music for purpose and melody writing through Popular Song, and looks at the cultural emergence from African Music to Blues.  This last unit links directly with History studying the slave trade.

Year 9 looks more closely at developing the processes for successful music making, including composition of Film Music and the use of Music Technology in film, World Music from South America - Samba and Indian classical music, and understanding, performing and creating popular music.

 

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4 2015-2917 (Yr.11)   Exam Board: OCR

Students have three lessons a week at Key Stage 4, with an additional period 7 optional, as and when intervention is required.  During GCSE Music, students will undertake assessments in four separate units, whilst engaging with four Areas of Study. 

Unit 1: Integrated Task - Area of Study 1: the focus for this unit allows students to study their instrument, performing and composing for their instrument in a style of their choice. 

Unit 2: Practical Portfolio - Area of Study 2 (3 or 4): the focus for this unit is musical relationships and roles, looking specifically at shared music, recording an ensemble performance showing understanding of how parts work together.  Also, producing one composition based on their own brief relating to Areas of Study 2, 3 or 4. 

Unit 3: Creative Task: this is a short exam based composition, in which students have 45 minutes to compose and present (record) a piece of music based on an idea, called a stimuli, which is set by OCR.  There is a range of stimuli to choose from according to what suits the student best. 

Unit 4: Listening Test: this is a written exam in which students will listen to extracts of music and answer questions about them.  The questions are based on what students will learn in Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4. 

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4 (2015-2017)

Unit 1: Integrated Task is worth 30% of the GCSE, assessed and moderated using:

  • 1 performance worth 15%
  • 1 composition worth 10% 
  • 1 written commentary worth 5%

Unit 2: Practical Portfolio is worth 30% of the GCSE, assessed and moderated using:

  • 1 ensemble performance worth 15%
  • 1 composition worth 10%
  • 1 written log and evaluation worth 5%

Unit 3: Creative Task is worth 15 % of the GCSE, assessed and moderated by examiners using:

  • 1 composition worth 20%

Unit 4: Listening Test is worth 20% of the GCSE, assessed externally by examiners.

In all four units students will need to demonstrate their ability through:

  • Solo and ensemble performances
  • Improvising and composing in a variety of styles, genres and traditions
  • Understanding and use of tradition notation and music technology
  • Listening and analysing a variety of music from great composers
  • Working collaboratively to achieve a shared musical intention

Course Outline and Structure - Key Stage 4 2016-2018 (Yr 10) (9-1) 

Exam Board: OCR

Students have three lessons a week at Key Stage 4, with an additional period 7 optional, as and when intervention is required.  During GCSE Music, students will undertake assessments in three separate units, whilst engaging with five Areas of Study. 

Unit 1: Integrated Portfolio - Area of Study 1: the focus for this unit allows students to study their instrument, performing and composing for their instrument in a style of their choice. 

Unit 2: Practical Component: the focus for this unit is to explore and develop understanding of ensemble awareness, and composing using a given stimulus, and based on area of study 2, 3, 4 or 5. 

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising: this is a written exam in which students will listen to extracts of music and answer questions about them.  The questions are based on what students will learn in Areas of Study 2, 3, 4 and 5. 

Assessment Method - Key Stage 4 (2016-2018 9-1)

Unit 1: Integrated Portfolio is worth 30% of the GCSE, assessed and moderated using:

  • 1 performance worth 15%
  • 1 composition worth 15% 

Unit 2: Practical Component is worth 30% of the GCSE, assessed and moderated using:

  • 1 ensemble performance worth 15%
  • 1 composition based on stimulus worth 15%

Unit 3: Listening Test is worth 40% of the GCSE, assessed externally by examiners.

In all three units students will need to demonstrate their ability through:

  • Solo and ensemble performances 
  • Improvising and composing in a variety of styles, genres and traditions 
  • Understanding and use of tradition notation and music technology 
  • Listening and analysing a variety of music from great composers  
  • Working collaboratively to achieve a shared musical intention

Extra-Curricular Activities / Clubs:

The music department is passionate about involving students in extra-curricular music making.  We have a variety of clubs and groups including:

  • Mixcraft Club (a Music Technology club)
  • Vox (a vocal group/choir)
  • A Cappella vocal group
  • String Ensemble
  • Band (ensemble made up of all instruments available)
  • Rock School (a modern rock group set up teaching the basics of how to start a band)
  • Ukulele Club
  • Theory Club

We also have a range of peripatetic teachers available to teach instrumental lessons in Steel Pans, Drums, Guitar, Voice, Piano, Woodwind, Strings & Brass. 

As a department we produce two main concerts a year: Christmas and Summer, as well as being heavily involved in the musical side of school productions, this years production, still to be announced, will be using vocal rehearsals and a ‘pit band’  will be formed closer to the time of production.    

Key Website to Support Learning / Useful Resources:    

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum Map Yr 7 Music 19th Sep 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Yr 8 Music 19th Sep 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Yr 9 Music 19th Sep 2019 Download
Curriculum Map Yr 10 Music 19th Sep 2019 Download