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· To inspire students to embrace the music around them in their everyday lives.
· To encourage pupils to explore the international language of music and appreciate all genres of music
· To provide a rich and varied learning experience through the practical act of making music.
Miss D Brown- Lead Teacher of Music
Mr L Chamberlain- Teacher of Music
Overview of KS3 Music
Students at Key Stage 3 will explore music through the use of instruments, technology and their voice. They will venture into the world of performance and create music in a variety of styles using a variety of methods. Students will study a rich curriculum of music from around the world, popular music, film music, instrumental music, classical music, jazz and blues and many more. All students in KS3 are also invited to take part in our varied and enriching extracurricular activities.
Overview of KS4 Music
GCSE: Exam Board: Edexcel
There are 3 main elements of the GCSE Music course:
Unit 1: Performance- 1 solo performance and 1 ensemble performance recorded as coursework worth 30% of the course.
Unit 2: Composition- Compose 2 pieces of music based on an area of study as part of a controlled assessment worth 30% of the course.
Unit 3: Listening and Appraising- a 90 minute listening exam based on set studies covered throughout the course worth 40% of the course.
BTEC Music and Music Technology
There are 4 units on this course that cover a variety of music technology skills that total 120 credits.
Unit 1: The Music Industry- a written exam worth 30 credits.
Unit 2: Making and managing a music product- compulsory coursework unit worth 30 credits.
Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound- optional coursework unit worth 30 credits.
Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing- optional coursework unit worth 30 credits.
Overview of KS5 Music
A Level music: Exam Board: Edexcel
There are 6 units for this course spread across the 2 years. Units 1-3 are completed in year 12 and units 4-6 in year 13.
Unit 1: Performing Music- perform a 5- 7 minute recital as coursework worth 30% of AS grade.
Unit 2: Composing Music- Compose a piece of music based on a given brief with a sleeve note as part of a controlled assessment - 30% of AS grade.
Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding- a 2 hour listening exam based on set works explored throughout the course, recognising chords and harmonisation of a melody.
Unit 4: Extended Performance- Perform a 12- 15 minute recital as coursework worth 30% of the course.
Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study- Compose a piece of music based on a given brief and complete 1 technical study from a choice of bach choral, string trio or pop song.
Unit 6:Further Musical Understanding- 2 hour listening exambased on set works explored throughout the course.