Music offers all students opportunities to experience the use of sound as an expressive medium in performing, singing, improvising, composing and listening. Music is a subject in which all students participate in order to develop their skills and enthusiasm to their full potential as a result of active involvement in performing, composing and listening.
Years 7 - 9
In accordance with National Curriculum requirements all students will have opportunities for composing, performing, listening and appraising. Lessons are organised to offer practical work in these areas, supported by theoretical work to increase understanding. Topics cover a wide variety of musical styles including modules on:
Year 7: instruments, notation, tango and gamelan.
Year 8: blues, hooks, riffs, samba, keyboards.
Year 9: classical, rock, hiphop.
Students work individually, in pairs and in larger groups as appropriate, solving problems, communicating ideas and performing their work.
All topics include literacy and numeracy.
Years 10 - 11
The Edexcel 2012 Syllabus is currently followed at GCSE. There are three course components:
- Performing (controlled assignment) - 30%
- Composition (controlled assignment) - 30%
- Listening and appraising (written examination paper). Based on 12 set works - 40%
These are approached through areas of study:
- Structure in western classical music 1600 - 1899
- Changing directions in western cassical music from 1900
- Popular song in context
- Indian raga, African music and fusions
The final exam consists of 8 listening questions and an essay question. Students must be able to play an instrument well or sing to a high standard before they begin GCSE music.
We currently follow the Edexcel syllabus for AS and A Level music. There are three course components for both AS level and A level music:
- A six minute performance at grade 5 standard or above (controlled assignment) - 30%
- One composition (controlled assignment) - 30%
- Listening and appraising (written examination paper) - based on ten set works. This exam includes listening questions, essay questions, an analysis exercise and a harmony exercise
- A thirteen minute performance at grade 6 standard or above (controlled assignment) - 30%
- One composition (controlled assignment) and one technical study (3 hour controlled assignment) - 30%
- Listening and appraising (written examination paper) - based on twelve set works. This exam includes listening questions on unknown pieces, and several essay questions based on the set works
There are a number of music clubs and activities available to students, both at lunchtime and after school. These are open to students of all abilities but there will be some groups where students are required to play an instrument before joining. Please see a member of staff from the Music department for more information.