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‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ – Hans Christian Andersen

 Introduction

“My name is Alex Shameti and I am a student ambassador for music. Music is something that I love; I put a lot of hard work into it. We Will Rock You was the first musical I’ve been in and now I’m auditioning for the main part in the next musical Annie. In the future, I would like to pursue music and work as a musician.”

KS3 Music

What will I study?

The theme for Year 7 is ‘Becoming a Musician’ where students explore the musical elements and reading staff notation through a composing for/performing on various instruments. There are many performance units where students can explore pitch and rhythm using voice and percussion, reading music whilst performing piano pieces and understanding chords when performing on guitar and pop music.

The theme in Year 8 is ‘Musical Styles and Cultures’ where they build upon prior knowledge and study music from various eras and cultures including samba, reggae and the blues. As well as performing and improvising, these units include listening activities which prepare students for GCSE. Students develop their compositional skills through composing for cartoons in Year 7 and films in Year 8.

How will I be assessed?

Each topic is assessed in music with twelve formal assessments in total at KS3. Students complete a baseline test when they arrive and throughout the two years they are assessed on performance, composing and listening/appraising.

How can I stretch my learning?

There are lots of extra-curricular opportunities available for all students including choir, samba band, woodwind group, string group, brass group and music technology club. Following the success of our production We Will Rock You and other concerts including the ‘Showcase’, we hope to continue to give students as many opportunities to perform as possible.

Useful links

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm

http://www.musictheory.net

GCSE Music

‘Where words fail, music speaks.’ – Hans Christian Andersen

Introduction

“My name is Louise Boult and I am a GCSE music student. I am a singer and had a main role in We Will Rock You and I also performed in the ‘Showcase’. We are currently studying serialism and minimalism. I would enjoy carrying on with performing arts in the future as it is something that I am very passionate about.”

What will I study?

Year 9 and 10 will follow the WJEC specification and Year 11 the Edexcel specification. Both exam boards require students to develop performance skills on a solo instrument of choice and within an ensemble. They also require students to compose two pieces of music using Sibelius notation software or Cubase sequencing software. Both exam boards require students to analyse set works of music from four areas of study.

The areas of study for Year 9 and 10 (WJEC) are:

  • AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices
  • AOS2 – Music for Ensemble
  • AOS3 – Film Music
  • AOS4 – Popular Music

The areas of study for Year 11 (Edexcel) are:

  • AOS1 – Western Classical Music
  • AOS2 – Music in the 20th Century
  • AOS3 – Popular Music
  • AOS4 – World Music

How will I be assessed?

For both exam boards, GCSE Music is divided into three strands: composing, performing and listening.

Performing

Students have two assessed performances (30% of the overall GCSE grade) on their solo instrument and one as an ensemble.

Composing

Students compose two pieces of music (30% of the overall GCSE grade) based on genres of different areas of study. For Years 9 and 10, one is a free composition and one is set to a brief by WJEC.

Listening/Appraising

In Year 11, students undertake a listening exam (40% of the overall GCSE grade) and are given excerpts of different set works from the areas of study which are covered throughout the course.

How can I stretch my learning?

GCSE students are encouraged to take part in as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible.  At KS4, students also receive free instrumental lessons which are delivered by our peripatetic teachers on a range of instruments. There are also opportunities to gain extra qualifications during music theory club and music technology club using the ‘Rock College’ syllabus.

Useful links

Year 9/10 specification:

http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/music/music-gcse/

Year 11 specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Music/2009/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/GCSE_Music_Spec_2012.pdf

Useful revision links:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm

https://www.cgpbooks.co.uk/

Miss L Pennington

Curriculum Leader – Performance Arts

lpennington@shuttleworth.lancs.sch.uk

01282 682300