Learning & Achieving Together

Music

Our aim is to be a centre of excellence for music, promoting and supporting creativity, innovation and high standards of achievement. The facilities and courses available at the school provide each student with learning and teaching opportunities which are built around their own individual needs and aspirations. Through the music technology facilities, recording studio, and numerous performance venues, we aim to provide opportunities for students and other stakeholders to enjoy and appreciate music not only in classroom scenarios but in workshops, high standard instrumental tuition and performances by visiting professionals.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Instruments of the orchestra
  • Rhythm and pulse
  • Folk tradition
  • Gamelan
  • Latin beat
  • Planets

Year 8

  • Rhythm and notation
  • Scales and chords
  • Jazz and improvisation
  • Film music
  • Reggae
  • Going solo

Year 9

  • Ground bass
  • Fusion
  • African drumming
  • Pop song / arrangement
  • Minimalism

Key Stage 4

This course leads to a GCSE in Music. The main focus is to develop students' aural skills through the study of 8 set works from throughout music history, as well as developing high quality performance and composition skills.

Year 10

  • S. Schwartz: 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked
  • J. Williams: Main Title / Rebel Blockade Runner from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope
  • Afro-Celt Sound System: Release
  • Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio

Year 11

  • Queen: Killer Queen
  • H. Purcell: Music For A While
  • J. S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto No. 5 in D Major
  • L. V. Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata No. 3 in C Minor

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

The two year GCSE course is assessed through:

  • Coursework: Unit 1:  Performance: one solo and one ensemble performance (30% internally assessed)
  • Coursework: Unit 2: Composition: two compositions or two arrangements or one composition and one arrangement (30% internally assessed)
  • Written examination: Unit 3: Listening and Appraising: 1hour 30 minutes (40% externally assessed)

Key Stage 5

AS and A2 Music

  • At AS level students study instrumental and vocal music.
  • At A2 students continue to study instrumental music and also study applied music.

AS and A2 Music Technology

  • At AS students concentrate on the principles and practice of music technology.
  • At A2 they focus on the development of technology-based music.

Assessment and Examinations (Edexcel)

AS Music

  • Unit 1: Performing: 5/6 minutes performance recital (solo or ensemble) (30% AS, 15% A2)
  • Unit 2: Composing: 3 minutes composition based on an examination board published brief (30% AS, 15% A2)
  • Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding: 2 hour written examination on set works (40% AS, 20% A2)

A2 Music

  • Unit 4: Extended Performance recital (12-15 minutes) (30% AS, 15% A2)
  • Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (30% AS, 15% A2)
  • Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding: 2 hour written examination (40% AS, 20% A2)

AS Music Technology

  • Unit 1: Portfolio: 3 practical recording studio projects (70%)
  • Unit 2: Listening and Analysis examination (30%)

A2 Music Technology

  • Unit 3: Portfolio: 3 advanced practical recording studio projects (60%)
  • Unit 4: Analysing & Producing: 2 hour written examination (40%)

Extra Curricular Opportunities

Extra curricular opportunities are extensive and include:

  • theatre visits
  • trips to concerts
  • specialist workshops
  • specialist instrumental lessons with professional musicians
  • instrumental ensembles
  • performing in concerts
  • performing in the school production (musical)
  • music industry work placements