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Music

Students work collaboratively to develop Performance, Composing and Listening Skills, with a focus on the elements of music.

Key Stage 3 Music

Throughout Year 7-9 students gain insight into how music is created, performed and understood through a range of activities comprising of practical music making, music technology alongside traditional musical theory practice.

An awareness of music from other cultures enhances students’ understanding of musical techniques and practices and enables the dissection and comprehension of music in preparation for Key Stage 4 study.

Students are given the opportunity to showcase performances within creative media projects throughout the year.

Key Stage 4 Music:

Edexcel GCSE Music

The Edexcel GCSE Music qualification has been designed to give all students the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills of music whatever their previous experience. The qualification supports and encourages students coming from Key Stage 3 to want to progress to GCSE Music and beyond.

Students will draw on their experience from Key Stage 3 in order to perform, compose and appraise music at a higher level.

Qualification structure

Unit 1: Performance

Students will perform solo and as part of an ensemble on their chosen instrument, the recording of which will take place in their final year of study. Performance techniques will be researched and rehearsed throughout the GCSE.

Unit 2: Composition

Students will complete two compositions. The first composition, completed in Year 10 is a free choice meaning students can relate it to one of the four areas of study or choose to explore different stimuli. The second composition is set to a brief released by Edexcel during the final year of study, students will have the choice of four briefs each relating to a different area of study.

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Students will explore four areas of study, each comprising of two set works.

The areas of study are:

· Instrumental Music 1700-1820

· Vocal Music

· Music for Stage and Screen

· Fusions

The set works which were newly selected in 2016 aim to supply a wide knowledge base of music whilst also consisting of songs which students will find enjoyable to study such as the ‘Star Wars Main Title Theme’ and Queen’s ‘Killer Queen’.

Each set work will be studied in depth in preparation for a listening and appraising exam which will take place at the end of the GCSE

Extended learning

Peripatetic instrumental lessons are available.