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Music

Curriculum Overview

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:

Eduqas GCSE Music

The Eduqas 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 Eduqas 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, with set works included in the study of areas 1 and 4.

The areas of study are:

Musical Forms and Devices

  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Popular Music

The two set works to learn are: Badinerie (final movement) by J S Bach and Africa by Toto (released in 1982). 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 and additional extra-curricular music groups are available.

Useful Websites

www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music-gcse/

www.musictheoryvideos.com