MUSIC

Key Stage 3

Students study either Music or Drama for one hour per week.

Year 7

 

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning, that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing.

 

Students study the following units in year 7:

 

Unit 1:  Night and Day (understanding the musical elements and the use of them in pieces associated with night and day).

Unit 2:  Rhythm and Pulse (learning note values and how rhythms are notated).

Unit 3:  Instruments of the Orchestra (recognising and describing the different orchestral families and the instruments within them).

 

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

 

Year 8

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing.

 

The following units are studied in year 8:

 

Unit 1:  African Music (exploring the rhythms, instruments and contexts of African Music).

Unit 2:  Offbeat (exploring music of the Caribbean and the use of syncopation in Reggae and Calypso).

Unit 3:  Jazz Improvisation (understanding blues and jazz music and the techniques used).

 

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

 

Key Stage 4

Students study over two years either of the following qualifications:

  • BTEC Technical Award in Music Practice 

  • BTEC First Award in Music

 

BTEC Technical Award in Music Practice

This is for learners who want to acquire technical knowledge and technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring and developing their musical skills and techniques, and by responding to a music industry brief as part of their Key Stage 4 learning. The qualification recognises the value of learning skills, knowledge and vocational attributes to complement GCSEs. The qualification will broaden the learners experience and understanding of the varied progression options available to them.

 

The Award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific knowledge and skills in a practical learning environment. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which cover the:

•development of key skills that prove Learners’ aptitude in music such as responding to a musical brief using musical skills and techniques

•processes that underpin effective ways of working in the music industry, such as the development of musical ideas, and using skills and techniques for rehearsal and performance to respond to a music industry brief

•attitudes that are considered most important in the music industry,including personal management and communication

•knowledge that underpins effective use of skills, processes and attitudes in the sector such as musical skills and styles.

BTEC First Award in Music

 

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

 

Students follow the following units all equal to 30 guided learning hours:

 

Unit 1: The Music Industry

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

Unit 4: introducing music composition

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

 

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

All pupils studying BTEC Music from Year 10 are provided with instrumental or vocal lessons free of charge.  It is mandatory that they attend these 30 minute lessons every week and practice at least 4 times a week.

Music - Extra-Curricular Activities

Music  - Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

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