What is the Department Vision?
Rossett Music department aims to offer a variety of engaging, inspiring activities where most pupils are able to achieve success and enjoyment.
It also offers a range of extra curricular ensembles and choirs that every child is encouraged to be part of should they wish to. There’s a comprehensive calendar of performance opportunities in our concerts; school show and music tour that runs in addition to the curriculum time.
Instrumental tuition is also offered and run by our in house instrumental tutors where enjoyment progress and achievement are the focus. All pupils are offered the chance to start or continue to learn an instrument.
Many pupils go on to pursue Music beyond school and have valued the creative opportunity offered by these different aspects of the subject.
What will my child be studying?
You child will be studying a variety of different topics in the one hour a week lesson. Though these topics may vary from year to year they all offer creative composition and performance skills using a variety of resources; keyboards, classroom instruments, tuned percussion, voices, ipads and Cubase software.
The tasks offer a range of opportunities for working individually, in pairs or in small groups.
What equipment will my child need?
Your child will need basic equipment, something to write with and record homework on/ in.
If they play an instrument there will be topics where they can use it so they will be encouraged to bring it in for the lesson.
They will need an edmodo account. This is used by the department as a platform for sharing lesson resources, marking, giving feedback and setting homework tasks.
How can I support my child through KS3 Music?
You can encourage your child to do their homework to the best of their ability as it will be assessed. There is an option for a Parent to have access to the account too.
If your child has instrumental lessons then you can encourage them to practice and involve themselves as much as possible in the activities being run at school.
How will my child be assessed in KS3 Music?
Your child will be assessed using national Curriculum levels as part of each topic, using the marking criteria which will be discussed in lessons and shared on edmodo.
KS4 Music GCSE.
The course that is taught is the AQA GCSE.
The link to the full specification is http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270
There are 4 Units of work covering listening,(20%) composing(40%) and performing (40%).
The listening component is examined with a formal written paper 1hour 30 mins in length.
Composing and performing are delivered as coursework.
Pupils would benefit from an interest in listening to music of a variety of styles and if possible going to live concerts. They should be enthusiastic about being involved in music ensembles and performances.
The following website is quite comprehensive and covers some basic key words and concepts.
They will need to be able to perform on an instrument or sing. Tuition on their instrument is subsidised for lessons at school.
You can support your child with good communication and once again an overview of the edmodo tasks that will be the main method for homework and feedback. Their composition work will be uploaded onto this account so you will be able to listen to their pieces.
Edexcel Music Technology
Unit1. Understanding Music 30%
- Set work.
- Unit 2 Composing. 30%
- Controlling texture.
- Unit 3 Performance 40%
We also try and run for the student ABRSM Class after school for Grade 5 Theory.
This course comprises a coursework portfolio and a written exam.
At AS it’s a 70%/30% split and at A2 60%/ 40%.
The coursework is completed in 60 hours of controlled time.
The course covers the techniques used in recording and producing music. This includes recording live instruments and using Logic and Cubase. The course also focuses on the development of popular music and how recording technologies have changed over time.
www.soundonsound.com . Is a useful website.
Your child will need a good quality pair of headphones and you can support them by encouraging wider listening to a broad range of styles.
Work will be assessed and feedback given using Edmodo. All coursework and examinations are externally marked.