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Key Stage 3

 

 

 

 

What do students study and in what order?

During Year 7 and Year 8, students will be expected to compose and perform either individually, in pairs and in small groups. They will begin Year 7 by rehearsing songs for the September Surprise concert. They will then move onto learning basic keyboard skills which they will then apply to their group work activities later in the year. Students will have the opportunity to perform using a range of classroom instruments such as ukuleles and percussion as well as singing. Towards the end of Year 7 they will be introduced to Cubase software and will learn music technology and composition skills which will be developed further in Year 8 along with their practical performance skills.

How are students assessed?

Students will be assessed at regular intervals through group performance and individual teacher assessments. They will also be given the opportunity to peer and self-assess.

How can parents best support their child?

Parents can support their child by encouraging them to take part in extra-curricular activities, learning song words and practicing instrumental skills at home where possible.

 

Key Stage 4

 

 

 

What topics do students study and in what order?

Our Key Stage 4 courses run over two years. In the first two terms students will be given time to develop their skills through a range of exercises and activities designed to prepare them for both the practical and written elements of their chosen courses. From the summer term onwards, students will be working on coursework portfolios and exam preparation.

What exam board do we follow?

We follow AQA GCSE Music and Edexcel BTEC First Award in Music.

How are students assessed?

GCSE Music is assessed by 40% written exam, 30% performance and 30% composition.

BTEC Music comprises of four units. The Music Industry, Planning and Music Event, Composition and Performance.

How can parents best support their child?

Parents can support their children by encouraging them to practice their instrument daily and to keep up to date with homework and revision. Parents can also support their child in a wider sense by exposing them to and discussing a wide variety of both recorded and live music wherever possible.

KS5

What do students study and in what order?

Students study either AS Music as a one-year course or A level Music over two years. In Y12 students will study baroque music and jazz and in Year 13 will study 19th century piano music and musicals. Running through both years will be four part harmony, composition and performance work.

What exam board do we follow?

We follow the AQA specification for A level Music.

How are students assessed?

The course is broken down into 40% written exam, 30% performance and 30% composition.

How can parents best support their child?

As with GCSE parents can support their child by encouraging regular practice on their chosen instrument. At A level it is very importnant that students engage in wider reading around the topics for the written exam and experience a wide range of recorded and live music performance.

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