Our Sixth Form open evening is on Thursday 7th November.

Music

In KS3 Music we study the following

  • understanding basic notation
  • composing and performing music
  • listening skills
  • singing
  • working as an Ensemble
  • discovering music from around the world (Indian music, blues, samba drumming)
  • discovering music for different occasions (fanfares, TV and film music, protest songs)
  • studying music from different genres (western classical, pop, folk etc)
  • appraising music using specialist vocabulary

Assessment

  • teacher feedback is on-going in lessons and written feedback in books
  • peer-assessment by listening to performances, or reading appraisals
  • self-assessment, making judgements about our own progress and showing an understanding of the grading criteria, we also use these criteria to set ourselves challenging targets

Learning beyond the classroom

  • completing homework which is set to encourage extended learning and to put classwork into context
  • joining extra-curricular ensembles such as the choir and bands
  • listening to a wide variety of music, a fantastic way to learn about different eras and cultures
  • using the school Learning Resource Centre and the local library

Teacher of KS3 music

  • Mrs L Dickson – Head of Music
  • Mr O Pierce-Williams –  Head of Year 7

In KS4 Music we study the following topics

  • music in the western classical tradition
  • popular music of the 20th & 21st centuries
  • world Music
  • developing solo performance skills
  • ensemble performance skills
  • composition skills
  • listening to music critically

Assessment

GCSE Course (Exam Board AQA)

  • Unit 1 (listening) is assessed by a formal exam in the summer
  • Unit 2 (composition) is assessed externally
  • Unit 3 (performing) and Unit 4 (composition) are assessed internally by subject staff
  • on-going commitment to regular feedback through teacher assessment, as well as peer and self-assessment

Learning beyond the classroom

  • listening to a broad range of music – this will not only help in the listening exam, but will also be useful when composing as it will develop our musical vocabulary
  • home learning tasks are given to prepare students for the controlled coursework elements of the course
  • taking part in extra-curricular ensembles of which there are lots of opportunities, and music-making can not only lead to opportunities for the performance exam, but will also develop musicality and the ability to hear music critically

Teachers of KS4 music

  • Mrs L Dickson – Head of Music
  • Mr O Pierce-Williams – Teacher of Music and Head of Year 7

In KS5 Music we study the following

AS level Area of Study

  • Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910
  • Baroque: the solo concerto & Classical: the operas of Mozart
  • Music for Theatre

AS and A2

  • performance skills
  • advanced composition skills
  • listening to music critically
  • how to write a musical essay

A2

  • Chamber music from Mendelssohn to Debussy
  • Shostakovich Symphony No. 5

BTEC

  • For information on our BTEC courses, please click here.

Assessment

We follow the AQA exam board specification

  • listening paper exams MUSC1 (AS) and MUSC4 (A2) with essay questions sat in the summer term
  • externally assessed composition coursework units, MUSC2 (AS) and MUSC5 (A2)
  • assessment of performance units, MUSC3 (AS) is internally assessed, MUSC6 (A2) externally assessed
  • on-going regular feedback through teacher assessment, as well as peer and self-assessment

Learning beyond the Classroom

  • listening to a broad range of music  – this will not only help in the listening exam, but will also be useful when composing as it will develops musical vocabulary
  • home learning tasks are given to prepare students for the controlled coursework elements of the course
  • taking part in the number of extra-curricular ensembles available, and music-making which not only leads to opportunities for the performance exam, but will also develop musicality and the ability to hear music critically
  • seeking as many playing opportunities as possible outside of school – this especially helps those wishing to take their music studies further

Teachers of KS5 Music

  • Mrs L Dickson – Head of Music
  • Mr O Pierce-Williams – Teacher of Music and Head of Year 7