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Music

 

There are three components to the Music GCSE course:

 

1.         LISTENING This part of the course aims to broaden listening skills by  including traditional and modern, classical and popular, and  music from different cultures.  Pupils will hopefully learn to make intelligent critical responses to them. The examination takes the form of one short paper lasting for 1 hour.

 

2.         PERFORMING  All pupils will be assessed in performance of some kind.  For those who can already play a musical instrument of any sort,or who can sing to a reasonable standard, this part of the course should prove to be very straightforward.  The assessment takes place internally.  It is essential that candidates undertake sustained rehearsal on their chosen instrument throughout the course.

 

3.         COMPOSING  A substantial percentage of all the examination is based on coursework.  The course will develop composing skills started in the lower school.  Pupils will be encouraged to follow their own ideas and to build on personal strengths.  The emphasis will be very much on individual practical assignments, and a folio of musical compositions will be presented for assessment at the end of the course.

 



The assessment structure is given below:

 

  • Two instrumental performances: 30% (internally moderated coursework)
  • Two compositions: 30% (internally moderated coursework)
  • Creative Task: 20% (practical task under exam conditions- externally marked)
Listening Paper: 20% (1 hour examination- externally assessed)

 


The GCSE course should attract any pupil who has an interest in music and will accommodate pupils of wide ranging abilities, from those with only basic, practical skills to those who are already accomplished musicians.

 


Music at Key Stage 3 Year 7

 

 

Key Topics/ learning:

  • Simple rhythm
  • Melody writing on the treble clef
  • Graphic score
  • Regular aural starter activities
  • Singing rounds
  • Simple structures- binary and ternary forms
  • Folk Music of the British Isles- Pentatonic Scales
  • Major and Minor scales
  • Descriptive composing- Halloween/ Fireworks

 

Assessments:

  • Aural Starters- 10 quick questions to test listening skills (3 during Autumn Term)
  • Composing skills relating to Halloween and Fireworks (October/November)
  • Performing skills- Singing and adding countermelodies to a class performance (September and January)
  • Contextual musical knowledge and creative thinking- ongoing assessment from lesson to lesson- evidential assessment from class discussion, peer and self-assessment tasks
  • ICT Skills- Dance EJay – December

 

Key dates:

  • Year 7 Exam- Theory and listening based skills

 

Revision resources

  • To be covered in class and resources sent home.
    • Specifically- notation and rhythmic values on the treble clef
    • Instruments of the orchestra- recognising
    • Elements of Music, e.g. tempo, pitch, dynamics
    • Recognising rhythms both on the score and by listening
    • Labelling the notes on a keyboard
    • Writing combinations of rhythms in simple time signatures

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

  • Work hard at playing all music rhythmically in lessons.
  • Listen to those around you and work hard to play musically in group work
  • Show good leadership skills in groups
  • Think creatively in composition tasks- what can you do differently to other musicians?
  • Make sure you know how to read the treble clef
  • Get involved in the life of the Music Department

 

 

 

Music at Key Stage 3 Year 8

Key Topics/ learning:

  • Chords- playing simple triads
  • Major and Minor chords and chord symbols
  • Jazz and Improvisation
    • Blues
    • Ragtime
    • Rock and Roll- walking bass line
  • Music for Dance
    • Waltz
    • Disco

Assessments:

  • Aural Starters- Listening tasks at start of sub-units to get contextual knowledge and general musicianship (throughout the Autumn Term)
  • Composing skills relating to 12 Bar Blues (October/November)
  • Performing skills- Play a 12 bar Blues in a group performance including chord structure, melody and jazz improvisation (September/October)
  • Contextual musical knowledge and creative thinking- ongoing assessment from lesson to lesson- evidential assessment from class discussion, peer and self-assessment tasks

Key dates:

  • Year 8 Exam- A practical examination testing ability to read a melody effectively from the treble clef. Also pupils will be expected to interpret simple chord symbols and play chords accurately on a keyboard (using the correct fingers from the right hand)

Revision resources

  • To be covered in class.
    • Pupils will have preparation time for practical tasks and opportunities to improve the grade dependent on time allowed.
    • Higher level tasks available as appropriate.

Subject advice and guidance:

  • Work hard at playing all music rhythmically in lessons.
  • Listen to those around you and work hard to play musically in group work
  • Show good leadership skills in groups
  • Think creatively in composition tasks- what can you do differently to other musicians?
  • Make sure you know how to read the treble clef
  • Make sure you can play simple chords correctly.
  • Get involved in the life of the Music Department.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performing Arts at Key Stage 3 Year 9

 

Key Topics/ learning:

  • Music skills including music technology, sequencing, editing, mixing and FX skills. Choral and ensemble work including dramatic impact in performance on stage.
  • Theatre production skills including stage design, lighting and sound.
  • Drama skills including physical theatre, melodrama and musical theatre.
  • In term 2 pupils will specialize in a chosen pathway selected from: Music Performance Skills, Acting Skills, Dance Skills and Production Skills for Performance.

 

Assessments:

 

Term 1:

  • Drama Module
  • Music Module
  • Production Module
  • Research document on the Performing Arts Industry

Term  2 and 3:

  • Performance diaries
  • Individual showcase projects
  • Personalised curriculum projects within chosen study pathway

 

Key dates:

  • Performance Weeks:
    • Dress rehearsal and Performance week- Monday 28th April-Friday 2nd May

 

Revision resources

  • Pupil work to be marked along BTEC lines as Pass, Merit, Distinction and equated to NC levels accordingly for Year 9 reports.

 

Subject advice

and guidance:

  • Work hard at performing with confidence in lessons
  • Show good leadership skills where possible
  • Work hard at your chosen pathway in Drama, Music or Production skills
  • Concentrate  on learning the technical skills relating to your pathway of study
  • Be a good creative learner at all times.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


If you would like further details about this course please see MR Tapley or email: a.tapley@endon.staffs.sch.uk


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