Music

Year 7
Year 8
Key Stage 4

What will my child learn about in Music this year?

Discovery

Students will discover the elements of music through performance, listening and analysing. Students will perform as part of a class ensemble and develop their ability to control the elements of music to add expression to their performances

Celebration

Students will explore the celebratory rhythms of African and Latin cultures. Students will develop their performance skills through participating in percussion pieces and develop their understanding of the cultures that use these rhythms.

Creativity

Students will explore how leitmotifs are used in classical music, specifically Mussorgsky’s Pictures at on Exhibition. Students will then use this knowledge to create their own leitmotifs

Balance

Students will explore the use of the Garageband app by creating a remix of the song 'Rather Be' by Clean Bandit. Students will be encouraged to use functions such as Automation, Quantisation and the FX channel.

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set a homework which reinforces learning on a regular basis. This will include:

  • Learning key vocabulary
  • Listening to relevant music in order to inform future discussion based learning.
  • Revision homework: this is a vital form of homework in preparation for listening assessments.
  • Rehearsal homework: This is crucial to the success of the practical work pupils do. They will be expected to use the music facilities during lunchtimes in order that their performances in lessons are thoroughly prepared.

How will my child be assessed in Music this year?

Students will be assessed primarily through their ability to perform and compose music. There will be one formal assessment task per unit. Students will also be assessed through their ability to appraise their own and others’ work, and reflect on their learning to develop their skills further.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

An encouraging atmosphere is very important in order to develop a child’s musical ability. You can extend your child’s learning by:

  • Taking them to as wide a variety of musical events as possible and encouraging them to listen to a diverse range of musical styles.
  • Encouraging them to join choirs, bands or any other ensembles in and out of school.
  • If they learn a musical instrument, you can support them by ensuring they do regular practice at home, as well as understanding that instrumental excellence takes much patience to achieve.

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What will my child learn about in Music this year?

Risk

Students will explore the musical cultures of India, China and the USA to develop their improvisation performance skills. Students will investigate how great music can be unplanned but can have an element of risk.

Interpretation

Students will explore film music and then use their knowledge to interpret a film script and create their own sound track.

Identity

Students will explore the Folk music of the British Isles, particularly the use of modes. Students will then create an arrangement of a traditional folk melody.

Structure

Students will explore Minimalism in music by analysing pieces by Steve Reich, Terry Riley and then performing Tubular Bells by Mike Oldfield.

What type of homework will be set?

Pupils will be set a homework which reinforces learning on a regular basis. This will include:

  • Learning key vocabulary
  • Listening to relevant music in order to inform future discussion based learning.
  • Revision homework: this is a vital form of homework in preparation for listening assessments.
  • Rehearsal homework: This is crucial to the success of the practical work pupils do. They will be expected to use the music facilities during lunchtimes in order that their performances in lessons are thoroughly prepared.

How will my child be assessed in Music this year?

Students will be assessed primarily through their ability to perform and compose music. There will be one formal assessment task per unit. Students will also be assessed through their ability to appraise their own and others’ work, and reflect on their learning to develop their skills further.

How can I support my child’s learning at home?

An encouraging atmosphere is very important in order to develop a child’s musical ability. You can extend your child’s learning by:

  • Taking them to as wide a variety of musical events as possible and encouraging them to listen to a diverse range of musical styles.
  • Encouraging them to join choirs, bands or any other ensembles in and out of school.
  • If they learn a musical instrument, you can support them by ensuring they do regular practice at home, as well as understanding that instrumental excellence takes much patience to achieve!

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Exam Board: Eduqas

Course title and type of qualification: Music GCSE (9 – 1)

What will I learn?

GCSE Music is a varied course that encourages students to explore and develop their musical skills in listening, composing and performing. Lessons will cover the areas of study for the qualification, which are Musical forms and Devices, Music for ensemble, Film music, and Popular music. Students will develop listening skills to recognise key musical features and complete composition exercises to give them a range of ideas about how to create an effective piece of music. Performance is a key part of the qualification and students will be required to play as part of a group and perform as a soloist at points during the course. Involvement in extra-curricular music activities to enhance performance skills and develop musical experience is highly recommended.

How will I be assessed?

Component 1: Performing – worth 30% of the qualification

Students will record two or more pieces, one of which must be performed in a group. The total duration of the performance must be between 4 and 6 minutes in length, with at least 1 minute being the group performance. Any style of performance is acceptable.

Component 2: Composing – worth 30% of the qualification

Students will compose two pieces of music, one of which is in response to a brief set by the exam board. The second composition is a free composition, so students can create their own brief and then compose in a style of their choice. The duration of the two compositions must be between 3 and 6 minutes in total.

Component 3: Appraising – worth 40% of the qualification

Students will be assessed for this component with a written examination. Questions will relate to the areas of study taught throughout the course, with candidates asked to recognise and discuss musical features that they can hear in audio excerpts that will be played during the exam.

What could I move onto?

GCSE Music is really useful if you aspire to a career as a performer, producer, composer or teacher. It is also valuable for Music journalism, Musical theatre, Arts administration and to access A Levels and Higher Education courses in Music, Music Technology, Theatre Studies and/or Performing Arts. Former Abbey Grange students have gone on to study at Music Conservatoires and specialist Music & Arts Colleges, or move into careers as professional musicians, DJs, composers and actors. Universities are very interested in candidates who commit to participation in extra-curricular activities and have proved they can express themselves creatively, as well as verbally and in writing. The varied skills such as problem solving, team work, presentation, effective planning and analysis that are covered in the course will prove invaluable in all potential career paths.

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