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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 music of Jamaica and develop their ability to use music technology by creating their own version of Bob Marley’s ‘Three Little Birds’ using the GarageBand app on their iPads, carefully balancing the layers of music. 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 develop their ability to write songs through analysing the work of other artists and then composing their own song, about their life experiences Structures Students will explore electronic dance music and how structure is important for a successful piece. Students will then create their own arrangement of Kraftwerk’s ‘The Model’ using their chosen structure. 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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Information on music at Key Stage 3 can be found under the links and resources section at the side of this page. What will I learn? GCSE Music is an interesting course that encourages you to explore and develop your musical skills in listening , composing and performing. During lessons we’ll cover everything you need to know and develop your listening skills for the written exam. We will also do a lot of composition exercises to give you a range of ideas about how to compose an effective piece. There will also be chances for you to perform a wide range of music as a group and to work together to prepare for a range of Concerts and Productions. The Music GCSE specification is currently being reviewed along with many other subjects, which means the details here may be subject to change. How will I be assessed? Unit 1: Listening We look at a whole range of musical elements and genres in the lessons to prepare you for a written exam at the end of the course. This is worth 20% of the total marks. Unit 2: Composing and Appraising You compose a piece of music and write about your ideas and what you think of the final piece. This is completed in 20 hours of controlled time and It’s worth 20% of the total marks. Unit 3: Performing We record you performing on your own and with others any time during the course. These performances are marked in school and are worth 40% of the total marks. Unit 4: Composing This is another composition which you have 25 hours in school time to complete. You can compose in any style and we mark this in school. It’s worth 20% of the total marks. What could I move onto? Music groups do well at Abbey Grange, frequently achieving 100%A*-C grades. Universities are very interested in candidates who have a good track record of participation in extra curricula activities and have proved they can express themselves creatively as well as verbally and in writing. You will work as a team with others who share your passion for music, build the confidence necessary to present your ideas to an audience and learn a lot about yourself by the end of the course. You’ll also get credit for learning an instrument and free tuition from school peri teachers. 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 or Performing Arts. Former Abbey Grange students have gone on to study at Music Conservatoires and LIPA, or into careers as professional musicians, DJs, composers and actors.
Exam Board: AQA Course title and type of qualification: Music GCSE Links & Resources
Abbey Multi Academy Trust, c/o Chapter House, Abbey Grange C of E Academy, Butcher Hill, Leeds, LS16 5EA Tel: 0113 275 7877 Fax: 0113 275 4794 info@abbeygrangeacademy.co.uk Company No.: 07705552