Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.
The Music Department has developed over the past few years into a more practical approach so that students take away basic skills on common instruments. The department has an extensive extra-curricular program that is open to all students and that is listed below. The Music Department has continued to improve each year in BTEC results.
Music @ KS3
Why study music?
Many people wonder why studying music is important when growing up. Even though you may not want to be a musician, music makes you use your brain in a critical and creative way. Do you like going to music concerts or festivals? Does your family sing or play music at parties or celebrations like Christmas? These are just some of the ways that music is part of our everyday lives. By understanding and appreciating different kinds of music, you are able to enjoy and participate in cultural activities with friends and family, creating more fulfillments in life. Music is a universal language that all cultures find much enjoyment from. Participating in music can help you to make friends and enjoy all types of music after you leave secondary school.
What is music?
Music is organised sound. The study of music is when you look into the ways in which sound is organised through musical elements. Throughout KS3 you identify and use musical elements through composing and performing.
Music @ KS3 explores a variety styles and genres, while teaching basic skills on guitar, keyboard and music software. Following is a list of units you will undertake in each year level:
- Music Literacy – A colourful approach to performing and composing music.
- STOMP – A theatrical unit that combines different timbres and movement.
- Your Voice – A short unit that has fun with singing.
- Musical Elements – A knowledge unit that will have you listening and describing.
- Blues – A practical approach to the historical genre that has you performing in small groups
- SAMBA – a percussive and practical approach to World Music
- Music Technology: Using computers to compose basic music concepts
- Sequenced Performance – Creating an electronic performance of a popular song from a musical score
- Dance Loop Composition – Composing musical loops to create a dance/electronic song
- Musical Futures – Performing popular music on a variety of musical instruments
- Remix – Manipulating audio tracks to change a pre-existing popular song
- Variations – Manipulating musical elements of pre-existing melodies to create interesting variations
- Leitmotifs – Understanding the use of leitmotifs and using them to create a soundtrack to a movie/visual clip
GCSE Music KS4
‘A qualification in music shows that you have creative abilities, confidence and self-discipline. It shows your ability to concentrate and work as a team, whatever your career choice. It is particularly useful if you want to become a performer, composer, producer, record company employee or broadcaster’.
The following options are available @ KS4:
- BTEC Music
- GCSE Music
GCSE Music Years 10 and 11
GCSE Music Year 10: WJEC – http://www.wjec.co.uk/qualifications/music/r-music-gcse-from-2016/
- Do you play an instrument or sing to a good standard, and enjoy doing this yourself and others?
- Have you ever wanted to write your own songs or other kinds of music?
- Do you enjoy finding out about how music is developed and created – the “nuts and bolts”?
Music GCSE encompasses all of these things.
The new GCSE Music course is assessed in four parts:
1 – Listening to and Appraising Music
You will explore 5 Areas of study (Rhythm & Metre, Harmony & Tonality, Texture & Melody, Timbre & Dynamics, Structure & Form) through the three Strands of Learning:
- Strand 1: Western Classical Music Tradition
- Strand 2: Popular Music of the 20th &21st centuries
- Strand 3: World Music
At the end of the course, you will sit a 1 hour exam relating to these set areas.
20% of overall grade
2 – Composing and Appraising Music
You will write one composition, based on an externally assessed assignment, arising from at least two of the five Areas of Study. There must also be a link to one of the strands which will be issued by the external examiners. The composition, submitted as a score and/or annotation must also be accompanied by a recording. You will then appraise the process and the outcome of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and indicate the link to the given strand.
20% of overall grade
3 – Performing Music
You will need to present a performance of two different pieces either individually or through ICT, one for individual performance and one for group performance.
40% of overall grade
4 – Composing Music
You will write one composition under controlled conditions, which is based on two or more of the five areas of study in any style or genre. The composition must be submitted as either a score and a recording, or a recording with detailed annotation.
20% of overall grade
You must be able to play an instrument or sing to a good standard.
You need to be able to work to deadlines. You need to be able to demonstrate creative thinking, and be able to communicate your musical ideas clearly.
A GCSE qualification in music shows that you have creative abilities, self-discipline, confidence, and academic skills such as the ability to analyse. It shows your ability to concentrate and work as a team, whatever your career choice. It is particularly useful if you intend to work in the theatre, the arts, become a teacher, or if you wish to take up a career in music.
William Edwards students ready to go on stage at Disney!
For further information, please contact the Department Leader, Ms Walmsley, on email@example.com.