Music

KEY STAGE 3

Year 7

Music in Year 7 is based on performing, improvising, composing, literacy, listening and appraising. Students cover the elements of music, learn to use both graphic and conventional notation, study the orchestra, listen to and analyse a variety of Western and non-Western music and compose using basic formal structures. Performing is both vocal and instrumental. The work covers the requirements of the National Curriculum, leading to the attainment targets of Key Stage 3.
Students are encouraged to participate in a range of extra-curricular activities to enhance their enjoyment and education.

Year 8

This course aims to build on the foundations laid in Year 7 and follows the National Curriculum for Key Stage 3. It is based around the activities of performing, composing, listening and appraising. In Year 8 these activities are extended further. Great emphasis is placed on practical music and developing performing skills in individual and group work. Basic harmony and formal structures are introduced in composition, as are techniques for arranging music. Students learn how to evaluate their own work and that of others. They listen to and analyse music from a wide variety of musical periods and styles.
Students are encouraged to extend their musical experience by joining in with the range of extra-curricular musical activities offered to their age group.

Year 9

In Year 9 students build on the foundations laid in Year 8 and work to complete the targets set for Key Stage 3, thus providing a firm base for beginning the GCSE course in Year 10. We aim to foster an interest in the subject through the enjoyment of practical music-making and extensive listening. Students perform individually and in groups, experimenting with sound and improvisation. In composing, students are introduced to new structures and techniques to build on their previous composing and creative musical ideas. Students continue to listen to a variety of music, learning to respond imaginatively and analytically.
Students are encouraged to extend their musical experience by joining in with the range of extra-curricular musical activities offered to their age group.

GCSE

 

Year 10

The work of Year 10 is based on the Edexcel Music course and combines listening [40%], performing [30%] and composing [30%].

Historical background and the use of musical terminology are covered before students go on to more detailed listening of set works within the following areas of study:
• Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820
• Vocal Music
• Music for Stage and Screen
• Fusions

Students complete theoretical and compositional tasks and expand on their ideas for two compositions – one is a free composition, one based on a set brief by Edexcel issued at the beginning of Year 11. Students can use Sibelius and Cubase musical software packages to aid the presentation of their compositions. Students work on solo and ensemble performances with their instrumental/singing teachers in preparation for assessment in Year 11. They are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular musical activities to enhance their musicianship and for their enjoyment.

Year 11

Year 11 students continue to analyse the set works and related works within each area of study in preparation for the Listening Test in the summer of Year 11. They complete and record their first composition and then receive their brief for the second composition sent from Edexcel Board. Solo and ensemble performances are assessed in Term Three. Both composition and performance coursework is internally assessed and moderated by an external moderator. The Listening Test is externally assessed.

A Level

The School pays for instrumental/singing lessons for the first study to the value of £85 per term (6 terms in Year 12 and 4 terms in Year 13).

Year 12

Students study the new Edexcel AS and A level courses. The AS is a stand-alone qualification which does not contribute to the A level but the subject is being taught in a co-teachable way. AS and A level both comprise 3 units: Performing; Composing; Listening and Appraising.

AS Music
• Performing: Students prepare for a recital of 6 minutes for which the standard is Grade 6.
• Composing: Students compose 1 piece to a set brief lasting at least 2 minutes and 1 free composition lasting at least 2 minutes. Together they last at least 4 ½ minutes.
• Listening and Appraising: Students study 6 Areas of Study, each of which has 2 set works. They also apply their knowledge to unfamiliar works. This is examined by a written paper. The Areas of Study are: Vocal Music; Instrumental Music; Music for Film; Popular Music and Jazz; Fusions; New Directions.
A Level Music
• Performing: Students prepare for a recital of 8 minutes for which the standard is Grade 7.
• Composing: Students compose 1 piece to a set brief or as a free composition lasting at least 4 minutes and 1 piece must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. The total time for both must be a minimum of 6 minutes.
• Listening and Appraising: Students study 6 Areas of Study in more depth, each of which has 3 set works. They also apply their knowledge to unfamiliar works. This is examined by a written paper. The Areas of Study are: Vocal Music; Instrumental Music; Music for Film; Popular Music and Jazz; Fusions; New Directions.

Year 13

The Edexcel A2 course involves three further units:
• Extended Performance: students give a 12-15 minute performance as a soloist and/or as part of an ensemble.
• Composition and Technical Study: students complete two tasks, choosing from either one composition and one technical study or two compositions or two technical studies. All work is completed under controlled conditions.
• Further Musical Understanding: students prepare for a two-hour examination paper. The unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar and understanding how it works. The paper comprises three sections: Listening, Instrumental Music and Applied Music.

Other Information

The Music Department offers a number of lunch-time and after school activities during the week.

Junior Choir

• Years 7 and 8
• Rehearsals Thursdays 12.10pm
• Students build on their confidence and skills, developing their enthusiasm and standard of singing in unison and in parts. They contribute to the Carol Service, concerts and various other events.

Senior Choir

• Years 9-13
• Rehearsals Wednesdays 12.10pm
• Students continue to build on their skills and enjoyment of singing, tackling a variety of repertoire and contributing to the Carol Service, concerts and school events. They give an annual concert with BWS Choir.

A Cappella Choir

• Membership is by audition.
• Rehearsals Tuesdays 12.10pm – girls only. Wednesdays 7pm - 8.30pm – girls and men.
• A variety of challenging repertoire is covered and A Cappella enjoys singing for cathedral services and in concerts.

Training Orchestra

• Open to all years.
• Rehearsals Mondays 12.10pm.
• Students play a wide variety of music and enjoy contributing to concerts.

Senior Orchestra

• Open to all years for players of a more advanced standard.
• Rehearsals Mondays 4.00pm
• Students enjoy playing a range of musical styles and contributing to concerts.

Chamber Orchestra

• Advanced string players are invited to join. This group is directed by Mr Parsons.
• Rehearsals Fridays 12.10pm
• Students play string repertoire of an advanced standard and contribute to concerts.

Wind band

• Woodwind, brass and percussion players who are of about Grade 4 standard and above.
• Rehearsals Fridays 12.10pm.
• Students play a varied repertoire of music, mainly lighter in style.

Guitar Group

• Guitar students with vocalists. Membership is by invitation from Mr Wilkinson who directs this group.

• Rehearsals Mondays 12.10pm

Flute Band

• This is an occasional ensemble directed by Mr Dutfield.
• Students play flute ensemble music and contribute to concerts.
Other groups take place from time to time as seems appropriate.

Concerts and Services

The Department arranges a full series of concerts during the year and provides the music for services and School events.

 

 

 


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