Music

Year 7

      TERM 1

GHOST OF TOM

 

(Singing and Xylophone)

An introductory topic to develop singing skills and confidence through solo work on the xylophone and group composition work.

TERM 2

ARRIBA

 

(Xylophone)

Students use this melody (Arriba) to develop skills in improvisation. Their confidence will be developed as they learn to perform a solo improvisation to the class.

TERM 3

12 BAR BLUES

 

(Keyboard)

Students study the origins of Jazz/Blues music and will learn to perform the 12-bar blues chords, a walking bass, a riff and elements of improvisation using the blues scale. They will be performing in a group.

Year 8

TERM 1

EVERY BREATH YOU TAKE

This song is used to further develop keyboard skills and to gain an

understanding of structure and arranging skills.

TERM 2

DJEMBE

Students will be learning about the culture of African drumming and taking part in group performances using Djembe drums. They will also develop their sense of rhythm, pulse and ensemble skills.

TERM 3

POP BALLADS

Students will gain an understanding of the genre as well as developing their keyboard skills and attempting different standards of pieces to perform hands-together.

Yr 10 & 11 GCSE

Yr10 and 11 (GCSE)

COURSE = OCR  (New Specification.)

Integrated Portfolio

 

 - 1 solo performance.

 

- A commentary detailing the performance process.

 

 

- 1 composition.

1

 

 

 

 

 

30%

of

grade

 

 

One solo piece to be prepared with the help of an instrumental teacher where possible.

 

 

 

One piece to be composed and a written score produced, if the student does not perform their own composition.

Practical Portfolio

 

- A duet/ensemble performance.

 

 

 

 

 

- A composition based on

a brief set by the exam board.

 

 

 

 

- A log and evaluation of this composition

 

2

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

30%

of

grade

 

 

One duet/ensemble piece to be prepared

with the help of an instrumental teacher where possible.

 

 

The student will learn various composing techniques and also the basic features of the notation software Sibelius.

 

The student will need to keep a log of the process they went through to arrive at their finished piece.

 

Listening and Appraising

 

Area of study 2

The Concerto through time.

 

Area of study 3

Rhythms of the World

 

Area of study 4

Film music

 

Area of study 5

Conventions of Pop

 

3

 

 

 

 

 

40%

Of

grade

 

 

 

 

This is a 1 ½ hour written exam which judges the ability to analyse and write about previously unheard music from the range of topics studied over the course.

Year 12

Yr12

COURSE =  EDUQAS/WJEC  (AS  Music )

PERFORMANCE

 

A recital performance

that adheres to the specific

timing guidelines.

 

 

 

 

 

Primarily studied with instrumental teacher, a variety of styles in a programme of music that shows of your ability – aiming for around Grade 7 standard pieces.

 

COMPOSITION

2 Compositions

1 – Western Classical Style

 

2 - Free

 

 

The student will need to keep a log of the process they went through to arrive at their finished pieces

 

 

LISTENING AND APPRAISING

 

Set Work – Symphony in D major. No 104 “London” by Haydn

 

 

Aural perception skills

and a choice of one other Area of Study.

 

 

Studying details of the harmonic, melodic and structural elements of the set work

AND

Becoming familiar with the characteristics of either Rock and Pop / Musical Theatre / Jazz

 

Key dates -

DEADLINES = Composition 1 – December 8th 2017

                       Composition 2 – February 23rd  2018

There will also be regular tests and assessments throughout each topic to gauge the student’s progress.

Useful  information

Students are expected, where possible, to receive specialist, private tuition on their chosen instrument.

They should be practising at least for 1 hour per week at home, between lessons. They should also be liaising with this teacher for advice as to an appropriate piece to perform.

Students are also expected to be broadening their musical knowledge by listening to a wide variety of music at home, directed by the teacher, for at least 2 hours per week.

Year 13

Yr13

COURSE = EDUCAS/WJEC (A-Level Music)

(Composition Specialism)

PERFORMANCE

 

A recital performance

that adheres to the specific

timing guidelines.

(6-8 minutes) or (10 – 12 minutes)

 

 

 

 

Primarily studied with instrumental teacher, a variety of styles in a programme of music that shows of your ability – aiming for around Grade 7 standard pieces

 

 

COMPOSITION

2 or 3 Compositions -

1 – Western Classical Style

 

2 – Free

 

(3 – A style to reflect another Area of Study)

The student will need to keep a log of the process they went through to arrive at their finished pieces

 

 

LISTENING AND APPRAISING

 Set Work – Symphony in D major. No 104 “London” by Haydn (All 4 movements)

Aural perception skills

and a choice of one other Area of Study.

Set Works –

Poulenc - Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano (Movement 2).

Debussy - Nuages

 

Studying details of the harmonic, melodic and structural elements of the set work

Becoming familiar with the characteristics of either Rock and Pop / Musical Theatre / Jazz

 

Studying 2 set works from Into the 20th Century.

 

Key dates -

DEADLINES = Composition 1 – November 1st  2017

                       Composition 2 – January 29th  2018

                       (Composition 3 – March 12th  2018)

There will also be regular tests and assessments throughout each topic to gauge the student’s progress.

Useful  information

Students are expected, where possible, to receive specialist, private tuition on their chosen instrument.

They should be practising at least for 3 hours per week at home, between lessons. They should also be liaising with this teacher for advice as to an appropriate piece to perform.

Students are also expected to be broadening their musical knowledge by listening to a wide variety of music at home, directed by the teacher, for at least 2 hours per week.