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Mr A Betts

Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9, students are assessed in the four key skills:

Performing, Composing, Listening Skills, Contextual Understanding

 

There are eights units across the three years:

 

M1: Read, Write, Play

PERFORMING: Students will perform 'Fur Elise' by Beethoven on their personal study instrument.

COMPOSING: Students will compose an ending to a given melody.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Classical Music.

 

M2: Pop Music

PERFORMING: Students will perform the famous I-V-vi-IV chord sequence on a chord instrument.

COMPOSING: Students will compose a drum track using Music Technology.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Pop Music.

 

M3: Indian Classical Music

PERFORMING: Students will perform a raga and a tala.

COMPOSING: Students will improvise using a raga.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Indian Classical Music.

 

M4: Ground Bass Remix

PERFORMING: Students will perform 'Pachelbel's Canon' on their personal study instruments.

COMPOSING: Students will compose a remix of 'Pachelbel's Canon' using Music Technology.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Club Dance Music.  

 

M5: Sub-Saharan African Music

PERFORMING: Students will perform using a percussion instrument.

COMPOSING: Students will improvise using a pentatonic scale.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Sub-Saharan African Music.

 

M6: 12 Bar Blues

PERFORMING: Students will perform either the changes or the walking bass line.

COMPOSING: Students will improvise around the C Blues scale.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Blues Music.

 

M7: Computer Game Music

PERFORMING: Students will input music to Music Technology.

COMPOSING: Students will compose their own soundtrack to a Super Mario level.

GENRE: Students will learn the key features and context of Computer Game Music.

 

M8: MyTunes

Students will choose from a range of "real-world" commissions.

 

Assessment at Key Stage Three

All four key areas are assessed in each unit and is weighted the same as the GCSE:

Performing - 30%

Composing - 30%

Listening Skills - 20%

Contextual Understanding - 20%

Key Stage 4

We follow the GCSE Music course AQA 8271.

 

Performing (30%)

Students will submit two performances: one solo and one ensemble.

 

Composing (30%)

Students will compose two pieces of music: one to a set brief and one 'free' composition.

 

Written Exam (40%)

The written exam covers a broad selection of music across four areas of study:

 

AREA OF STUDY 1: Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910

  • The Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel
  • The orchestral music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • The piano music of Chopin and Schumann
  • The Requiem of the late Romantic period

 

AREA OF STUDY 2: Popular Music

  • Music of Broadway 1950s to 1990s
  • Rock music of 1960s and 1970s
  • Film and computer game music 1990s to present
  • Pop music 1990s to present

 

AREA OF STUDY 3: Traditional Music

  • Blues music from 1920-1950
  • Fusion music incorporating African & Caribbean music
  • Contemporary Latin music
  • Contemporary folk music of the British Isles

 

AREA OF STUDY 4: Western Classical Tradition since 1910

  • The orchestral music of Copland
  • British music of Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies & Tavene
  • The orchestral music of Zoltán, Kodály & Béla Bartók
  • Minimalist music of John Adams, Steve Reich & Terry Riley

Useful websites

and resources

GCSE Specification

Our Department Website

Possible areas of future Studies

A-Level Music

A-Level Music Technology

BTEC Music Performance

Possible future careers

Jobs directly related to music include:

  • Musician
  • Music Therapist
  • Peripatetic Music Tutor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Session Musician
  • Composer
  • Sound Technician
  • Arranger
  • Copyist

 

Jobs indirectly related to music include:

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Community arts worker
  • Events manager
  • PPC spcialist
  • Radio broadcast assistant
  • Radio producer
  • Theatre stage manager