Key Stage 3
All students in Key Stage 3 study Music, covering a range of different disciplines.
In Year 7 students study topics including:
- Find your voice
- Keyboard Skills
- School Show
- Keyboard Skills 2
In Year 8 students study topics including:
- Find your voice 2
- Club Dance/GarageBand
- World Music
- Year 8 Music project
Key Stage 4
At Key Stage 4 we offer AQA GCSE Music. The course is broken into 3 key components: Understanding Music, Performing Music and Composing Music.
Students have the opportunity to explore a wide range of musical styles, from classical music, to pop music, to traditional music. Students will explore and develop understanding of a wide range of musical devices and will explore a number of set works in depth. Students will be assessed on their understanding of the music students hear and have analysed through an exam at the end of Year 11.
Students will also be expected to complete a solo and ensemble performance, lasting a total of 4 minutes.
This can be either an instrumental or vocal performance. During the course, students will have many opportunities to develop their practical skills and to build confidence as a performer, with students' final performances being recorded during Year 11.
Finally, students will write two compositions lasting between 3 minutes and 4.30 minutes in total.
The first of these will be based upon a brief set by the exam board – students will have a number of options to choose from. The second composition is a free composition of your choice. Students will have the use of music software (Logic and Sibelius) along with the iMacs to complete each composition.
Key Stage 5
At Key Stage 5 we offer both A Level Music and A Level Music Technology.
All students' work will link to one or more of the 6 areas of study: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions. Throughout the course students will be continually assessed by their teacher and supported in ensuring they are making progress.
Students will be expected to spend a minimum of one hour extra per week in the music department in order to make use of the technology needed to fulfil the composition requirements.
For AS Music students will complete three units: Performing, Composing and Appraising. The full A Level builds on the AS Learning and units also include: Performing, Composing and Appraising.
Music Technology A Level explores three Areas of Study:
- The Principles and Practice of Music Technology,
- Poplar Music Styles since 1910
- The Development of Technology based Music.
Throughout the course, students will be continually assessed by their teacher and will complete practice tasks to prepare for your controlled assessment. Students will be expected to spend a minimum of one hour extra per week in the music department in order to build confidence in the music technology skills students are exploring and to meet the requirements of controlled assessment.