Music

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.

All pupils are able to have singing and instrumental lessons in school through the North Yorkshire Music Hub

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Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 course is designed to help pupils understand themselves and relate to each other by developing students ability to listen, work as a team, perform both individual and as a group, compose in a variety different genres/styles while being able to appraise others and their own work. All pupils will also have the opportunity to continue and develop on-going singing skills at various points of the course.

Nature of Home Learning Tasks

Home learning takes two forms in Music, practical tasks and written tasks to be completed in school and as home learning. On occasions pupils may be set larger pieces of home learning every couple of weeks to complete over a longer time, or it may be split into shorter tasks. This could involve researching, composing, completing worksheets to practical group work and listening to musical extracts.

Stretching More Able Students
There are several opportunities for more able pupils throughout the course:

  • access to musical notation if students can already play an instrument
  • opportunities for pupils to lead groups of other students in a directing or conducting role
  • extension tasks involving the use of their own instruments in lessons
  • more challenging questioning and in some cases develop their performance skills in performances for assemblies
  • prize giving events and other college occasions.

Support for Less Able Students
Support for less able students comes in several forms in music, (Eg. Visual, Auditory, Kinaesthetic Learning) according to learning styles, differentiated worksheets including writing frames and keyword lists, aural appraising and feedback, more opportunities for practical lessons in smaller groups, visual demonstrations of a task and chunking of learning.

How Parents Can Support at Home
At home parents can support their children by listening to your son/daughter rehearse for a practical performance, accessing the VLE, reading through their home learning and supporting them with listening tasks and introducing them to a range of musical styles and genres.

 

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Key Stage 4: AQA GCSE Music

The course is made up of three units Undersatnding Music, Performing music (pupils will need to be able to play an instrument prior to the course starting) and Composing Music:

Unit One: Understanding Music

Pupils will study a wide range of musical genres including Western Classical Traditional music, film and gaming music and popular music.

What’s assessed

Listening and Contextual understanding

How it’s assessed

Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.

Questions

·         Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music

·         Section B: Study pieces

The exam is 1 hour and 30 minutes.

This component is worth 40% of GCSE marks

Unit 2: Performing Music

What’s assessed

Music performance

How it’s assessed

As an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology:

·         Performance 1: Solo performance

·         Performance 2: Ensemble performance

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA) will be internally marked by teachers and externally moderated by AQA. Performances must be completed in the year of certification.

Unit 3: Composing Music

What’s assessed

Composition

How it’s assessed

·         Composition 1: Composition to a brief set by the exam board

·         Composition 2: Free composition

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

This component is 30% of GCSE marks

It will be internally marked by teachers and then externally moderated by AQA.

Progress Routes and Careers

Career possibilities using music cover a wide area. As well as the more immediate ones such as performing and teaching, others include composition, musical instrument manufacture and repair, military musician, sound engineering, publishing and printing, work in radio, film and television, arts administration, community work, music therapy, journalism and librarianship. Students can also go on to study additional Music courses such as ensemble skills and band leadership as well as Music Sixth Form courses.

** Please note that students opting for this course will need to prepare for an audition. Students will be asked to play a piece of music on their first instrument or voice.**

 

Staff:

Mrs. H Robertson: Teacher of Music
H.Robertson@settlecollege.n-yorks.sch.uk

(Photographs courtesy of High Wood Photography)