Miss G. Berry
Studying different styles of music and different instruments can be a creative and exciting way to learn about people from all types of backgrounds and cultures. On top of this, learning how to compose and perform your own music lets you find new and exciting ways to express yourself.
From year 7 onwards students will study a range of skills and techniques and cover the 3 main strands of music; composing, performing and listening/appraising. As a department we recognise the importance of Literacy across all subjects, this plays an integral part in our lessons and allow students to develop a range of analytical music skills. They will learn how to analyse, talk about and write about both pre-existing music as well as other student’s music.
At KS3 students have assessment folders for listening tasks and assessments. Performances are recorded regularly to demonstrate their practical progress. In KS3 students are expected to complete one piece of homework every two weeks, the homework’s follow a variety of different themes and will directly link to what students are learning in lesson. In KS4 this changes to one piece of homework each week, the homework set is to enable students to support what they are doing in lesson. This can be specific performance targets, composition work or written theory homework.
In KS3 students start with ‘Find Your Voice’, which introduces performance and ensures all students are at a similar starting point depending on their previous experience of Music. Students experience a range of topics such as Samba, Instruments of the Orchestra, Keyboard skills and Ukulele/Performance skills. We cover a wide range of skills and techniques in the lessons, and basic music theory underpins the contents of the lessons which helps to prepare students and give them the necessary skills to successfully complete a GCSE in Music
In KS4 we follow the OCR specification for Music.
The course is broken down into two areas; coursework (60%) and the listening paper (40%). For their coursework, students are required to do a solo and ensemble performance on an instrument of their choice, and two compositions- one to their own brief, and one to an OCR brief. Students look at four Areas of Study: Concerto Through time, Rhythms of the World, Film Music and Conventions of Pop. Unlike many exam boards, this allows students to listen to a wide variety of music and they are not limited to set works. Students are required to analyse the music that they hear in their own performances, their compositions and within the listening paper.
Music is going from strength to strength with the uptake of instrumental lessons, attendance at extra-curricular clubs and in students showing an interest in Music generally. As a department we work hard to develop a stimulating and positive working environment for our students. At present, the extra-curricular timetable consists of choir, keyboard and guitar club and KS4 intervention sessions. As music continues to increase in popularity we are looking to add more extra-curricular groups.
We currently follow the OCR GCSE Music specification