Key Stage 3

 

All students in Year 7 to 9 receive a weekly class music lesson. We recognise that the range of musical knowledge they acquire through individual lessons is wide, but aim to ensure that all have the musical literacy required to notate their compositions and the creative freedom to develop their own ideas. All are able to work individually on a keyboard and a computer with Sibelius software. The range of topics studied is wide and includes ballet music, masterworks such as The Planets and The Four Seasons and individual composers such as Mozart. In Year 9 we include a history of pop music with emphasis on the 50s and 60s.

 

GCSE (Edexcel)

 

This course provides exciting opportunities for students to develop their understanding of the subject through creative and analytical work in three elements:

 

Listening (written paper – 40%)

The stimulating selection of set works includes contrasting pieces from the Western classical tradition and a glimpse into other styles and cultures. The Areas of Study are: Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions

 

Composing (coursework – 30%)

Students submit two compositions, choosing the styles and mediums they wish to work in.

 

Performing (coursework – 30%)

Students choose two pieces to record, and opportunities for re-takes are always provided.

 

A2 Level (Edexcel)

 

Listening (written paper – 40%)

The Edexcel specification provides an excellent selection of works for close analysis, providing a fascinating insight into different compositional processes. This work is always linked to the development of aural skills. The Areas of Study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions and New Directions.

 

Composing (coursework – 30%)

Both exams provide opportunities for free composition, and traditional four-part harmony and Bach chorale harmonisation are also taught.

 

Performing (coursework – 30%)

Performances are recorded, culminating in an 8 – 12 minute recital.

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