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It is the intention of the Music department that students will learn and develop skills throughout the curriculum in years 7 and 8 that will give them an insight and knowledge of different cultures through music. The skills and knowledge that students learn during years 7 and 8 will also enable them to develop what they have learned and to progress through year 9, 10 and 11 with firm foundation to thrive upon.

In the classroom, students are encouraged through a great variety of musical activities to appreciate music making and to grow in confidence as performers. There are many opportunities for the students to perform, including successful rock band nights, summer concerts and the Academy choir regularly perform in the community.

Each room in the department has been designed to maximise the amount of learning that takes place.

CG01 has a recording studio fitted to it, to enable all students, ensembles, choirs and bands to record their work to the highest quality. 15 Apple Macintosh computers are installed with music industry standard software and the room also boasts two separate displays for work, video and audio resources.

CG02 is more of a traditional teaching room emphasis but still retaining the colour and vibrancy of the department. This room also benefits from the inclusion of an interactive white board to give pupils visual, audio and kinaesthetic resources to work with as well as a grand piano, full class suite of keyboards and modular furniture which enables the room to be transformed to suit many different learning activities.

CG03 is a keyboard suite featuring 11 work stations, enabling up to 22 students to improve their keyboard skills during lessons. This room also features an interactive white board to provide pupils with audio and visual resources to work with.

The department foyer has a bright vibrant atmosphere with the addition of two extra practice rooms. These two new practice rooms are large enough to fit bands of up to 5 or 6 people. Along with the two smaller original rooms this gives the Music Department a wide scope for extra-curricular activities, performance and composition work and the amount of peripatetic provision we can provide.

Years 7, 8 & 9 

What will I study?

Year 7

  • Building Bricks – Elements of Music
  • Keyboard Skills
  • I’ve Got Rhythm – Rhythm and pulse
  • Form and Structure
  • Sonority City – Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Folk Music

Year 8

  • Hooks and Riffs
  • Offbeat – Reggae
  • Variations
  • All That Jazz – Jazz and Blues
  • All About the Bass
  • Saharan Sounds – African Music

Year 9

  • Dance Music
  • Soundtracks – Film Music
  • Computer and Video Game Music
  • New Directions -Composition Techniques
  • Samba – South American Rhythms
  • What makes a good song?
How will I be assessed?
  • Assessment is through week by week performances
  • Unit specific written tasks
  • Peer assessment and Appraisals

Years 10 & 11 

What will I study?

Area of Study 1 Western Classical Tradition 1650 -1910

  • Coronation Anthems and Oratorios of Handel
  • Orchestral music of Hayden, Mozart and Beethoven
  • The Piano Music of Chopin and Schumann

Area of Study 2 Popular Music

  • Music of Broadway 1950’s – 1990’s
  • Rock Music from 1960’s and 1970’s
  • Film and Computer Gaming Music 1990 to present day
  • Popular Music from 1990 to the Present

Area of Study 3 Traditional Music

  • Blues Music 1920 – 1950
  • Fusion Music
  • Contemporary Latin Music
  • Folk Music of the British Isles

Area of Study 4 Western Classical Tradition Since 1910

  • The Orchestral Music of Aaron Copland
  • Orchestral Music of Zoltan Kodaly and Bela Bartok
What skills will I develop?

You will develop your communication, performance, listening and analytical skills.

How will I be assessed?

2 composition pieces – one to a brief and one free composition 30%
2 performances -  one solo and one ensemble performance 30%
1 terminal examination based around the areas of study 40%

Key Stage 5

What will I study?

Component 1: Recording
Component 2: Technology-based composition
Component 3: Listening and analysing
Component 4: Producing and analysing

What skills will I develop?

Production tools and techniques to capture, edit, process and mix an audio recording.  Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring sounds to produce a technology-based composition.

● Knowledge and understanding of recording and production techniques and principles, in the context of a series of unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson.

● Application of knowledge related to all three areas of study:

o recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
o principles of sound and audio technology
o the development of recording and production technology.

● Knowledge and understanding of editing, mixing and production techniques, to be applied to unfamiliar materials provided by Pearson in the examination.

● Application of knowledge related to two of the areas of study:

o recording and production techniques for both corrective and creative purposes
o principles of sound and audio technology.

How will I be assessed?

● One recording, chosen from a list of 10 songs provided by Pearson, consisting of a minimum of five compulsory instruments and two additional instruments, released on our website on 1st June in the calendar year preceding the year in which the qualification is to be awarded.
● Keyboard tracks may be sequenced.
● Total time must be between 3 minutes and 3½ minutes.
● Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.
● One technology-based composition chosen from three briefs set by Pearson released on our website on 1st September in the calendar year preceding the year in which the qualification is to be awarded.
● Synthesis and sampling/audio manipulation and creative effects use must be included.
● Total time must be 3 minutes.
● Logbook and authentication form must be supplied.
● This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.
● One audio CD with the unfamiliar commercial recordings to accompany questions on the paper will be provided per student. 
● Section A: Listening and analysing (40 marks) – four questions, each based on unfamiliar commercial recordings supplied by Pearson (10 marks each).
● Section B: Extended written responses (35 marks) – two essay questions.  One comparison question, which uses two unfamiliar commercial recordings from the CD (15 marks). The second essay uses the final unfamiliar commercial recording on the CD (20 marks). 
● This paper comprises two sections: A and B and all questions are compulsory.
● Each student will be provided with a set of audio/MIDI materials for the practical element of the examination, to include:

o audio files relating to three instrumental/vocal parts.
o a single MIDI file from which a fourth instrumental part will be created or synthesised.

● Students will correct and then combine the audio and MIDI materials to form a completed mix, which may include creating new tracks or parts from the materials provided.
● Section A: Producing and analysing (85 marks) – five questions related to the audio and MIDI materials provided that include both written responses and practical tasks.
● Section B: Extended written response (20 marks) – one essay focusing on a specific mixing scenario, signal path, effect or music technology hardware unit.