Music

Year 7

Students in Year 7 have one lesson of music a week which aims to broaden their musical knowledge and understanding through performing, composing and listening.
Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning, that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing. Technique, notation and other forms of written instruction are an integral part of the process but are developed through practical playing.

Year 8

Students in Year 8 have one of music each week which aims to broaden their musical knowledge and understanding through performing, composing and listening.
Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing. Technique, notation and other forms of written instruction are an integral part of the process, but are developed through practical playing.

Year 9

In year 9 students receive two hours a week of BTEC music.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).
Students follow a core unit and optional units all equal to 30 guided learning hours each.
Unit 1: the music industry.
Unit 2: managing a music product.
Unit 4: introducing music composition.
Unit 5: introducing music performance.

Students in year 9 will complete units 4 and 5 with a focus on the development of their practical skills for units 4 and 5.
Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

Year 10

In Year 10 students receive two hours a week of BTEC music.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).
Students follow a core unit and optional units all equal to 30 guided learning hours.
Unit 1: the music industry.
Unit 2: managing a music product.
Unit 4: introducing music composition.
Unit 5: introducing music performance.

Students in Year 10 will complete Unit 1 which is an externally assessed examination which will be sat in January. Following this, students will also complete a Unit 4 (composition) and Unit 5 (performance).
Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

Year 11

In Year 11, students will receive two hours of GCSE music each week.
In Year 11, students will continue to develop their compositional, performance and listening skills.
GCSE music consists of four units:
Unit 1: listening to and appraising music (20% external examination in the summer term).
Unit 2: composing and appraising music (20% externally marked).
Unit 3: performing music – 1 solo performance and 1 group performance 40% (internally marked).
Unit 4: composing music (internally marked).

In Year 11, students will focus on completing their unit 2 composition and appraisal.
Students will also have the opportunity to re-record any performances to improve their grade.
Students will continue to develop their listening skills throughout Year 11 in preparation for their examination in June.