Music

Music Y9 2017-18

Course title: Y9 Music  
How will students be assessed?
Students will build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They will develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They will listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians. They will use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Pupils will be taught to:

  • Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • Improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
  • Develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.
Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Musical Elements and Keyboard Foundations

  • To develop performance skills using the keyboards
  • To be able to use staff notation to work independently on keyboard performance tasks
  • To understand rhythm, melody and chords and apply this to performance work.
  • To know how to use musical vocabulary to describe, compare and evaluate music

 16 October data collection (CWA,PEG and ATL)

2 (7 weeks) Instruments of the Orchestra (3 weeks)

  • To understand how a symphony orchestra has multiple instruments that are split into families.
  • To understand and observe the layout of the orchestra and the role of the conductor.
  • To recognise through listening instruments that play separate parts to a piece of music and identify the family that the instrument belongs to.

The Classical Style (4 weeks)

  • To understand the periods of music and identify features of music of the Classical period.
  • To learn what an Alberti Bass is on the keyboard and play it together with a melody.
  • To include other musical elements applicable to the Classical Style.
3 (7 weeks) Jazz and the Blues

  •  To understand the history of jazz and the blues including the various sub-genres of jazz e.g. ragtime, Dixieland, swing etc.
  • To identify various musical elements through listening to pieces of jazz and the blues
  • To learn what a swing drum beat is and play this on the drums.
  • To learn to improvise through basic composing and have this accompanied by a walking bass effect on the keyboard.

15 January data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

4 (6 weeks) Music and the Media

  • To understand the history of film music including terms such as ‘diegetic and non-diegetic’ in addition to ‘horizontal layering, adaptive music and immersion’ for video game music.
  • To create a storyboard with a partner that will act as the basis of a short film.
  • To learn various musical clichés and then adapt them to create an original film composition.19 March data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)
5 (5 weeks) Rap Music

  • To understand the term rhyming couplets and how it is used throughout pieces of Rap Music.
  • To understand the history and social context of how rap music came into being.
  • To create several verses and a chorus within a group as a basis of a rap piece.
  • To practise saying the lyrics to a beat and then create a chord sequence to play in the background.
6 (7 weeks) Pop Music/Special Project

  • To understand how pop music developed through the decades
  • To play pieces of pop music on the keyboard
  • To investigate a band or artist of their choice in order to prepare to give a presentation building upon the knowledge gained this year.

 Week commencing 18 June: Year 9 exam week

12 July Data collection (CWA, PEG and ATL)

Music Y10 2017-18

Course title: GCSE Music Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 1MU0
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel GCSE in Music comprises three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/realisations for:

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance

The combined duration must be at least four minutes in duration. Each performance must be at least one minute.

Unit 2: Composing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/written accounts for:

  • Two compositions – one to a set brief, one free composition.
  • The combined duration must be at least three minutes in duration. Each composition must be at least one minute.

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Students will be assessed with a 1 hour and 45 minute exam at the end of year 11.

  • All questions relate to the set works
  • The paper will be in two sections
  • Section A (68 marks):

-Six questions related to six of the eight set work
-One short melody/rhythm completion exercise
-One question on an unfamiliar piece with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and  musical language.

  • Section B (12 marks):

-One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.

 

Half term Key content
1 (7 weeks) Students receive 5 lessons of music a fortnight. These will be split 2x appraisal, 2x composition, 1x performing.

Appraising/Listening

  • Core skills:

o   Rhythm and Metre
o   Melody and Dynamics
o   Harmony and Tonality
o   Texture and Timbre~
o   Form and Structure

Composition

  • Revision of treble/bass clef notation
  • Theory of extended chords
  • Group compositions based on rhythm and single melody lines.

Performance

  • Practise on solo performance (with KB)
2 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 2: Vocal Music

o   Purcell: Music for a While

  • AoS 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820

o   JS Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major

Composition

  • Formation of chords
  • Key signatures
  • Group compositions making use of more complex melodies and simple harmonies

Performance

  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
3 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820

o   Beethoven: 1st Movement from Pathetique Sonata in C minor

  • AoS 3 – Music for Stage and Screen:

o   S Schwartz: “Defying Gravity” – Introduction

Composition

  • Extended harmonies
  • Longer group compositions making use of more complex harmony

Performance

  • Limited transposition skills
  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
4 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 3 – Music for Stage and Screen:

o   S Schwartz: “Defying Gravity” – Finish

  • AoS 2 – Vocal Music:

o   Queen: “Killer Queen” – Intro

Composition

  • Use of structure within compositions
  • Making use of differing textures
  • General ideas for assessed composition 1

Performance

  • Extended transposition skills
  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
5 (5 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 2 – Vocal Music:

o   Queen: “Killer Queen” – Finish

Composition

  • Refinement of ideas for assessed composition 1
  • Making use of dynamics and articulation within the compositions.

Performance

  • Preparation for recording in half term 6.
  • Arrange for an accompanist if needed and rehearse with them. JST available for this.
6 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  • Revision of set works covered so far including practise exam questions
  • Rhythm dictation/melody dictation exercises

Composition

  • Finalise composition 1 including printing score and creating audio file.
  • Submission to JST of all materials for composition 1.

Deadline: Monday 2 July 2018

  • JST to mark and suggest any final edits to be done before end of the year.

Performance

  • Finalise all work on solo performance.
  • Record and photocopy score.

Deadline: Monday 25 June

  • Re-record if necessary before end of the year.

Music Y11 2017-18  will appear shortly

Year 12 & Year 13 Music

Course title: A-Level Music Exam board: EDEXCEL Specification code: 8MU0
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel Music-A Level consists of one written paper and two non-examined assessment components:

  • Component 1: Performing (30%):
    A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
    Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
    The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 6 minutes.
  • Component 2: Composing (30%):
    Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by the exam board and one free composition.
    Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of four minutes and 30 seconds.

Component 3: Appraising (40%):
Written examination.
Application of knowledge through six areas of study:
– Vocal Music
– Instrumental Music
– Music for Film
– Popular Music and Jazz
– Fusions
– New Directions.
Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.

Half term  
  Appraising (JST) Composing (JST) Performing (KB)
1

 

 

 

 

 

 

3 days per fortnight

Introduction to Set Works for Y12 and then:

  • Pitch/Rhythm transcription
  • Set works:

o   Batman Returns – Elfman (Y13 only to finish)

o   Revolver – Beatles

o   Back in the Day – Courtney Pine

 

3 days per fortnight

Introduction to the Composition Briefs

  • Key techniques for composing for the instrumental families:
    – Strings
    – Woodwind
    – Brass
    – Percussion
  • Collect ideas for composition briefs (Y12)
  • Continue with composition 1 (Y13)
  • Collect pieces similar to chosen brief to use as reference
1 day per fortnight

Working towards piece 1

  • Choose pieces of music to work towards
  • Focus on performance skills, including performing the piece in front of others.
2

 

Set Works and Core Skills

  • ·Pitch/Rhythm transcription
  • Set work:

o   Hounds of Love – Kate Bush

o   Estampes – Debussy

o   Breathing Under Water – Shankar

 

Working towards completing Composition 1

  • Begin composition (Y12 only)
  • Structure composition 1, developing melodic and harmonic ideas.
  • Finalise work on composition 1 (Y13 only).
  • Add in any additional information (e.g. dynamics, articulation) after Christmas holidays.

 12 January Composition 1 Deadline – Y13 Only

Working towards piece 1

  • Rehearse piece 1 until up to standard.
  • KB to record a version of piece 1 in early January for marking with JST.
3

 

Set Works and Core Skills

  • Pitch/Rhythm transcription
  • Set work: Familia Valera Miranda: Cana Quema
  • Set work: Cage: Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos

 

 

Composing

  • Feedback on composition 1 and alterations as required (Y13 only).
  • Collect ideas for composition brief 2 (Y13 only) – advise Bach Chorale technical study but will discuss with students
  • Collect pieces similar to chosen brief to use as reference for composition 2.

 

Working towards piece 2

  •  Feedback on piece 1.
  • Rehearse piece 2.
4

 

Set Works and Core Skills

  • Pitch/Rhythm transcription
  • Set works:

o   Kaija Saariaho: Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics

o   Le sacre du printemps – Stravinsky

 

 

Working towards completing Composition 2

  • Structure composition 2, developing melodic and harmonic ideas.
  • Finalise work on composition 1 (Y12s) or composition 2 (Y13s).

 6 April Composition 2 Deadline (Y13)

Composition 1 Initial Deadline (Y12)

Working towards piece 1

  • Rehearse piece 2 until up to standard.
  • KB to record a version of piece 2 in late March for marking with JST.
5

 

Set Works and Core Skills

  • Rhythm/Pitch Notation
  • Practise essay questions
  • Mock listening questions

 

 

Working towards completing Composition 2

  • Feedback and editing on all compositions.

 

4 May all coursework deadline

 

Recordings of all pieces for recital

  • Final rehearsal time for all pieces.
  • Record pieces as an ensemble in front of others.
    4 May all coursework deadline
6

 

Set Works and Core Skills

  • Pitch/Rhythm transcription
  • Wider listening on all areas of study covered this far (Y12s only)
Expectation for compositions in year 13.

 

Expectation for performances in year 13.