MUSIC - KS4

 

Music Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Mrs S. McKay
Teaching Staff: Mr J. Lyon
Instrumental teachers: Mrs Edgars, Miss Bennett, Mr Howard, Mr Bannister, Mrs Wright, Mrs Edwards
Link Governor: Mr P. Sharples

COURSE INFORMATION

The chosen exam board for GCSE Music is EDUQAS. Through the next 2 years, students will develop and broaden the skills and knowledge learnt at KS3 and start to specialise in their chosen instrument/instruments. Through EDUQAS, students will gain the opportunity to learn the context from a variety of styles, such as; musical theatre, jazz, blues, popular music, film music and western classical music. Students will also get to study 2 set works in detail as they develop an understanding of context, the composition ideas and the elements of music found in the pieces. At the end of year 11, students will submit 2 performances and 2 compositions as part of their NEA portfolio and take a listening and appraising examination.

COURSE CONTENT

Students will study 4 areas of study (AOS) through the key disciplines: performance, composition and listening.

  • AOS 1 – Structure and Devices – students will learn the key compositional devices and how music is formed into a structure. This topic relates to Western Classical Music and students will study the set work Badinerie by J. S. Bach.
  • AOS 2 – Music for Ensemble – Students will learn the context of Musical Theatre, Jazz, Blues and Western Chamber Music. They will understand how textures, grouping and instrumental ensembles.
  • AOS 3 – Film Music – Students will develop a greater depth of knowledge of the Film Industry and how composers are used to respond to briefs, use musical elements to create mood and atmosphere and how they use sonority to create a soundtrack.
  • AOS 4 – Popular Music – students will develop an understanding of popular music and the varying styles within this genre by studying: Pop, Rock, Bhangra and fusion. In this topic students will also study the set work Africa by Toto.

COURSE ASSESSMENT

The course requirement is 60% NEA and 40% examination

NEA

  • A solo performance lasting 3 – 4 minutes
  • 1 ensemble performance lasting 1 minute or longer
  • 1 free composition.
  • 1 composition in response to a brief set by EDUQAS

Listening examination

The listening exam lasts 1 hour and 15 minutes and will consist of questions relating to the AOS with pieces of music.


YEAR 10

   

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

KEY SKILLS / LEARNING

Autumn

AOS 1 Forms and Devices

Understanding key structures and forms in Western Classical Music
Embedding an understanding of periods of music from the Baroque to Romantic period.
Developing an understanding of devices and how they are used in pieces of music
Analyse Badinerie by J. S. Bach
Developing technical and expressive control of their instrument.
Embed ensemble skills focusing on accuracy and technical control of instruments/voice.
Develop compositional understanding and embed devices and structure

Spring

AOS 2 Music for Ensemble

Understanding context of Musical Theatre, Jazz, Blues, Western Chamber Music from Baroque to the Romantic Period.
Understand how ensembles work together and key terms used to describe musical ensembles
Develop an understanding of the Voice and how it is used in music making
Embed textures and discriminate textural changes in music.
Developing technical and expressive control of their instrument.
Embed solo skills focusing on accuracy and technical control of instruments/voice.
Develop compositional understanding with a focus on texture and ensemble writing.

Summer

Preparation for coursework

Embed compositional technique
Develop students compositional voice
Develop solo performance and looking at the role of the performer in the music industry
Review and recap listening skills for AOS 1 and AOS 2

YEAR 11

   

Autumn

AOS 3 Film Music
AOS 4 - Set Work Toto

Develop an understand of mood and atmosphere
Understand the role of the composer
Embed understanding of elements of music and how they are used in soundtracks
Understand Thematic development
Learn how music technology is used in Film Music
Understand the context of Africa by Toto
Analyse Africa by Toto
Completion of NEA composition and solo performance

Spring

AOS 4 Popular Music

Understand the genre and sub genres of popular music
Embed understanding of elements of music associated with Popular music
Develop how music technology is used in popular music
Learn how vocal sounds are used in popular music
How instruments and voices are combined.
Understand context and key styles associated with Bhangra and Fusion.
Completion of NEA brief composition and ensemble performance

Summer

Revision of Areas of Study for Listening examination.
Submission of NEA.

 

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Key stage 4 band, Key stage 4 choir, songwriters club, keyboard club.
  • Instrumental lessons on the following disciplines; Piano, Percussion, Vocal, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Strings.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about specific performances? Why was it created? What instruments can you hear? What is happening to the dynamics in this piece? What is the tonality? What is the tempo? What period of music/ what is the style of music? To ask your child to perform a piece of music they have been learning or creating to develop confidence in their ability.
Encourage them to follow official profiles of the performers/plays/musicals they study on social media.

WHERE TO GO:

  • Visit concert locations (Liverpool Philharmonic/Bridgewater Hall Manchester)
  • Orchestra’s Liverpool Philharmonic
  • Halle Orchestra
  • Manchester Camerata
  • RNCM for regular concerts throughout the week and weekend.

WHAT TO WATCH/LISTEN TO:

  • YouTube
  • Live Performances on YouTube
  • BBC Music
  • BBC Proms
  • Glastonbury
  • BBC 4
  • Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History
  • Spotify/ Apple Music:
  • Specific playlists for styles of music/famous artists and bands

WHAT TO READ:

  • The AB guide to music theory: Eric Taylor
  • Music Theory for Young Musicians

ONLINE:

 

Music Theory

 

Halle Orchestra

 

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Songwriters

 

The Beatles Story Museum

 

British Music Experience

 

BBC Bitesize Music

 

FUTURE CAREERS:

Musician, Singer, Instrumentalist, Session Musician, Composer, Conductor, Orchestral Musician, Film composer, TV Composer, Video Game Composer, Army Musician, West End Performer, Music Producer, Music Therapist, Music Teacher, Sound Engineer, Special Effects Technician, Arts Administrator, Talent Agent, Music Journalist, Director, Copyright, Music Psychologist.