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Music

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Exam Board: Edexcel

Course: GCSE Music (2MU01)

Teacher of Music:  Mr S Rinaldi, Head of Music

Peripatetic Staff:

Mr Matt Boreham - Guitar
Miss H Cunnington - Singing
Miss J Downes - Clarinet, Saxophone, Flute & Piano
Ms Kay Dawson - Brass
Miss Zoe Edmunds - Flute & Oboe
Miss Christine Stafford - Piano
Mrs Paula Stoten - Violin & Viola
Mr Will Rogers - Drums

 

Introduction

All pupils receive one fifty minute class music lesson at KS3 and those in KS4 can elect to take music as a GCSE option.  Over a quarter of students also receive 1-1 tuition in school on an instrument or voice and contribute to the many extra-curricular ensembles on offer.

Concerts

We have a Christmas, Spring and Summer Concert, a Carol Service in the local church and several smaller performances throughout the year.

The larger ensembles perform regularly each term and opportunities are given to soloists to showcase their talents. 

Trips AND Visits

Recent trips and visits have included:

Glyndebourne Touring Opera Workshop and Performance
West Side Story, London
St Paul's Orchestra Open Rehearsal and Concert, Bury St Edmunds
West African Workshop
Aldeburgh Young Musicians Workshop

Instrumental Lessons

All instrumental lessons are taught on a one to one basis. Lessons last 20 minutes and operate on a rotational basis so that pupils do not miss the same academic lesson each week. Tuition currently costs £8.50 per lesson. Pupils are expected to practise daily at home and keep a record of this. All pupils are encouraged to become involved in our extra-curricular music activities which take place during lunchtime every day.

 

KEY STAGE 3

 Pupils have one Music lesson per week in KS3.  They follow the National Curriculum and are taught a range of musical skills and knowledge through topics. Emphasis is on practical music making, however, theory and Music Technology is also taught at KS3. Example units of work include Film Music, Electronic Music, Pop Songs and Ground Bass.

KEY STAGE 4

At GCSE the Edexcel Syllabus is followed. Pupils have to compose and perform for 60% of their GCSE.  They have a listening exam worth 40% at the end of the course based on twelve different set works.


Content:

This course is divided into three units:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening and Appraising

Each unit will be integrated into a programme of study looking at a variety of styles and genres of music. The course will be divided into four main areas of study incorporating these different styles and genres. The four areas are as follows:

  • Western Classical Music (1600-1899)
  • Music of the 20th Century
  • Popular Music in Context
  • World Music

AREA OF STUDY 1

Set Works:

 

AREA OF STUDY 3

Set Works:

Western Classical Music (1600-1899)

  • Messiah – Handel
  • Symphony No.40 – Mozart
  • Prelude No.15 - Chopin

 

Popular Music in Context

  • All Blues – M Davis
  • Grace – J Buckley
  • Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad? - Moby

AREA OF STUDY 2

Set Works:

 

AREA OF STUDY 4

Set Works:

Music of the 20th Century

  • Peripetie – Schoenberg
  • Something’s Coming from West Side Story – Bernstein
  • Electric Counterpoint – Steve Reich

 

World Music

  • Skye Waulking Song– Capercaillie (Scottish)
  • Rag Desh (Indian)
  • Yiri – Koko (African)

 

Assessment:

You will be tested in three ways:

Composition controlled assessment (30%)

You will submit two compositions in contrasting styles – these must be connected to two different areas of study.

Performance controlled assessment (30%)

You will perform one solo and one ensemble performance on the instrument you learn.

Written Examination (40%)

You will sit a 90-minute written paper with listening CD. There are two parts to the exam.
Part A contains listening questions based on the set works.
Part B contains an extended writing task based on the set works.

 

How will I be taught?

You will be taught via a mixture of whole-class teaching, written and listening work, practical music exercises and practical performance sessions. Use of computers and recording equipment are all common practice in the music department.

Progression

The course provides a good basis for study of Music at AS/A Level, particularly with the introduction of set works from September 2009. It is advisable to boost knowledge with ABRSM Grade 5 theory if considering progressing to AS level in the subject.