Music

Key Stage 3

YEAR 7

During the first half term students have an introduction to Music unit which includes Performing, Composing and Listening tasks. Pupils then undertake topics such as Understanding Notation, Stomp, Introduction to the Orchestra, Gamelan, Guitar and Drum Skills, Band Skills, Expressionism and Music for Stories. Additionally, students have lots of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, including being in the school show band, annual Last Musician Standing competition, choir, guitar and music technology Clubs and Voice in a Million.

YEAR 8

In Year 8 students undertake Composing, Listening and Performing units such as, Calypso Music, African Drumming, Minuet and Trio, Jazz Music, Character Composing and two opportunities throughout the year to improve their Guitar and Drum skills by performing in small bands. Pupils also study Music Technology and use Music Software programmes to create music. Additionally, students have lots of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, including being in the annual Last Musician Standing competition, choir, school show band, guitar and music technology club and also school trips including Voice in a Million.

YEAR 9

In Year 9 students undertake Composing, Listening and Performing units such as, History of Pop Music (1950’s-Current Day), The Music Industry, Film Music, Reggae Music, Dance Music and two opportunities throughout the year to improve their Guitar and Drum skills by undertaking a Musical Futures band skills module. Pupils have access to Music Technology and use Music Software programmes to create music for film and to write their own songs. Additionally, students have lots of opportunities to take part in extra-curricular activities, including being in the annual school show, choirs, guitar and keyboard clubs and school trips including Voice in a Million.

Key Stage 4

BETC MUSIC 2016-18 (YEAR 10/11)

Course Title

BTEC Level 1 / 2 First Award in Music

Examination Board

Edexcel

Qualification

BTEC

Specification

BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music. (From January 2013).

QN Code

600/6818/8

Link to specification

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html

Summary of course content

Music at Key Stage 4 offers a wide range of activities tailored to the individual needs of each student. Much of the course is based on developing practical skills and performance is an important component of the exam. They will also be learning about the business side of music and what jobs are available.

Some of the lessons are dedicated to improving performance. Students are expected to practise regularly as part of their homework and, if choosing a unit that involves working with others as an ensemble, they should commit to organising rehearsals outside of the lessons. They are encouraged to join an extra-curricular activity offered by the Music Department (free of charge) or may decide to learn an instrument through South East Creative Arts (details available from the Music Dept).

How will I be assessed?

There are various informal and more formal assessments throughout year 10 and 11.

You will be required to take part in two major performance evenings in year 11 – one in November and one in March to launch a muscial recording

75% of the assessment is coursework based, but you will also sit an exam worth 25% of your total qualification.

What type of activities take place in lessons?

Many of the music lessons will be practical, rehearsing your own pieces with other pupils. You may also choose Music Technology route where you will learn digital music production skills.

Students will study a variety of musical styles appropriate for their instrument or voice, before selecting their own choice of pieces for performance. They will also look at ways to improve their performance, by studying other artists and rehearsal techniques.

Students also explore the many career pathways in the music industry and associated jobs.

One of the key reasons that BTEC is successful is that it builds on the strengths and interests of each pupil, and so the optional units are chosen carefully with each individual student.

Students become responsible for some of their own learning and research, and so BTEC helps you to become

What type of homework tasks will be set?

  • Instrumental practice.
  • Organising ensemble rehearsals with others.
  • Research.
  • Organising presentations.
  • Writing up or completing class work.
  • Recording.
  • Digital music production
  • Revision

Access to a computer at home can be helpful but if this is not possible, students must be prepared to spend some extra time completing work at lunchtime or after school.

Useful links

All of the assignment briefs and help sheets are available on the Sunbury Manor School VLE under MUSIC – YEAR 10/11 – BTEC

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html

How will this help students in the future?

Music is recognised as a challenging but enjoyable subject. Some students go on to study Music at A Level or the BTEC National Diploma, but you might just see it as a way of studying something creative and varied at Key Stage 4, a nice change from more 'academic' subjects!

How will this course build on Key Stage 3?

Music at Key Stage 4 centres on performance, extending much of the work we have covered in Key Stage 3, performing as a solo and group work. There are opportunities to expand your knowledge of recording, look at a variety of roles in the music industry and explore the many different paths a musical career can take.

What Skills will I develop?

Musicians are recognised as being well-rounded people who can work independently and are able to persevere at a skill. Making music develops your teamwork skills and allows you to explore your creativity.

It will also give you the skills you need to go away and make a career in the music industry.