Music enables you to develop your performance, composition, listening and theoretical understanding through a range of different musical styles, traditions and genres and using a range of instruments and the voice. Practical projects encourage you to focus on your skill development, as well as developing your creativity and appreciation of a wide range of music.
WHAT TOPICS WILL I STUDY DURING THE COURSE?
In KS3 you will study a variety of projects such as keyboard, vocal and ukulele performance skills, live lounge band skills, film music, and song writing.
For GCSE you will specialise on one instrument or voice to develop your performance and composition skills in styles that interest you, as well as learning about a range of musical styles such as popular music, film music, music for ensemble and western classical music. You will have the opportunity to take part in concerts, workshops and have instrumental lessons.
WHAT SKILLS WILL I USE AND DEVELOP?
You will develop your performance, composition, listening and theoretical understanding of music. You will develop technique on your instrument or voice and gain confidence in your playing or singing skills by working as a soloist and as part of a group. You will also learn how to create original pieces or songs. When listening to music you will learn to identify and describe certain aspects of the pieces or songs in a variety of styles, traditions and genres.
WHAT EXAMINATIONS WILL I TAKE?
KS3 programmes of study can lead to Eduqas GCSE Music.
HOW WILL MY WORK BE ASSESSED?
From Year 7 your work will be assessed using the GCSE specification and you will be given regular feedback to help you improve. You will be assessed on your accuracy, technical control and expression and interpretation for performances and on your creativity and development of ideas, technical control of musical elements and resources and structure and stylistic coherence for compositions. Your listening and appraising work will also be assessed.
HOW WILL THE COURSE HELP ME WITH MY FUTURE CAREER?
GCSE Music is excellent preparation for further studies in Music – either A Level or more vocational courses which in turn can lead to a degree or other professional qualification and careers in the music industry such as performer, session musician, composer, lyricist and also careers in events management, arts administration, media, music publishing, teaching and music therapy. Music is highly valued by employers as it shows you have excellent organisation, team work, independent learning and creative skills.
WHO SHOULD I CONTACT FOR MORE INFORMATION?
Miss E Wright