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Curriculum Statement for Music

MUSIC

Subject Leader – Mrs S Du Toit

sdt@pewsey-vale.wilts.sch.uk

Music

Music at Pewsey Vale School is a stimulating and vibrant environment where all students are encouraged to perform and compose music irrelevant of their previous musical experience. Different themes are covered throughout the year encompassing three main learning objectives:

  • Listen, Appraise and Musical Notation
  • Performance
  • Composition

At Key Stage Three, Music is taught for a single lesson per week. During these lessons students will be given the opportunity to develop their practical musical ability using the classroom instruments, electronic keyboards, guitars and ukuleles. Throughout the course they will also learn how to read and understand the basic building blocks of music and apply this knowledge to compose and appraise their own and other students’ work. 

Year 7

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September – October The Elements of Music with specific emphasis on note duration 

Listening: Element identification

Notation: Note duration, Time signature, Bars, Bar lines

Composing and Performing: Elements composition

Element Poster
November – December Keyboard Skills 

Performance: Black note March

Composition: Own Black note March

Performance in C Major

Appraise

Theory Revision worksheets
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January –February Graphic Notation  Composing and Performing own Graphic composition as an ensemble Complete classwork
March – April Stave Notation

Composing and Performing my own melody

Appraise

Notation: Treble clef notation

Theory worksheets
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April-May

The Symphony Orchestra

Program Music: Peter and the Wolf, William Tell Overture

Listening: Instrument identification

Performance: Theme from studied work

Research task on chosen instrument
June-July Ukulele: 4 Chord Songs

Solo Performance

Ensemble Performance: Play that Song

Theory worksheets

 

Year 8

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September – October

Ukulele: Finger picking

TAB notation

Treble Clef notation with ledger lines

Performance: Choose own piece from several options and difficulty levels

Appraise

Notation: Treble Clef notation with ledger lines

Complete class work
November – December Exploring Mood in music through “The Planets’ by Gustav Holst

Listening: Identify and explain how music elements create mood in music

Notation: Identifying Tones and Semitones

Ensemble Performance: Mars

Complete class work
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January –February

Tonality and Mood in Music

Scale Construction: Major, Minor, Chromatic

Muse Score

Composition: The Missing Planet Complete classwork
March – April World music: Japanese Music Ensemble Performance: Sakura Research task: Japanese instruments
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - May World music: Indian music 

Performance: Improvise on Indian Ragas

Appraise

Composition: Indian piece using traditional Indian instrument timbres, structure and ragas.

Appraise

Listening tasks
June - July Latin American music

Solo performance: The Tango

Ensemble performance of a Latin piece using traditional percussion instruments.

Appraise 

Research Task: The Tango

 

Year 9

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September – October 

Ukulele: Finger picking

TAB notation

Treble Clef notation with ledger lines

Performance: Choose own piece from several options and difficulty levels

Appraise *Notation: Treble Clef notation with ledger lines 

Complete classwork
November – December

Tonality

Major, Minor and Chromatic Scales

Listening: Identifying tonality by ear

Solo or Ensemble Performance: Chromatic piece

Appraise

Notation: Constructing scales 

Complete classwork
Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January –February Musical Conventions in Film Music 

Listening: Identifying the musical elements in different film genres

Performance: Solo or ensemble performance of a chosen film piece

Appraise

Composition: Creating my own leitmotif

Appraise

Research task: Famous film composer
March – April  Film Music continues Composition: Compose music for a Horror or Sci-Fi film using the appropriate musical elements and a storyboard Complete classwork
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - May  The Blues 

Performance: Improvise using the Blues Scale

Appraise

Listening tasks
June-July Conventions of Popular music Performance: Ensemble or solo performance of chosen Research Task: The music Industry 

 

Assessment
Assessment will take place at the end of each project. Students will be assessed against Key Stage three assessment matrices for Music. During the course of their study, these levels can go up and down depending on the student’s individual ability in each of the three learning areas: Performance, Composition and Listening, Appraise and Notation. Final levels will be based on an aggregate of all three areas. We will always encourage interested students to extend projects beyond the minimum requirement and every lesson will have several worksheets of different difficulty levels available to cater for all abilities.

Click for access to Assessment Matrices

Assessment Matrices

Equipment
Ruler, sharp pencil, rubber and blue or black pen.

Extra-Curricular Activities

Pewsey Vale offers the following peripatetic instrumental lessons: Brass, Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Guitar, Drums and Keyboard. These lessons take place during school hours. For more information please contact the Head of Music.

Other extra- curricular activities include a Ukulele Band and School Orchestra. A time table will be made available to all interested students.

GCSE Music
Examination Board: WJEC/ Eduqas
Specification: Music

Specification link

www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse/eduqas-gcse-music-spec-from-2016-d.pdf

Overview
The course is divided in three components:

Listening and AppraisingPerformance andComposition

Component 1: Listening and Appraising

Students will explore the music elements through listening and analysing music loosely categorised into 4 areas: 1. Musical Form and Devices 2. Music for ensemble (classical quartets, musical theatre, blues and jazz) 3. Film music and 4. Popular Music

The final assessment will take place by writing an externally marked paper counting 40% towards the overall grade.

Component 2: Composition

Students must submit two compositions of at least 2 minutes each. The first composition is a free choice while the examination board will set a composition brief for the second piece. Both compositions must be completed and submitted in May of the examination year for moderation as both pieces are internally assessed. This component counts 30% towards the overall grade.

Component 3: Performance

Students must submit two recorded performances equivalent to Grade 3 ABRSM standard in May of the examination year. One solo a d one Ensemble performance. These performances are internally assessed and moderated. This component counts 30% of the overall grade.

Year 10

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December

Theory and Harmony

Analysis

Performance

Written paper

Performance

Complete classwork

Theory worksheets

Practise instrument

Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Musical Form, Devices and elements

Performance

Listening Paper

Performance

Complete classwork

Listening exercises

Practise instrument

Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July

Music terminology

Instruments

Composition 1

Performance

Composition

Listening Paper

Written Paper

Revision Worksheets

 

Year 11

Autumn Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
September - December 

Music for Ensemble

Popular Music

Performance

Written paper

Listening Paper 

Complete classwork

Listening exercises

Practise instrument

Spring Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
January - April

Composition 2

Classical ensemble

Film music

Performance

Composition

Performance

Complete classwork *Listening exercises *Practise instrument
Summer Term Topic Assessment Home Learning
April - July Fusion *Revision * External paper: 1 h 15min Revision worksheets and papers

 

Assessment
Students are assessed using the exam board assessment sheets. Assessments are reported to parents/carers at intervals during the academic year.

Home Learning
Apart from homework set to reinforce class learning, it is expected of GCSE Music students to practise for at least 30 minutes each day. Although not compulsory, peripatetic instrumental lessons are highly recommended as it is impossible to monitor every student’s practical progress every week.

Useful resources:

Websites:

Youtube for listening exercises

www.eduqas.co.uk/students 

www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse/#qualSearch

Books, Articles and other Resources:

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music: Jan Richards

 

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