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Mrs V Glynn Curriculum Team Leader

Music Overview

MMusic is delivered throughout KS3 for one hour per week and can be chosen as an option in KS4 and studied to GCSE level.

Performance, composition and listening are the three key components upon which the schemes of work are based, with a practical emphasis using electronic keyboards, computers, percussion and voices.

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KS3 Structure

All students are base-line tested for keyboard performance and aural ability at the start of Year 7. This will be revisited at the start of Year8 and 9.
All students are taught to use music technology via Yamaha electronic keyboards with built-in multi-track sequencers and iMac computers.
All students will experience live and recorded vocal music.
All students will use computer-technology to aid their independent learning in listening activities and as a composition tool.
All students will have an individual exercise book in which to record their written work, and an individual workbook for their listening tests.
Music staff will keep recorded examples of sampled student performance and composition work, in digital format.

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KS3 Content


Introduction to music
Introduction to keyboards
Performance skills
Graphic and notation scores
Composing skills
Western and Gamelan orchestra
Descriptive music
Vocal skills and listening scores
Rhinegold listening tests


Latin – American music
Vocal scores and skills
Bhangra – listening/composing
Pentonic – based music.  Performance
Modes – Rock music
Rhinegold listening tests
Ternary Fom – composing/arranging/performing


Vocal scores and skills
Whole tone and Impressionist
Blues Music Project
Blues Performance/Composition
Club Mix Music
TV and Film themes performance
Film Music
Rhinegold listening tests

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KS4 Structure

The OCR Syllabus J535 for GCSE Music is followed, with set areas of study and performance / composition components.
The course is 75% practical, the students prepare performances and  compositions which are internally marked and externally moderated, and sit an hour-long listening paper at the end of Year 11 which is  externally marked and worth 25%
There are opportunities to use computer-based composition skills and any acoustic or electronic instrument for performance, or the voice may be used if preferred.
During Year 10 the course is more practically based, and in Year 11 the introduction of written responses to listening work is introduced.

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KS4 Content


Spotlight on My Music, Performance in main area of study
Composition skills linked to performance
Listening skills



Creative task
Listening and analysing

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Additional Information

There are opportunities in KS3 and in KS4 to participate in performance groups and concerts.
There are “showcase” concerts for students to perform live instrumentally or vocally.
There is a College Choir which rehearses weekly throughout the year.
There is a College Orchestra which rehearses weekly.
There are orchestral and instrumental ensembles that meet to rehearse and perform.
Peripatetic tutors teach individuals and small groups in College and at the Arts In Education Centre.
There are vocal performance opportunities within the Expressive Arts annual show

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