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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Music

Head of Department: Stephanie Lawrance (Contact)


Key Stage 3

Year 7

Course outine:

Elements of Music

During the Autumn term students learn about Timbre, Dynamics, Texture, Melody, Rhythm, Metre, Tonality and Structure. They begin to compose music fit for particular occasions and start to develop crucial performance skills.

Rock and Roll

Students learn about the history and evolution of popular music. They study Elvis Presley and get to know some of his most famous tunes.

Aeleatoric/Experimental Music

Students gain an understanding of graphic notation and develop composition skills to reflect images rather than conventional staff notation.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

Music from the Baroque period

Bach, Vivaldi and Pachelbel are among some of the composers introduced to students in this unit. They explore famous works from Baroque composers and learn about music from 1600-1750.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

Year 8

Course outine:

Music from the Classical Period

Students are introduced to Haydn and work on the keyboards to perform one of his famous melodies. They are introduced to time signatures and compose a piece in ¾ time.

World Music

During this topic students explore music from Jamaica, Indonesia and India.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

TV Themes

Students gain an understanding of the power that music has in creating characters and atmospheres. They compose music for characters that they have created and have a go at playing some famous TV themes.

Music Technology

Over a 6 week block of lessons students compose music using software called Cubase Elements 8. They explore loops and counter-melody in order to create a piece for computer voices. This also launches them on the software that we use at Key Stage 4 to compose GCSE composition coursework.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

Year 9

Course outine:

Music from the Romantic Period

Building on from the work done on the Baroque and Classical music periods in Year 7 and Year 8 students learn about music from 1810-1900.

Britpop

Students learn about the battle of the bands in the 90s and the impact that has had on today’s music. They develop their chord playing and understanding of harmony.

Film Music

Students analyse different film clips gain an understanding of the importance of music in a film. They have a go at playing James Bond and Mission Impossible themes before composing a theme of their own for a chosen genre of film.

Musical Theatre

During this topic students learn about the evolution of musical theatre from opera to present day West End shows.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

Music Technology

Over a 6 week block of lessons students compose music using software called Cubase Elements 8. They explore loops and counter-melody in order to create a piece for computer voices. This also launches them on the software that we use at Key Stage 4 to compose GCSE composition coursework.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

How parents can support learning:

Encourage your child to listen to a wide variety of musical genres.

Please encourage your child to get involved in musical clubs/activities that are organised by the department.

Peripatetic instrumental lessons are also available during the school day (please contact Miss Lawrance or Mr Carter for more information).

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music is offered as an option choice for Year 10 and 11 students. We follow the AQA GCSE Music specification. The course consists of a balance between the three core components:

Component 1: Understanding Music (40%)

Contextual understanding and listening skills are assessed at the end of the course by a 1 hour 30 minute exam. It is split into two sections, the first is unfamiliar music and the second section is based on study pieces set by AQA.

Students spend Year 10 building up their musical vocabulary and the study pieces are introduced in Year 11. 

This is externally marked.

Component 2: Performing Music (30%)

Both solo and ensemble pieces are assessed in this component. A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which at least one minute must be the ensemble performance. Performances must be completed in the year of certification.

This is internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 3: Composing Music (30%)

Students produce two compositions, normally using music software. The first composition is to a brief which is set by AQA and changes every year and the second composition is free choice. The free composition is completed in Year 10 and the composition to a brief is completed in Year 11. A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

This is internally marked and externally moderated.