Glossopdale School

-Music

Curriculum Content: Music

Aims and ambitions:

  • To develop students’ skills in performing, composing and appraising Music
  • To develop confidence in performing as an individual and group member
  • To give students an opportunity to develop skills on a variety of instruments and as vocalists
  • To give students an opportunity to create their own music from a variety of stimuli
  • Develop a passion for a wide variety of Musical styles/genres
  • To develop students’ ability to identify, describe and explain a variety of Musical styles/genres
  • To develop students’ ability to appraise their own and others’ music, both in verbal and written forms
  • To develop students’ ability to be able to make improvements to their performances and compositions

 

 

Year group

Topics include

By the end of the year, students should be able to:

7

  • The Elements of Music
  • Pitch Perfect (Notation)
  • Intro to Ukulele
  • Bright Ideas (Composition)
  • Rhythm (The Music of Africa)
  • Pop Performance

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by a variety of practical performance and composition tasks and activities.

  • Identify the notes on the keyboard
  • Read musical notes on the treble clef stave
  • Perform a simple keyboard piece with one hand
  • Perform a simple melody and at least one chord on the Ukulele
  • Use simple TAB notation
  • Read basic rhythms
  • Compose music using some of The Elements of Music
  • Compose music using various structures and stimuli
  • Make improvements to their practical work using teacher feedback and self assessment

8

  • Britpop
  • Melody and Harmony
  • Music for Animation
  • The Music of Asia
  • Ukulele Performance
  • Intro to Music Tech.

 

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by a variety of practical performance and composition tasks and activities.

 

 

 

  • Play at least 3 chords on keyboard
  • Read extended musical notes on the treble clef stave
  • Perform a keyboard piece with chords and melody (individually or as a pair)
  • Perform at least 3 chords on the Ukulele
  • Use TAB notation confidently
  • Perform a role within a musical ensemble
  • Read a range of rhythms
  • Compose music using some of The Elements of Music
  • Compose music using various structures and stimuli
  • Make improvements to their practical work using teacher feedback and self assessment
  • Use the Bandlab website confidently

9

  • Soundtrack
  • The Blues   
  • Riffs and Hooks        
  • Dance Music             
  • Song             
  • Music and the Media

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by a variety of practical performance and composition tasks and activities.

  • Perform the Blues chords sequence on keyboard
  • Improvise on a Blues scale
  • Perform a Blues keyboard piece with chords and melody (individually or as a pair)
  • Perform a range of existing Riffs and Rooks instrumentally and/or vocally and create their own
  • Compose a Song and/or rearrange an existing one (individually and/or as a group)
  • Compose music to a specific brief (film, TV, commercial etc)
  • Make improvements to their practical work using teacher feedback and self assessment
  • Use the Bandlab website confidently and fluently to create a coherent and stylish Dance Track

10

  • Musical Forms and Devices (including set work 1: ‘Eine Kleine Nacht Musik’ by Mozart)       
  • Popular Music (including set work 2: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Rainbow)
  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by GCSE style performance and composition coursework tasks and listening/appraising exam style written tasks.

There will be mock exams in April/May using GCSE-exam papers.

  • Perform confidently as a soloist and ensemble musician instrumentally and/or vocally
  • Read and write confidently using at least one form of musical notation
  • Compose music within a set genre and structure
  • Appraise music from a range of genres and musical periods in verbal and written form
  • Recognise key musical theoretical knowledge
  • Use ‘The Elements of Music’ to appraise music and improve their practical work
  • Compose music using various structures and stimuli
  • Make improvements to their practical work using teacher feedback and self assessment
  • Use Music Technology programmes/websites e.g. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Cubase etc

11

  • Musical Forms and Devices (including set work 1: ‘Eine Kleine Nacht Musik’ by Mozart)       
  • Popular Music (including set work 2: ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’ by Rainbow)
  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music

 

 

Assessment:

Students will be assessed by GCSE style performance and composition coursework tasks and listening/appraising exam style written tasks.

Performance and composition coursework will need to be submitted by the end of April.

There will be mock exams in December and March using GCSE-exam papers. The final examination is  in May/June.

  • Perform at least two pieces confidently as a soloist and ensemble musician instrumentally and/or vocally
  • Read and write confidently using at least two forms of musical notation
  • Compose music within a set genre and structure
  • Appraise music from a range of genres and musical periods in verbal and extended written form
  • Recognise key musical theoretical knowledge
  • Use ‘The Elements of Music’ to appraise music and improve their practical work
  • Compose extended music (two pieces) using various structures and stimuli
  • Make improvements to their practical work using teacher feedback and self assessment
  • Skilfully use Music Technology programmes/websites e.g. Sibelius, Pro Tools, Cubase etc

GCSE Key Information

Qualification

GCSE Music

Exam board

EDUQAS

Website link

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

Exam structure and content

We follow the two year linear GCSE Eduqas Music course.

Students are tested on three skill areas:

 

Component 1 – Performing – 30% (non-exam assessment)

All students are required to perform a minimum of two pieces of which at least one must be as part of an ensemble performance lasting at least one minute. The other piece(s) may be performed either solo and/or as part of an ensemble. Total duration of performances 4-6 minutes.

 

 

Component 2 -  Composing – 30% (non-exam assessment)

Students are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of music through composing. All students are required to create and develop musical ideas in relation to given and chosen briefs. Students must submit two compositions with a total playing time of between 3-6 minutes.

 

Component 3 – Appraising – 40% (written examination - 1 hour 15 minutes (approximately))

This examination will assess knowledge and understanding of music through the

following four areas of study:

  • Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices
  • Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble
  • Area of study 3: Film Music
  • Area of study 4: Popular Music

 

 

Recommended revision guide

https://www.illuminatepublishing.com/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=170

Extra-curricular opportunities in

A range of bands and choirs.

Accessing Eduqas website to aid preparation for GCSE, using past papers.

Listening to set works, music for the Areas of Study and other recommended pieces.