KS3 Music is taught for 2 hours over the 2 week timetable in Year’s 7 and 8. During this time all pupils follow the National Curriculum to improve their performing, listening, composing and appraising skills. They do this through studying and listening to a variety of styles of music; learning to compose in these different styles, learning to play instruments appropriate to these styles and then appraising their work. To help the students’ progress further in Music there are also a variety of extra-curricular music activities and groups they can take part in during form time, lunchtimes and after school and instrumental and vocal lessons are available in school through Musica Kirklees.
Singing Groups, All Saints Band, Steel Pan Groups, Rock Bands, Keyboard Clubs, African Drumming, Music Technology Club and the annual School Production.
GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles – popular music, world music, and classical music. There are opportunities to use music technology. Students will enjoy this course if they want to study a subject that:
- Involves performing.
- Involves listening to all kinds of music.
- Involves composing or arranging music.
- Gives an opportunity to play music with others e.g. rock groups, bands, orchestras or choirs.
- Gives an opportunity to learn more about and use music technology.
Examination Board and Syllabus: Edexcel Music (Code 2MU01)
The scheme of assessment comprises 3 components:
- Paper 1: Solo and Group Performance completed as coursework: 30% (It is recommended that students have instrumental or vocal tuition).
- Paper 2: 2 Compositions based on different Areas of Study completed as coursework: 30%.
- Paper 3: Listening and Appraising exam: 40% (One listening exam 1hr 45mins). Candidate to answer questions on all 4 Areas of Study.
- Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music 1700–1820.
- Area of Study 2:Vocal Music.
- Area of Study 3:Music for Stage and Screen.
- Area of Study 4:Fusions.
Each of these Areas of study contains two set works. All three aspects of musical knowledge (performing, composing and listening) are related to each other through the Areas of Study.
What can I do with a GCSE Music qualification?
GCSE Music is a good preparation for further musical study and a solid foundation for the AS/A levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC Level 3 qualifications in Music, Popular Music, Music Technology and Performing Arts. Students may also wish to take a GCSE in Music simply because they enjoy music and want to further develop their skills and knowledge. GCSE Music is also a good qualification to take if you are considering going into further education to study other subjects other than music as it shows you have a wide range of skills and interests.
Alternatively, students may wish to go into a job where it is useful to have had experience of music or where they will need to use some of the skills developed during this course. These might include careers in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching, or any job which involves communication and expressive skills.
- Mrs K Sidwell| Head of Music