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KS3 Curriculum

We encourage good musicianship from the beginning of the term in all of our KS3 pupils. We ensure that we develop the pupils’ skills in performing, composing and appraising music. In year 7, we cover the basics of music theory, how to effectively appraise music through studying Programme Music, as performing a wide variety of music from Viennese Waltz to Pop songs, and by the end of the year, being able to write their own songs. In year 8, we cover a wide range of musical genres and styles; from Musical theatre and Film music, to Samba, Salsa and Blues. We will also encourage composing through topics such as Theme and Variations and Fusions.

Approach to Assessment:

At KS3 we complete an assessment every half term, where we assess the skills that they show during their performances, or the musical techniques that they apply in their compositions. At the end of the year, there is a 1 hour listening paper to test the pupils’ appraising skills.

KS4 Curriculum

Currently we follow the Edexcel GCSE Music syllabus which is broken down into three components:

  • Performance: 1 solo performance and 1 ensemble performance (30%)
  • Composition: 1 free composition and 1 composition to a brief by Edexcel (30%)
  • Appraising: 1 hour 45 minutes listening exam taken at the end of Year 11 (40%)

The Appraising paper will cover set works from the four Areas of Study:

  • AOS1: Instrumental Music
  • AOS2: Vocal Music
  • AOS3: Music for Stage and Screen
  • AOS4: Fusions

A Level

Currently we follow the Edexcel A Level Music syllabus which is broken down into three components:

  • Performance: an 8 minute recital on their instrument.  (30%)
  • Composition: 1 free composition and 1 composition to a brief by Edexcel (30%)
  • Appraising: 2 hour listening exam taken at the end of Year 13 (40%)

The Appraising paper will cover set works from the six Areas of Study:

  • AOS1: Instrumental Music
  • AOS2: Vocal Music
  • AOS3: Film Music
  • AOS4: Popular Music and Jazz
  • AOS5: Fusions
  • AOS6: New Directions.

We also offer an Extra-Curricular AS Level in Music Technology. This follows the Edexcel AS Level syllabus.

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