Music

Aims of the Department

To provide a wide ranging, thought provoking and enjoyable music education for every student.  To enable students to listen to, perform and compose music from a variety of cultures, countries, traditions and historical eras.

A level Music

Course Details

Component 1 : Performance

Students must perform for a minimum of 10 minutes. It can be either a solo or ensemble performance. The performance is recorded and marked externally.

Component 2: Composition

Students are required to compose 2 pieces. One of the compositions can either be a free choice composition or it can be linked to one of the areas of study. It must last at least 4 minutes in duration. The other composition is completed from a set brief and must last at least 1 minute in duration. Students will use music software on the iMac computers and the final compositions will be marked externally.

Component 3: Appraising music

This is an exam paper with listening and written questions using excerpts of music. Students will have to study set works from the following Areas of Study:

Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.

The exam requires students to answer listening questions and write an essay relating to these specific set works. Students will also learn about the genres of music that the set works come from. They will listen to some unfamiliar music and write an essay relating their set works to the music that they have heard.
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Assessment

Component 1: Performance (30%)

Component 2: Composition (30%)

Component 3: Appraising music (40%) 

Enrichment opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in concerts and also attend trips to theatres and concert halls. Many of our sixth formers become Music Ambassadors which means they develop their musical skills by helping in Music lessons throughout the school. 

Progression

Music and Music Technology are both studied at university and the A level course is excellent preparation for either of these courses.

With an A level in Music you can also make many career choices outside of Music; Law, Accountancy, Management Consultancy, Teaching, the Civil Service, PR, Journalism and the Media often look favorably on Musicians because they will have developed many skills such as numeracy, literacy and listening. They are able to analyse material quickly and intelligently. 

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BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate

Course details

The BTEC Extended Certificate in Music is designed for anybody wishing to start a professional career in music and for those who wish to continue studying music beyond sixth form. It is equivalent to one A level and is centred on performing, composing and/or the use of music technology.

The course is made up of 6 Units which will be studied over a two year period. Students may choose to study the Extended Certificate which is taught over one year and is the equivalent to an AS level.  This may be studied in Year 12 or 13 and could prove a good option as there is no end of course exam.

Year 12:

  • Ensemble Music Performance Techniques: Ensemble performances
  • Practical Music Theory and Harmony: Understanding and applying basic theory knowledge
  • Composing: Using the iMacs to create and develop compositional ideas to image and film

 

Year 13

  • Professional Practice in the Music Industry: Understand, evaluate and apply skills required for working professionally in the music industry
  • Music Skills Development: Develop individual listening, musical and technical skills
  • Solo Performance: Solo performances
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Assessment

All of the units are coursework based. Four units are marked internally and two units are completed under controlled conditions and marked by external examiners. 

Enrichment opportunities

Students have the opportunity to participate in concerts and also attend trips to theatres and concert halls.

Many of our sixth formers become Music Ambassadors which means they develop their musical skills by helping in Music lessons throughout the school. 

Progression

Music and Music Technology are both studied at university and the BTEC course is excellent preparation for either of these courses. It will also be very beneficial to anyone wishing to move into the music or entertainment industry; Performing Artist, Tour Manager, Producer, Technician, Engineer, Commercial Composer.