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Music at Campsmount

We introduce students to a wide range of styles and abilities in Music lessons. 

At Key Stage 3 all students receive an hour a week of Music lessons.  In these lessons students develop their skills in Performance, Composition & Musical Appraisal.  Students will work in different sized groups from the whole class through to individual activities.

An outline of our Scheme of work is listed below:

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introducing Music Baseline Testing. Exploring the elements of music, experimenting with sound and graphic notation. Exploring rhythms, pulse and structure and learning about note values and ostinato Exploring timbre and different playing techniques through learning about the instruments and layout of the Symphony Orchestra.
  • Moving on with Structure and Melody.  Introducing simple musical structures through listening, playing composing and performing, with focus on notation and composing and performing with different scales.
  • Performance. The exploration of the voice and instrumental timbres through singing a wide range of different types of vocal music textures including two and 3 part harmony. Students learn about the musical tradition and sing songs from a range of musicals in a class performance. 

Year 8

  • Exploring Chords & Improvisation. Developing skills through improvisation and composition, using primary chords and structuring musical ideas. Exploring chords and bass lines and  exploring popular song from the 50’s to 00’s. 
  • Hooks and Riffs. Exploring the musical devices of Hooks and Riffs, developing understanding of composition and different styles of Dance music.  Developing skills on Garageband and composing their own pieces in response to a given brief.
  • Band Skills. Developing skills in performing as a Band. Students will learn to play band instruments, work with others on a group performance and perform a piece chosen as part of a group to an audience.  Exploring different notations, including tab, bar chords and lead sheets.

Year 9

Year 9 are following a different course which is equivalent to a GCSE grade. The course is the NCFE Performance V-Cert which is a vocational course in which students develop their skills in performance and their understanding of how to develop their performance skills. In the course there are 3 units to complete which involve learning to play an instrument to a GCSE level, developing performance and rehearsal skills, performing in front of an audience and organising their own performance as a group. The course has proved very popular and all students are enjoying their experience. They have competed one unit so far, which they learnt to play the Ukulele, developing their skills on the instrument from scratch, and then performing in front of an audience at the Christmas concert.

There is also an 'Extended Learning' programme for students in Key Stage 3.  Read more about this on the Extended Learning web page

Key Stage 4

Performance

30% of the course is performance. This is divided into two performances. 

For the SOLO performance students can either perform a traditional solo on their instrument, an improvisation, a sequenced performance (using the computer) or a realisation.

For the ENSEMBLE performance students can perform as part of a group or improvise in the group, complete a multi-track recording or direct an ensemble.

Students will have the chance to record their performances many times over the two year course.

Composition

30% of the course is composition in which students will create their own music.

This is divided into two compositions.

Each composition will be based on a separate area of study. This means the pieces must show influences from the area of study. For example students could compose a piece of music that is linked to Area of Study 3—Popular Music Context, where students could compose a piece of dance music or a jazz blues song. It could be anything as long as it can be related to the area of study. Students will produce a brief for each composition in which they will talk about what they are going to do and the elements from the style they will choose to use. The compositions will be produced using the Apple Macintosh computers and Logic and Garageband programs.

The compositions are a chance for students to show their musical creativity and flair.

Listening and Appraising

40% of this GCSE involves listening to and talking about music from the four areas of study and set works we will study .

Area of Study 1 -  Western Classical music 1600-1899. Study of the styles of music from 3 musical periods with set works by Handel, Mozart and Chopin.

Area of Study 2 - Music in the 20th Century. Study of the development of music styles and the use of technology with set works by Scheonberg, Bernstein and Reich.

Area of Study 3 - Popular music in context. Study of popular music and its developments through set works by Miles Davis, Jeff Buckley and Moby.

Area of Study 4 -  World Music. Study of music from different traditions including the Folk traditions, Indian music and African music. There will be a listening test at the end of Yr11 where you will answer questions related to the areas studied.

Key Stage 5

BTEC Level 90 Credit Diploma. This is a two-year qualification and is equivalent to 1.5 A Levels. It gives students a wealth of musical experiences and transferable skills, preparing them to continue to undergraduate study or to the workplace.

Students study a broad and stimulating curriculum consisting of 9 units over the two years and they are truly relevant to the modern music industry today. Students will undertake a mixture of practical and theoretical/analytical work which is all coursework based, with no final examination.

This is a performance-based course, which will involve exploring varied topics from Solo Performance and Ensemble skills to navigating the music industry as a freelancer. Students will work in a range of areas including music history, performance techniques and rehearsal skills, understanding the Sound and Music Industry, and they can choose from a range of optional units including composition, arranging, aural skills and Music Production techniques.

The course will involve two compulsory units:-

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • The Sound and Music Industry

Then 7 optional units to be chosen from an extensive list, including:-

  • Arranging Music
  • Classical Music in Practice
  • Composing Music
  • Improvising Music
  • Listening Skills for Music Technologists
  • Marketing & Promotion in the Music Industry
  • Music Theory and Harmony
  • Live Music Workshop
  • Music Project
  • Pop Music in Practice
  • Studying Music from Around the World
  • Sequencing Systems and Techniques
  • The Music Freelance World
  • Solo Music Performance Skills
  • The Functional Music Keyboard
  • Singing Techniques and Performance

These units will be taught through practical sessions, individual sessions with an instrumental tutor, class discussions, research projects, interviews and discussions with musicians and freelancers within the music industry, practice blogs/diaries and performances.

Each unit is assessed internally and will be an evidence based assessment to show understanding and the completion of tasks to a specific standard. The units will be presented as a portfolio of evidence which may include tasks such as reports, interviews, audio and video recordings, listening tests, essays and presentation tasks and projects.

Music is taught by Miss Kerrigan.

Further Information

If you would like to discuss any aspect of the school curriculum please email: heads.pa@campsmount.com