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“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm and gaiety to life and to everything.”

– Plato

Key Stage 4

This course offers students the opportunity to develop their musical skills through performing, composing, listening and appraising music.

Unit 1: Listening and Appraising (40%)

Students will sit a 1 and a half hour examination at the end of the course. They will be expected to respond to questions from a variety of styles and traditions as well as answer questions based on set works. This is externally assessed.

Unit 2: Performing (40%)

Students are required to perform 2 pieces (one solo and one ensemble) on their chosen instrument or voice. All pieces are internally assessed and externally moderated.

Unit 3: Composing  Music (30%) Controlled Assessment

Students will compose a piece in the style of their choice but based on two areas of study. This composition is internally assessed and externally moderated.

In Year 10 students will acquire general music theory and composition skills. They will study Popular Song and World Music as part of the listening and analysis work. They will be required to submit a first ‘practice’ composition before Easter. In the Summer term they will prepare and perform their solo performance.

In Year 11 students will study the Western Classical tradition in listening and analysis as well as the exam board set works. They will sit a mock listening paper before Christmas. After Christmas students will continue working/editing their compositions as well as solo/ensemble performance work. All coursework will be revised and completed for submission by Easter of the exam year.

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