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Music

Music

Allowing students access to music making within and beyond the curriculum.

Learning in and through music will contribute to their overall development, and musical ability and talent will be identified, supported and celebrated.

Instrumental tuition is provided for Guitar, String, Woodwind, Voice, Piano and Brass instruments. Students who come to West Craven having begun learning an instrument will be given the opportunity to further develop their instrumental skills. For those who wish to begin lessons we have a selection of instruments that can be loaned out to pupils.

The Music Department is part of the Creative Department.  The Music Department is made up of two members of staff:
Mrs D Gray  
Miss J Thompson 

Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students develop an understanding of the musical elements, and how the role of music has changed through different times and societies.

All students perform in front of their peers and apply musical elements to their compositions. Students with instrumental skills are encouraged to utilise these in curriculum lessons. The majority of practical and composition work is done in small ensembles.

Assessment is based on performance tasks in class, along with independent learning which can be based on written tasks. As a department we use teacher, peer and self-assessment in all years. Year 7 are given a baseline test to ascertain their skills and knowledge of music.

The programme of study for each year is as follows:  

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 7

  • Bridging Unit and Rhythm & Notation
  • Arrangements, Structures & Variations
  • The Orchestra
  • World Music
  • Class Performance

Year 8

  • The Blues
  • Hip-Hop & Music Technology
  • Advertising & Film
  • Song Writing – 
    Hooks & Riffs, 
    The Beatles, 
    Ground Bass & Classical

Key Stage 4

AQA GCSE Music

The AQA GCSE music course allows students to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of being involved in playing, making and understanding music. Through which they have the opportunity to gain self-confidence by performing to others, develop social and team-working skills and exercise their creativity while engaging in activities which they enjoy. Prior knowledge of skill in an instrument is desirable but not essential. GCSE Music also provides a solid foundation for progression to music-related courses, including A-level Music, and a career in music related professions.

The programme of study for each year is as follows:

 

Term 1 (Winter)

Term 2 (Spring)

Term 3 (Summer)

Year 10

Component 1:
Theory
Component 2:
First Solo Performance pieces rehearsed and recorded
Component 3:
Composing work
Composing practice

Component 1:
Theory
Component 2:
Second  pieces rehearsed and recorded
Component 3:
Composing task

Component 1:
Recap and ongoing listening of Areas of Study
Component 2:
Third solo and first ensemble pieces recorded
Component 3:
Composing task

Year 11

Component 1:
Practical Aspects of the Listening Exam
Component 2:
Second ensemble piece recorded
Component 3:
Second composition, Composition brief set by the board

Component 1:
Practical Aspects of the Listening Exam
Component 2:
Performance pieces for final submission to exam board
Component 3:
Compositions final submissions to exam board

  • Practical Aspects of the Listening Exam
  • Past Papers 
  • Listening examination