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Key Stage 3

All pupils receive one hour of class music each week in Years 7-9.

Pupils develop skills in performing (singing and playing), listening and appraising and composing music in groups through a variety of topics including the Instruments of the Orchestra, Music in Wales, World Music. Pupils develop group working skills as well as their own music al ability.

Key Stage 4

Music in Years 10 and 11 is a development of the work covered in Years 7-9.

The difference in year 10 and 11 work is due to the move over to a new syllabus.

Both Years: Performing and Composing

You will perform vocally or on an instrument, individually and in groups. You will perform during the course and in a final assessment. (30%)

You will compose as you did in Year 9, but on your own rather than in a group, and will have an opportunity to learn to write scores using own using Sibelius software. You will submit two compositions for your assessment. (30%)

Current Year 11: Appraising

You will listen to and appraise music from four areas of study: Wales, Forms and Devices, Evolution and Stage and Screen. You will sit a 1 hr and 30 min exam at the end of year 11. (40%)

Current Year 10: Appraising

You will listen to and appraise music from four areas of study: Forms and Devices, Music for Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music. There are two short set works as well as more general study of a wide range of music within the areas of study. These are assessed in a 1 hr and 15 min exam at the end of year 11. (30%)

The final 10% is made up of a programme note for one of your performance pieces and an evaluation of a composition, these are prepared in year 11 and submitted along with the composition.

Why study music at GCSE?

Studying music has many benefits, some subject related and others more general. You can learn to: perform and compose music; listen to features in music; develop your creative skills; develop your analytical skills; make decisions; work in teams; develop your communication skills. Studying music at GCSE level will prepare you either for further study in the 6th form or will help you to enjoy music more fully in your leisure time. During the course you will develop your creative and analytical skills which will assist you in your chosen career path.

Dates for your Diary                                                                     

2016- 2017

Concerts and Events:

3/10/16 – Open evening for year 6, 6.30-8.30

Wednesday 12/10/16 – Lesotho evening PLEASE NOTE CHANGE OF DATE

20/10/16 – Sixth form open evening

8/11/16 - ABRSM theory exams, school hall 5pm

8/12/16 – Christmas Concert, school hall, 7-9pm

Late February - Percussion group at Oswestry Festival (date TBC)

Music for Youth (TBC)

23/3/16- Spring concert, school hall 7pm

29/6/16 - Summer concert, school hall 7pm

July TBC - Maelor Music Society Summer Supper (chamber groups only).


GCSE and A-level:

9/2/16 – Year 12/13 AS and A2 mock recital evening, school hall, 5-6.30pm

27/2/17 – 21/3/17 GCSE practical window

6/3/17-28/4/17 AS and A2 practical exam window

7/4/17 GCSE composition submission deadline

2/5/17 AS and A2 composition submission deadline

22/5/17 AS music listening exam (am)

9/6/17 GCSE music listening exam (pm)

19/6/17 A2 music listening exam (am)

2016/17 extra-curricular programme

Day/ Time Lunchtime 12.30 3.30 - 4.30


Theory Brass (12.30)

Woodwind (12.50)




String Orchestra


Big Band (week 1)/

 Chamber Group (week 2) 

GCSE & A-Level Study Session



Senior Choir





All welcome       By Invitation       Your teacher will tell you when you are ready for this group


2016/17 Instrument lessons

Day/ Time Practice Room Music Office


Brass am

Woodwind pm



Lower strings 8.45-10.15 week1

Upper Strings 10.15-3.30

Lower strings 2.00-3.30 week 2



Piano  9.15-5.00

Singing 12.30-3.10


Piano 9.15-2.10

Percussion 2.10- 3.30 Percussion 4.00-5.00



Piano 9.15- 12.10

Guitar 12.30- 3.30

Piano 3.30-5.00