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.