Music and Music Technology
Mrs E Dunbar: Subject Leader
Mr T Burnage (HPL)
Mrs K Welford
Mr I Wilson
Key Stage 3:
Overview of the course
Through a range of practical and analytical tasks, students will be taught the knowledge, understanding and skills needed to compose, arrange, perform, record, edit and evaluate music. In lots of ways the final musical product is a bonus, since so much of what we do develops key life skills, like tenacity, initiative and communication, alongside creativity and imagination.
What kinds of learning experiences do students have in Music at Huntington?
EXAMPLE UNITS OF WORK
Key Stage 4: GCSE Music
This is an immensely creative and fulfilling course suitable to a really wide range of musicians, with different tastes, and different starting points. Students can begin the course without being particularly skilled as an instrumentalist or vocalist but must have the desire to want to develop their playing or vocal skills.
We are often asked why students would want to take Music if they don’t want to be a musician when they leave school. Breadth and balance of subjects is really important at this stage of students’ learning. The most important thing is that students take Music at GCSE because they love it. Beyond that it’s a fantastic way to experience the challenges of working to a brief, working to external deadlines, and seeing a project through. It’s also a brilliant course for developing high quality analytical language, developing resilience, and enjoying seeing a job well done.
60% coursework controlled assessment, 40% examination.
Unit 1 Listening (40%): Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music. (similar style to listening tests at GCSE)
Unit 2 Performance (30%): 1 solo, 1 group piece (15% each)
Unit 3 Composition (30%): 2 Compositions. 1 to a brief, 1 free.
Examination board: AQA
- AQA course details: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/music/specifications/AQA-8271-SP-2016-V1-0.PDF
- Focus on Sound (students have a personalised log in) http://www.focusonsound.com
- Music dept student resources found on: L\Music\Student Access\Resources\GCSE