Studying music can give you a great mix of social, technical and business skills, building problem solving, research, planning, analytical and thinking skills as well as developing individual creativity. Music develops the ability to create, perform and respond to music emotionally and intellectually. The skills, knowledge and experiences enrich students lives and allow them to think creativity and as a team. Music students will develop into disciplined individuals who can discuss, communicate, engage and understand a wide variety of music and cultures. They will also have the opportunity to develop technical skills through using computers, equipment and software to create and record music.

Key Stage 3:

Music 7 8

How are students assessed at Key Stage 3?

Students will be given a minimum expected grade for GCSE and they will be assessed half-termly to establish whether they are on track, above, below or significantly below.
Students are assessed on the three strands performance, composition and appreciation. Students will have the opportunity to develop technical and creative skill in a range of musical styles. Students are given regular verbal feedback and when assessed (half-termly) are recorded and given targeted areas for improvement. Students sit a practical and listening paper at the end of Key stage examination in the summer of Year 9. The development of skill in performing, compositing and appreciation prepares students for a GCSE Music examination.

Groupings

Due to the practical nature of the subject students will be expected to work in mixed ability groupings and become independent learners.
How are students assessed at key stage 3?
Year 7 & 8 – Students will be tested weekly on spellings, terminology and understanding of the course content. Every half term they will have a formal practical assessment in groups and an individual evaluative written task.
Year 9 – Students will be tested verbally and through written work on a variety of spellings, terminology and course content every lesson. There is a formal written and practical assessment every half term. They will also receive an end of year practical examination.

Music Homework

In year 7, 8 and 9 students will be issued homework once a fortnight. The tasks will be practical, evaluative or research based.

Key Stage 4:

Music KS4

How are students assessed at Key Stage 4?

Students will develop skills under the three strands of Performing, Composing and Appreciation. Students are assessed 60% Practical work 40% written/listening paper. They will study in detail a set professional works, which explore different styles and periods. These can be viewed on the exam board website www.edexel.org.uk or on the school VLE. Students are regularly assessed on their performance, composition and listening/written work. Following assessments students are given strengths and feedback on how to further improve their work. In year 11 students will complete two controlled assessments where, they are given set hours to create their final creative and performances pieces. Final assessment is by; examination, students’ performance work is recorded and sent away to an external examiner and a final written and listening paper.

In year 10 and 11 students will get homework every week. Some homework will form part of assessments and others will be compulsory group rehearsals and practical skill based tasks.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE- Students are assessed 60% Practical work 40% written and listening papers.
In year 10 and 11 students will get homework every week. Some homework will form part of assessments and others will be compulsory solo/group rehearsals and practical skill based tasks.

Enrichment/Extension Activities

• School Musical
• School Winter/Spring performances in the main hall.
• London overnight theatre experience.
• Careers day at Derby Theatre.
• Music technology workshops.
• School Band.
• Learn an instrument.
• Recording studio visit..
• School band.
• Learn an instrument
• Drumming Club
• Flute Group
• Urban Choir
• Music Technology
• Recording Studio
• Live Musical performance

Want to learn to play an instrument?
Playing an instrument relieves stress, builds confidence, develops creativity, improves memory, develops discipline and provides a sense of achievement.

Music lessons on offer;

• Guitar
• Drums
• Woodwind
• Brass
• Keyboard
• Singing

For more information see Mr McColgan or Mrs Davies

Careers information/next step information

After GCSE Music…
BTEC, A-Levels, Undergraduate Degrees, Master Degrees, PHD’S.

Examples of Music Careers
Musician, Composer, Teacher, Arts Administrator, Stage Manager, Lighting Designer, Set Designer, Rehearsal Director, Music Therapist, Education, Music Photographer, Costume Designer, Music Critic, Media

Contact Information

Hannah Davies
Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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Jonathan Upton
Deputy Learning Director for Expressive and Performing Arts
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