As a subject in its own right, Music builds confidence, persistence and expression.
Students start off having the opportunity to try out numerous instruments during which often leads to students taking up private instrumental lessons with one of our peripatetic teachers. This then leads onto further knowledge and experience in music performance, analysis, production and composition. Music is about mastering a chosen instrument and developing the ability and confidence to be able to perform and compose for a variety of situations. It is also about learning how to use musical terminology to analyse and describe music from all genres
Students receive two Music lessons per fortnight.
Students develop integrated skills in performing, composing and listening through a variety of topics. Activities in Key Stage 3 include: recognising and practising traditional notation, world music styles, composing for film, music and the media, rehearsing an ensemble and working within the music industry. All topics are designed to prepare students for potential extended study at Key Stage 4.
Students should expect to receive a variety of homework related to each unit of work. These are available on Show My Homework and may include regular keyword and spelling/definition tests, revision or practice activities for unit assessments/performances and/or research-based project tasks.
Students follow the Pearson Edexcel BTEC First Award in Music syllabus.
The BTEC Level 2 First Award is a two Year course, equivalent to one GCSE, and is a foundation for students who wish to pursue a career in music. The course specifically features skills in the music business and a chance to specialise in music performance or production. All students will have regular opportunities to perform as part of our Phoenix Performing Arts Academy at events throughout the year
Skills and Progression Routes
On completion of the course, students will have developed a number of skills including:
- Playing an instrument or singing with some experience at performing in front of an audience
- Having a good independent working ethic and effective time management
- Working well as part of a team
Some suggested progression routes and career opportunities this subject support include:
- Session Musician
- Music Editor
- Recording Artist
- Music Journalist
AS/A2Music | Pearson Edexcel
AS Level Music (1 Year)
A Level Music (2 Years)
8 Hours per fortnight
STUDENTS WILL NEED
Students will need to have at least five GCSE pass grades at a C or above including Music GCSE or an equivalence. Students will be expected to play, sing or perform outside tf the classroom as part of school and/or external music groups/productions.
STUDENTS WILL STUDY
AS Unit 1 Performing Music
AS Unit 2 Composing
AS Unit 3 Developing Musical Understanding
A level Unit 4 Extended Performances
A level Unit 5 Composition and Technical Study
A level Unit 6 Further Musical Understanding
Units 1 and 4 are internally assessed and externally moderated.
Units 2,3,5,6 are externally assessed
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