Music

Head of Faculty: Mrs S Wiltshire
Teaching Staff: Mr H Kops
Level of teaching: Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 at The New Sixth

St Mark’s School has an established reputation for producing students with exceptional talents in Music. With consistently outstanding GCSE results students are provided with a high level of teaching in well-equipped studios.

The courses available aim to equip students with knowledge and understanding of a variety of music genres helping them to establish their own styles and opinions. Projects are designed to explore creativity and talent in a fun and informative environment.

The department is very well equipped with 17 independent workstations and computers running professional software including Pro-tools, Cubase Studio 4, Reason and Sibelius. There is also an extensive range of instruments available for students to use.

Using the following topics, students are encouraged to develop their knowledge, experiment with core sounds and compositions, create new compositions and perform.

For further information about this course, please email the Head of Faculty, Mrs S Wiltshire
or telephone her on 01225 312661.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-9)

Year 7

Terms 1 & 2
Singing
Studying the Musical elements
Musical vocabulary
Polishing performances
Singing skills.
Song structure, and reading lyrics and simple rhythms.
Preparing for the Carol Service

Terms 3 & 4
Salsa.
Learn about Latin American Music/Culture
Recap elements of Music and vocabulary
Learn how to play Latin Percussion Instruments
Perform complex rhythms
Compose and notate own rhythms
Input rhythms over a backing track in Cubase Studio 4

Terms 5 & 6
Blues
Knowledge of Black Music/Culture
Instrumental skills
Blues Scale and song structure
Primary chords
Improvisation skills (instrumental as well as vocal)
Composing
Performing in a band to an audience


 

Year 8

Terms 1 & 2
Beethoven.
Study Graphic Notation
Learn to read note from the Treble & bass Clefs.
Keyboard technique
Major scales
Chromatic scales
Perform from notation
Learn to play fur Elise on the keyboard.
Self-assess performance skills

Terms 3 & 4
Music Technology
Vocal skills
Further keyboard techniques
Simple notation
Learning how to use Cubase Studio 4.
Learning arrangement/compositional skills
Upload own arrangements as ring tones to mobile phones

Terms 5 & 6
African Music.
African songs (in parts)
African instruments
Poly-rhythms
Developing song arrangement
Performing as a group
African Culture


Year 9

Terms 1 & 2
Rap
Learning Keyboard/Composition/Group work Skills.
Knowledge of Hip-Hop culture and modern Black Music
Composing own rap songs (Literacy)
Composing original backing tracks
Performing “live” to an audience
Video editing the performance
Using Cubase Studio 4 study Soundfonts and sampling
Using “Decks” and studying mixing and scratching techniques to enhance their performance

Terms 3 & 4
Reason
Learning how to use Reason
Learning arrangement/compositional skills
Following a rigorous course on using this software
Manipulating the software by using the editing suite
Developing musical skills learnt to mix the students own compositions
Composing a “House” jingle and Dance Track to be put on CD or as a mobile ring tone

Terms 5 & 6
Reggae
Performance and listening skills enhanced
Learning to play drums, guitar, bass guitar, keyboards and vocals as a band
Performing “live” in a Summer Concert
Music for Film
Using Cubase Studio 4 to import movies
Composing and performing an appropriate sound track to support the film


 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10-11)

Course Code: GCSE MusicAQA 8271
Exam Board Specification: http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/music/specifications/AQA-8271-SP-2016.PDF

Following on from their achievements at KS3, students are encouraged to further develop their knowledge, compositions and performances using the following core content:

  • Component 1: Understanding Music
  • Component 2: Performing Music
  • Component 3: Composing Music

Year 10

Terms 1 & 2
Popular song
Composing Music- using Cubase to compose a popular song
Performing Music – Performance test, practice log in preparation for GCSE performance
Understanding Music – Listening skills and music theory – In preparation for Section A test andSet work – Beatles Sargent Pepper’s – Performance
Study a score and become familiar with the music

Terms 3 & 4
Solo and group assessment
Composing Music- Compositions to be graded suggestions and refinements added
Performing Music – Revision
Understanding Music –Listening test 1&1/2 hours including World Music, Pop and Classical 16th — 21st Century

Terms 5 & 6
Classical composition
Composing Music- using Cubase to compose classical sonata
Performing Music – Performance test, practice log in preparation for GCSE performance
Understanding Music – Listening skills and music theory – In preparation for Section A test and Section B Set work – Haydn’s Symphony no 101 in D major “the clock” – Performance
Study a score and become familiar with the music


Year 11

Terms 1 & 2
Performance
Composing Music- Composition 1 to be started (to a brief)
Performing Music – Solo performance andGroup performance — both to prepare and be assessed for mocks
Understanding Music – 1 & 1/2 hour listening paper to prepare for — for Mock exam

Terms 3 & 4
Performance
Composing Music- Composition 1 and 2 to be completed
Performing Music – Solo and Group performance to be completed
Understanding Music – Exam fully prepared for

Terms 5 & 6
Course finished


 

Key Stage 5 (Years 12-13) taught at The New Sixth

Course Code: A Level MusicEdexcel 9MU0
Exam Board Specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-2016.html

This course is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students and to provide an excellent basis for life-long learning, higher education courses and progression into the music profession. At both AS and A2 Levels, students experience and further enhance their knowledge in all three main musical disciplines; performing, composing and listening and understanding.

AS Level:

Unit 1: Performing Music.

This unit gives students the opportunities to perform as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a six minute assessed performance. Notated and/or improvised performances may be submitted.

Unit 2: Composing.

This unit encourages students to develop their composition skills leading to the creation of two two-minute pieces in response to a chosen brief.

Unit 3: Appraising.

This unit focuses on listening to familiar and unfamiliar music and understanding how it works. Set works from the anthology provide the focus for the first two sections, through listening and studying scores.


 

A2 Level:

Unit 1: Performing Music.

This unit gives students opportunities to extend their performance skills as soloists and/or as part of an ensemble. Teachers and students can choose music in any style. Any instrument(s) and/or voice(s) are acceptable as part of a 12-15 minute assessed performance of a balanced programme of music.

Unit 2: Composing.

This unit has two sections: composition and technical study. The composition section further develops students’ composition skills. The technical study section builds on the knowledge and awareness of harmony. The total time across both submissions must be six minutes.

Unit 3: Appraising.

This unit focuses on listening to music, familiar and unfamiliar, and understanding how it works.


For more information on A Level Music, click here.

Enrichment and Links:

Enrichment opportunities:
http://www.classicfm.com/discover-music/music-quizzes/
http://www.wno.org.uk/

Additional learning:
www.musicteheory.net
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/
http://www.samlearning.com/

Web links/resources:
http://www.boosey.com/
http://www.wigmore-hall.org.uk/