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Key Stage 3

In year 7 you will learn how to read and perform melodies, perform chords on the pianos and ukuleles, compose music using a digital audio workstation and combine all these by creating a full remix of a famous pop song.

 

In year 8 you will learn the features of Calypso music and Reggae and perform music from these Caribbean genres. You will learn how to perform music from different film genres and compose your own film music using a digital audio workstation. In the summer term you will complete an extended pop music project.

 

In year 9 you will learn how to play more complicated pieces of pop music on the pianos, guitars and/or ukuleles. You will study the key features of musical theatre and create a full remix of the song Havana using a digital audio workstation.

 

Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4 the exam boards are EDUQAS and Pearson BTEC, we offer both a GCSE in Music and the BTEC Music first award, offering our students the opportunity to specialise in either performance, composition and appraisal (GCSE) or music performance and production and working in the music industry. (BTEC) 

 

The assessment structure for Eduqas GCSE 

 

Component 

Title 

Content

Weighting

Component 1

Solo and Ensemble performances. 

Here you will have to select, rehearse and perform two pieces of music of your choice, that meet the exam board criteria. One of which will be on your own, and the other playing as an ensemble (Group) of at least two artists where you play the lead instrument or voice

30% Internal assignment

Component 2

Music Composition


 

In this unit you will develop your own composition working from an exam board set brief. 

30% Externally set and Internal assessed

Component 3

Music appraisal

This is the final exam paper where you will listen to sections and phrases of music from the set areas of study and answer short to medium length questions. 

40% Written exam

 


 

BTEC First Award in Music: 

You will study four units and choice is dependent on chosen performance or technology pathway. 


 

Component 

Title 

Content

Weighting

Unit 7 

Introduction to sequencing, 25% NEA internally assessed (Music technology Pathway only)

In this unit  you will learn how to produce your own style of music inside the digital audio workstation Logic Pro,  from using midi instruments to adding effects and mixing

25% NEA internally assessed (Music technology Pathway only)

Unit 5 

Introduction to  music performance


 

In this unit you will identify your own strengths and weaknesses as a performer and develop a practice schedule to prepare for a live performance.  Selecting your own choice of song to perform.

25% NEA (Music Performance Pathway only)

Unit 4 

Introduction to music composition

In this unit you will compose a series of musical ideas in LOGIC PRO & further develop two of these.You will then select your favourite of these to refine into a final finished and fully mixed   

25% NEA internally assessed (Both Pathways) 

Unit 2

Managing a music product.

Here you will learn to work as a group and either put on your own musical event, managing all of the production logistics & performances. Or you will develop and manage your own group recordings of music produced during the course. 

25% NEA internally assessed (Both Pathways) 

Unit 1 

The Music Industry

During this unit you will learn about all of the aspects of working in the music industry, from being a promoter, to the copyright law as a producer. This is a tested component that you will sit an exam paper for. 

25% Examined component. Externally assessed

 

 

Unit 1 the Music industry 25% Examined component. Externally assessed

Unit 7 Introduction to sequencing, 25% NEA internally assessed (Music technology Pathway only)

Unit 4 Introduction to music composition, 25% NEA internally assessed

Unit 2 Managing a music product., 25% NEA internally assessed

Unit 5 Introducing music performance 25% NEA (Music Performance Pathway only)

 

Key Stage 5

In Key Stage 5 students can elect to study BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Digital Music Production or BTEC National Level 3 Extended Diploma in Music Performance

 

Digital Music Production:

 

Unit 

Title 

Content

Weighting

Unit 3

Music and Sound for Media

You will explore the production of the music, sound and effects that are used for media products such as games, films and apps. The skills you develop in this unit will help you to progress to employment in the music industry and to higher education

20% Internal assignment

Unit 6

DAW Production


 

You will develop an understanding of how a digital audio workstation (DAW) can be used creatively to produce music, manipulate audio and mix music. The ability to use a DAW competently is central in progression to higher education music technology courses, as well as professional work in recording studios, production, composing, film music and games.

20% Externally set and Internal assessed

Unit 8

Creative Synthesis and Sampling

You will explore the creative functions of synthesisers and samplers in making music and sound design. This unit establishes clear principles for further development to higher education and employment in the field of sound design, engineering, composing and producing.

20% Written exam

Unit 10

Remixing and Reworking

You will learn the skills required to create effective remixes and reworks of existing musical material. These skills will not only contribute towards the careers of the aspiring producer and DJ, but also roles such as sound engineering, composing for media, audio post-production and songwriting.

20%

Unit 13

Mixing and Mastering Techniques

You will learn how to mix and master a project to a professional standard. These skills are an essential element of all aspects of the music and sound industry.

20%

 

Music Performance:


 

Unit 

Title 

Content

Weighting

Unit 1

Practical Music Theory and Harmony

You will develop your knowledge and understanding of the fundamentals of music theory and harmony, and apply your understanding in practical scenarios.

25%

Unit 2

Professional Practice in the Music Industry


 

You will explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put forward a bid for work. This unit outlines the qualities that industry professionals expect of people working with you in order to progress, whether to employment or higher education.

25%

Unit 3

Ensemble Music Performance

You will learn how to work as part of a musical ensemble and develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance. You will develop key communication and interpersonal skills and learn how to work effectively as a team.

25% 

Unit 6

Solo Performance 

You will explore the preparation and performance of music as a soloist, learning how to maximise practice time, rehearse effectively and develop your technical skills. Students will explore the key aspects of solo performing.

25%

Staff Contacts

Name Role Email
Mr G Austin-Woodward Director of Faculty gwoodward@tla.woodard.co.uk
Mrs S Bridle Assistant Director of Faculty sbridle@tla.woodard.co.uk
Ms L Lyons Teacher llyons@tla.woodard.co.uk
Mr C Dearman Teacher cdearman@tla.woodard.co.uk

 

Enrichment

Year 7 Choir Tuesday in MU02 3-4pm

Senior Choir Wednesday in MU01 3-4pm

Ukele Club Wednesday in MU03 3-4pm

Orchestra/ Chamber Group. Friday in MU03 3-4pm

 

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