Key Stage 3 Provision

The Schemes of Learning for Key Stage 3 are divided into three modular units. Each module lasts for a half-term. Throughout years 7, 8 and 9 all students are able to access provision of a one hour lesson per week in which they learn a wide range of performing, composing and listening and appraising skills.  All students will benefit from using our fully equipped music technology suite in specific modules.

Year 7 Schemes of Learning

Module 1
Understanding Music –  Rhythm & Metre

Module 2
Understanding Music – Keyboard Skills

Module 3
Music Ensembles

Module 4
Music Design

Module 5
Musical Futures 1

Module 6
Songs from Around the World

Year 8 Schemes of Learning

Module 1
African Music

Module 2
Blues and its Influences

Module 3
The Blues and Beyond

Module 4
The Riff

Module 5
Classical Pop

Module 6
Musical Futures 2

Year 9 Schemes of Learning

Module 1
Music & the Media

Module 2
Film Music

Module 3

Module 4
Popular Music

Module 5
Song writing

Module 6
Musical Futures 3

Key Stage 4 Provision

GCSE Music – AQA
All students have the opportunity to study music at GCSE level. The Key Stage 3 curriculum ensures that all students are equipped with the necessary skills and knowledge to proceed with confidence at Key Stage 4.

The GCSE Music course is delivered in accordance with the AQA specification. The units which students will study are shown below:

Unit 1: Listening & Appraising Music
(Written paper – 1 hour – 80 marks – 20%)

Students will be asked questions based on short musical excerpts taken from
all the five Areas of Study listed below:

Areas of Study
Rhythm & Metre
Harmony and Tonality
Texture and Melody
Timbre and Dynamics
Structure and Form

Students will explore the Areas of Study through three Strands of Learning.
The Western Classical Tradition
Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
World Music

Unit 2: Composing & Appraising Music
(Externally assessed – 40 marks – 20%)

Students will compose one piece of music based on two or more of the five Areas of Study.  Your composition must be linked to one of the three strands explored in Unit 1.

Unit 3: Performing Music
(Controlled Assessment – 60 marks – 40%)

Students will perform individually or through ICT and as part of a group.
You will perform two different pieces:
· One for ‘Individual Performance’/Technology based performance, lasting no more than five minutes.

· One for ‘Group Performance’ lasting no more than five minutes.

Unit 4: Composing Music
(Controlled Assessment – 30 marks – 20%)

Students will compose one piece of music which explores two or more of the five Areas of Study.  This may be in any style or genre. You will be given 25 hours of Controlled Assessment to complete this composition.

Key Stage 5 Provision

AS/A2 Music – AQA

The course is delivered in accordance with the AQA specification. Units 3 and 6 require the students to present a short concert programme where they will demonstrate their individual prowess on voice or their chosen instrument.

Unit 1: Influences on Music (written examination)
· The Western Classical Tonal Tradition (compulsory)
· British Popular Music from 1960-the present day

Unit 2: Composing: Creating Musical Ideas (coursework)
· Compositional techniques
· Free composition or pastiche in response to a given brief
· Arranging

Unit 3: Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas (coursework)
· Solo and/or ensemble performances

Unit 4: Music in Context (written examination)
· The Western Classical Tradition (compulsory)
· Four Decades of Jazz and Blues (1910-1950)

Unit 5: Composing: Creating Musical Ideas (coursework)
· Compositional techniques
· Free composition or pastiche in response to a chosen brief
· Arranging

Unit 6: Performing: A Musical Experience (coursework)
· A choice of solo, acoustic and/or technology-based performances

AS/A2 Music Technology – EDEXCEL

The course is delivered in accordance with the EDEXCEL specification. The specification involves practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have the opportunity to:

· sequence MIDI
· sequence audio
· record live instruments
· produce CDs
· composing using music technology

Students will have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology.

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1
TASK 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
TASK 1B: Multi-track Recording
TASK 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing
Students will study the development of popular music styles from 1910 to the present day.

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2
TASK 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
TASK 3B: Multi-track Recording
TASK 3C: Composing using Music Technology

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing
Students will develop their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material given by the examination board.

Extra Provision

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

Many students take advantage of the wide variety of instrumental or vocal tuition available here at Notre Dame Catholic College. Students have the opportunity to study the following:

· Vocal Studies: musical theatre, choral, pop
· Strings: violin, viola, cello, double bass, guitar, bass guitar
· Woodwind: flute, clarinet, saxophone, oboe, bassoon
· Brass: trumpet, French horn, trombone, tuba
· Percussion: drum kit, orchestral percussion
· Piano/keyboard
The music department also offers a wide variety of extra-curricular activities to enhance and develop curriculum learning. These activities are listed below:

Early Morning Music Club (Monday-Friday: 8am-8:30am)
Year 7 & 8 Choir
Chamber Choir
Wind/Soul Band
African Drumming Group
Steel Band
Samba Band
Gamelan Orchestra
Key Stage 3 Theory Club
Key Stage 4 & 5 Theory Club