Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.
During KS3, students receive a grounding in music. This should lead on, ideally, from KS1 and KS2 musical experiences at primary school, following the National Curriculum for England.
Over the two years, the students will study the following:
Students will develop skills:
Assessment at KS3 is now organised in-line with the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE in Music since the demise of National Curriculum Levels of Attainment. This will allow students to become accustomed with the language and grading criteria used at higher key stages.
Students will be assessments in a range of skills:
*Performing marks are scaled according the difficulty of the piece performed
Music is something encountered by everybody during their day-to-day life, whether it is through music broadcast on the radio, television or internet, accompanying a film or performed in rehearsals and concerts by individuals. GCSE Music aims to develop students' musical skills which have emerged through KS3 and enable them to build upon these through performing, composing and listening and appraising.
During the course, students will study for different Areas of Study, each with two prescribed 'set works'. Additional wider listening is highly recommended in all areas.
The three areas of performing, composing, listening and appraising, are integrated and the flexibility of approach allows pupils to capitalise on their special interests. The course is designed for a wide range of musical abilities and follows on from KS3 work.
GCSE Music is assessed into three units or components, with the first two being operated as 'controlled assessment', which are internally assessed and externally moderated:
Students are marked for each performance out of 30, where marks are distributed between technical control, expression & interpretation and accuracy & fluency.
GCSE Music can lead on to many different career choices for the future. From performing as a professional musician to conducting, teaching (instrumental or classroom) or composing, to arts administration or working in a recording studio, GCSE Music can help to take you there. GCSE Music helps lead onwards to GCE Advanced Level qualification in Music (Music Technology as well as BTEC Level 3 Music qualifications) and towards degrees in Music and Music Technology. Employers view music as a favourable subject as it necessitates the use and development of both creative and academic skills.
Music is a highly enjoyable subject to study and the "New Wave" GCSE 9-1 will help to develop an understanding of music as well as a general awareness of music. With a wide range of music under the Areas of Study, we believe students' interest will be maintained and developed throughout the course.
To further develop knowledge of their own performance skills, it is an expectation that students seeking to follow GCSE Music will actively participate in music - practicing regularly and participating in one or more of the many musical ensembles that operate here at BUCHS.
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