The music course is to give students the opportunities to develop their understanding and
appreciation of a range of different kinds of music that reflect our cultural heritage, extend
their own interests and increase their ability to make judgments about musical quality through GCSE.
Carry out detailed research into your instrument selecting as appropriate from:
range, characteristic timbre, technical strengths, limitations, use in different genres,
impact on ensembles, idiomatic techniques including the use of ICT,
contextual influences on the way it is used, including the cultural environment
You will study how musicians work together by exploring:
• How a solo part is supported and enhanced by an accompaniment in:
Voice with single instrumental accompaniment
lead voice/instrument with ensemble
• How parts combine in ensembles
• The impact of large musical forces in choral singing
You will study the characteristic features and rhythmic patterns of three types
of social dance from contrasting social/historical/geographical contexts:
• Paired dance: Waltz, Latin Dance (Tango, Salsa)
• Group/folk/synchronised dance: Line Dance (Irish Jig & Reel, American Line Dance) Bhangra
• Improvised dance: Club Dance, Disco
Music is a highly expressive medium.
You will explore how composers have used music to convey stories, paint pictures
and set scenes from the Romantic period to the present day, through:
• Programme Music (Symphonic music from 1820 onwards)
• Film Music
In year 10 and 11 students integrate their performing, composing and listening skills
into the following assessments:
1 Ensemble performance
1 Solo performance
Creative Task Exam
Homework will be set regularly. It will often include written work based on listening work
during the lesson and learning of key words and their meanings.
Pupils are assessed frequently and will be expected to revise thoroughly for each assessment.
Homework is essential in order to complete the course and allow time for a thorough revision.
Parents can help by checking their child’s files regularly to monitor targets set through marking.
Parents can also check the quality of answers and ask students if they have explained all points within their answers.
Finally, parents can use the OCR Website to access Past Papers and Mark Schemes to help students prepare for Exams.
Students follow a syllabus in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum, comprising Listening, Appraising, Performing and Composing. Topics include;
Singing Assessment, Entry Assessment, Music Theory, What Makes a Good Song, Eight Bar Melody, Instruments of the Orchestra, Impressionism, Latin Beat and Own Choice which will be taught through listening, performing and composing exercises.
Students follow a syllabus in accordance with the demands of the National Curriculum, comprising Listening, Appraising, Performing and Composing. Topics include; Going Solo, Night Music, Reggae, Making Connections, Jazz Improvisations and Own Choice which will be taught through listening, performing and composing exercises.