Music Course Overview

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The Music Course

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.

Topics covered over two years of the course

AOS 1: My Music (Spotlight on my Instrument)

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

AOS 2: Shared Music (Musical Relationships and Roles)

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

AOS 3: Dance Music

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

AOS 4: Descriptive Music

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

Course Assessment

In year 10 and 11 students integrate their performing, composing and listening skills
into the following assessments:

2 Compositions
1 Ensemble performance
1 Solo performance
Creative Task Exam
Listening Exam

Homework

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.

How parents can help…

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.

Year 7

Curriculum
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.


Setting Arrangements
Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. Individual work will be fully differential according to levels of ability and previous experience.


Assessment Methods
Students are assessed in an on going way following
discussions between teacher and students. All topics are assessed in accordance to National Curriculum
levels, as are student performances. Music is assessed in
ensemble work and individual work. Individual work is fully differential according to levels of ability and previous
experience.


Equipment
No specialist equipment is required for class work.


How could you help your child?
Parents can encourage their children to complete their homework. This is set each week in support of the variety of class work; this could sometimes be practicing a performance, which would need to be done during lunchtime in some cases.

Year 8

Curriculum
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.


Setting Arrangements
Students are taught in mixed ability tutor groups. Individual work will be fully differential according to levels of ability and previous experience.


Assessment Methods
Students are assessed in an on going way following
discussions between teacher and students. All topics are assessed in accordance to National Curriculum
levels, as are student performances. Music is assessed in
ensemble work and individual work. Individual work is fully differential according to levels of ability and previous
experience.


Equipment
No specialist equipment is required for class work.


How could you help your child?
Parents can encourage their children to complete their homework. This is set each week in support of the variety of class work; this could sometimes be practicing a performance, which would need to be done during lunchtime in some cases.