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Music

ABOUT MUSIC

“My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.” Sir Edward Elgar – English Composer (1857-1934)
Music is all around us, from the radio to films and advertising.

Learning music not only improves the musical skills of performing on a range of instruments; composing music in different styles; and listening to and learning about many different styles of music, but also helps development in many other ways, too. “The benefits of a quality music education are those of increased self-esteem and aspirations; improved behaviour and social skills; and improved academic attainment in areas such as numeracy, literacy and language.” Government Review of Music Education 2011.

MUSIC AT GREAT MARLOW SCHOOL

The music department at Great Marlow has a purpose built music classroom with a suite of computers and musical keyboards. Lessons involve singing as well as a wide variety of classroom percussion, guitars and other appropriate instruments. The practice rooms, situated close to the music classroom are used during music lessons, also it is here that individual instrumental lessons are taught.

Staff aim, in this academic and practical subject, to apply learning in a practical and supportive environment. This is achieved through individual, pair, and group work, which builds confidence and aids social development. ICT is used in music lessons, including using Sibelius, O Generator, Cubase, Pro Tools, Logic and Garage Band software.

Instrumental lessons are available in the music department on the following instruments: brass, woodwind, violin, guitar, piano, voice and drums.

KEY STAGE 3 MUSIC

Key Stage 3 music builds on the interrelated skills of performing, composing and listening. Students cover a wide range of musical styles including classical, popular and world music. They build up their practical skills using a variety of instruments. Students are encouraged to use their voice, as a soloist, in small groups and larger ensembles. Music theory is taught through practical work.

Year 7 – Chiltern Pathway

Term 1

  • Find your voiceexploring voices and team work
  • Programme Music – composing music to accompany a story

Term 2

  • Making Connections performing music from Africa, China and India
  • Hall of the Mountain King – learning about scales and harmony with the Alton Towers tune

Term 3

  • Impressionism – music inspired by Debussy involving the whole tone scale
  • Gamelan Music – music from Indonesia – performing in the style of an Indonesian Gamelan
  • Samba – performing as a whole class samba band

Year 7 – Marlow & Thames Pathways

Term 1

  • Find your voice – exploring voices and team work
  • Fanfares & special occasions – music for making an entrance

Term 2

  • Programme Music – composing music to accompany a story
  • Gamelan Music – music from Indonesia – performing in the style of an Indonesian Gamelan

Term 3

  • Making Connections –performing music from Africa, China and India
  • Song Writing – writing songs in groups

Assessment

Students will be formally assessed on either their composing or performing skills in each unit. They will sit two listening tests per year, in the autumn and summer term.

Year 8 – Chiltern Pathway

Term 1

  • Instrumental skills – developing skills on a range of instruments and performing in groups
  • Blues and Jazz – improvising and performing blues and jazz pieces

Term 2

  • Film Music – performing themes from films and composing music to a script
  • Polyrhythms into Minimalism – exploring the links between African rhythms and the music of Philip Glass

Term 3

  • All about the bass – learning about bass lines and developing pieces with a focus on harmony
  • Reggae – performing classic Reggae pieces in groups

Year 8 – Thames and Marlow Pathways

Term 1

  • Instrumental skills – developing skills on a range of instruments and performing in groups
  • Blues and Jazz – improvising and performing blues and jazz pieces

Term 2

  • Stomp – a percussion based unit exploring rhythm, timbre and texture.
  • Hall of the Mountain King – learning about scales and harmony with the Alton Towers tune

Term 3

  • Samba – working as a samba ensemble
  • Film Music – performing themes from films and composing music to a script

Assessment

Students will be formally assessed on either their composing or performing skills in each unit. They will sit two listening tests per year, in the autumn and summer term.

Year 9 Chiltern Pathway

Term 1

  • 4 Chords Songs – performing and writing songs in groups
  • In At the Deep End- performing popular music of your choice in a group

Term 2

  • Bach to Bhangra –  showing the links and similarities in Bach’s organ music and Indian popular music, focusing on improvisation
  • Classical Arrangements – remixing ideas from classical music in a popular music style

Term 3

  • Musical Theatre – performing pieces from the shows
  • Mash Up –performing a combination of popular music pieces within a group

Assessment

Students will be formally assessed on either their composing or performing skills in each unit. They will sit two listening tests per year, in the autumn and summer term.

Year 9 Thames and Marlow Pathways

Term 1

  • Reggae – performing classic Reggae pieces in groups
  • In At the Deep End – performing popular music of your choice in a group

Term 2

  • All About the Bass – learning about bass lines and developing pieces with a focus on harmony
  • Polyrhythms into Minimalism – exploring the links between African rhythms and the music of Philip Glass

Term 3

  • Musical Theatre – performing pieces from the shows
  • Mash Up – performing a combination of popular music pieces within a group

Assessment

Students will be formally assessed on either their composing or performing skills in each unit. They will sit two listening tests per year, in the autumn and summer term.

KEY STAGE 4 MUSIC

GCSE Music builds on the skills learnt at Key Stage 3. Students spend the majority of their time on their practical work, namely, performing and composing; and on developing listening skills and their use and understanding of musical language. In the practical examination, stuents can perform on any instrument or use their voice: worth 40% of the total mark. In addition, they compose two pieces of music, worth 40% of the total mark. In June of Year 11, candidates sit a listening examination: worth 20% of the total mark. This examines classical, popular and world music.

Year 10

  • Performance – students perform solo and ensemble pieces
  • Composition – students compose a piece of music in a style of their choosing
  • Listening – students learn about classical, popular and world music
Examination or Assessment Date undertaken % of mark awarded
• Controlled Assessment: Composition 1 January – May 20%
• Controlled Assessment: Performance Pieces Ongoing 20%

Year 11

  • Performance – students perform solo and ensemble pieces
  • Composition & Appraisal – students compose a piece of music in a style set by the exam board and complete a written appraisal
  • Listening – students learn about classical, popular and world music
  • Music Performance Techniques – students analyse, refine and improve their performance skills both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble
  • Music Workshop – students  work as part of an ensemble towards performance events on given tasks
  • Music Project – students plan and present a music festival in the summer term
Examination or Assessment Date undertaken % of mark awarded
• Performance pieces Ongoing 20%
• Composition 2 & appraisal October – February 20%
• Listening examination May – June 20%

KEY STAGE 5 MUSIC ( BTEC )

Year 12

  • Music Performance Techniques, – students analyse, refine and improve their performance skills both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble
  • Music Workshop – students work as part of an ensemble towards performance events on given tasks
  • Music Project – students plan and present a music festival in the summer term

Year 13

  • Music in the Community – students plan and perform appropriate music at a venue outside school, for example in a local primary school or  residential home.
  • Music Recital – students plan, practice and deliver a recital to an audience, of music of their choosing
  • Improvisation – students research and perform, both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble, within a range of musical styles involving improvisation
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