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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.

Aims  

The  music curriculum aims to ensure that all pupils:  

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians  
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence  
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations. 

Music curriculum information for Years 7-11

Year 

Term 

Units of Work 

Assessments 

 7 

Autumn 

Musical Moods and Solo Performance 

Group performance 

Solo performance 

  

Spring 

African Drumming and Musicals 

Group performance 

  

Summer 

Solo performance and Soundation 

Paired composition 

Solo performance 

 8 

Autumn 

Samba music and Song Writing 

Group performance 

Paired composition 

  

Spring 

Film Music 

Solo performance 

Paired composition 

  

Summer 

Blues Music and Personalised Project 

Paired performance 

Solo or group assessment 

 9 

Autumn  

Theory 1: Music notation (bass& treble clef), rhythms, time signatures, rests, tie and dots, ledger lines, accidentals 

Theory 2: Circle of 5ths, key signatures, degrees of the scale,  chords, intervals  modulations, cadence 

Composition: Binary and Ternary 

 

Solo performance 

Theory assessment, solo performance assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius  

  

Spring 

 

 

Theory 3. Tonality, sonority, tempo, structure, dynamics, dictation 

Theory 4.melody, melodic devices, harmonic devices, textures, dictation 

 

Composition: blues  

 

Solo performance 

Theory assessment, solo performance assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius  

  

Summer 

Theory 1: Analysing familiar music 

Theory 2: Analysing unfamiliar music 

 

Composition: compose to a set brief  

Composition: compose to own set brief 

 

Solo performance 

Theory assessment, solo performance assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius  

 10 

Autumn 

AO1: Musical forms and devices 

Composition: ternary 

solo or ensemble performance  

Assessment on AOS, performance (solo or ensemble), free composition brief 

 

  

Spring 

AO2: Ensembles 

Composition: Jazz 

solo or ensemble performance  

Assessment on AOS, performance (solo or ensemble), free composition brief 

 

 

Summer 

AO3: Film music 

Composition: Leitmotif 

solo or ensemble performance 

Assessment on AOS, performance (solo or ensemble), free composition brief 

 

11 

Autumn  

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition 

Internally Marked 

 

Spring 

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance 

 

Internally Marked 

 

GCSE course information 

Qualification & Board 

Eduqcas GCSE Music 

Course Content 

Component 1: Performing Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification. A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice. Learners may perform at any time during the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. Learners do not have to perform all pieces on the same day. The performance must be recorded with the teacher present, so that the work can be authenticated. In all performances, learners will be expected to display:  technical control, expression and appropriate interpretation ,accuracy of rhythm and pitch, appropriate pace and fluency, effective use of dynamics , stylistic awareness , empathy (in ensemble playing). 

Component 2: Composing Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The briefs will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief. In both compositions, learners will be expected to display: creativity in response to the chosen brief, development of musical ideas,  technical control of musical elements and resources, musical coherence and understanding 

Component 3: Appraising Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes 40% of qualification This component is assessed via a listening examination. Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study. Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble Area of study 3: Film Music Area of study 4: Popular Music Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by WJEC. This component encourages learners to develop skills in appraising music through the exploration of a wide variety of music linked to the four areas of study. Each area of study includes a list of terms focusing on particular musical knowledge and understanding. 

Potential Career paths 

Many who study music at GCSE go on to A level, thus helping students to further study music at university. This can then lead on to careers such as a performer, composing, teaching, music research, music business or working with in the music industry. 

Assessments (incl. field work / assessed practical) 

Component 1 : 

Performing Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification 72 marks 

Each Assessment Objective is marked out of 24, Total available marks 96 

Component 2 

Composing Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification 72 marks 

Appraising Written examination: 

1 hour 15 minutes 40% of qualification 96 marks This examination will assess knowledge and understanding of music through the following four areas of study: Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble Area of study 3: Film Music Area of study 4: Popular Music 

Core or Option 

  Option 

No Option Choices (GCSE only) 

  

No. GCSE / A Level equivalent 

 ONE GCSE