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Music at Bedlington Academy is a thriving and dynamic department that nurtures students' creativity.

Students develop skills in composing music, performing music and listening to and understanding music across five areas of study; rhythm and metre , harmony and tonality, texture and melody, timbre and dynamics and structure and form. 

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

Ensembles and Soundation

Group performance

Paired composition

 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

Understanding how to read Music (theory) Binary and Ground bass form (composing

Theory assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius 

 

Spring

Musical Elements (theory) Blues and Ternary form (composing)

Theory assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius 

 

Summer

Set works  (theory) Theme and Variation (composing

Theory assessment and composition assessment from Sibelius 

 10

Autumn

Unit 2: managing a product

Assessment of folder

 

Spring

Unit 1: Music industry

External Exam

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