Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)
In Music, we follow the UK curriculum for Key Stage 3 where we acknowledge music as a “universal language that encourages both inventiveness and creativity.” Students are given the opportunity to perform and listen, to review and make evaluations of music across a variety of genres, styles and historical periods. We will examine set works of famous composers, musicians and modern artists. There will be a range of instruments that students are able to learn including alto recorder, percussion, ukulele and keyboard. Students can utilise their voices through proper singing technique, and compose music of a high standard either individually or in groups.
We also expose students to a variety of sounds with the aim of laying down an understanding of tone. Students identify tones as either major or minor and read the melodic patterns based on the quaver notes of the scale. They also recognise the key signatures in C, F, and G major and chord patterns. At this level, pitch, music notation, dynamics, articulation tempo, timbre, texture and structure are all taught and examined. At year 7, 8 and 9 level, our music programme is a comprehensive one ensuring that pupils are well prepared for IGCSE Music.
Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)
In accordance with the Cambridge syllabus for IGCSE Music, students listen to, perform and compose music while encouraging their aesthetic and emotional development, self-discipline and most importantly, creativity. The aim is to enhance student appreciation and enjoyment of music and to create a foundation for any future music studies they may undertake. This will also encourage a life-long appreciation of music.
Students study music of all styles – each in its historical and cultural context. They are encouraged to be perceptive, sensitive and critical when listening to music. As with the Cambridge syllabus, the content is heavily Western European, although there is some scope within the syllabus for world music as well as elements of jazz, folk and pop.
We expect that students develop their music reading ability and are advised to have tuition either inside or outside of the school on their main instrument. It is strongly recommended that students come into this course with a minimum of 3 years tuition in their main instrument.
IGCSE Music at Network (years 10 and 11), follows the skill development and assessments as they are set down by Cambridge:
Listening Examination – 40%
- Aural awareness, perception and discrimination in relation to Western music of the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century Periods.
- Identifying and commenting on a range of music from cultures in different countries.
- Knowledge and understanding of one Western Prescribed Work and one Prescribed Focus from a non- Western culture.
- Examination in June 2020
Performance – 30%
Performance 1: Sing or play individually – either one piece or two short contrasting pieces (which should be on the same instrument), and
Performance 2: Sing or play in an ensemble – either one piece or two short contrasting pieces (which should be on the same instrument, but this does not need to be the same instrument as that offered for individual performing).
Composition – 30%
Composition 1: Must be written in a Western, tonal style and must demonstrate familiarity with the basic principles of traditional harmonic language. This composition must be fully notated using staff notation and the score must be submitted with the recording.
Composition 2: May be in any style of the candidate’s choice and may be notated in whatever form of notation is appropriate to the music. If staff notation is not used, the intentions of the notation must be clearly explained in an accompanying commentary. The score and commentary (if applicable) must be submitted with the recording.
Long Term Plans
The long term plans set out the programmes of study for the whole academic year and enables parents to see the topics being studied term by term.