• ORNC strings July 2014

Music

  M usic is a busy department offering a variety of extra-curricular activities. The department is supported by a team of dedicated peripatetic staff teaching most instruments on a rotational basis.

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Music is taught to year 7, 8 and 9 once a week and covers a wide range of topics. The department has its own suite of Apple Mac computers running Sibelius 7 and Garageband software. In addition, there is a fully equipped Studio used for A Level Music Technology lessons and Music Technology Club. There are a high number of students opting to study the subject at GCSE and A Level. 

Key Stage 3
Students in Years 7 – 9 follow a programme of study focused on developing the four key musical skills of performing, composing, listening to and analysing music.

Year 7

Students in Year 7 cover the basics of music theory and composition through an exciting scheme of work designed to support girls with a range of musical experience.

  • Students study the following units: Graphic Scores, Tube Map Rap, Pitch Perfect and Crazy Chords
  • Musical skills are enriched and supported significantly by the co-curricular activities in which all members of Year 7 participate: Year 7 Choir and ‘taster’ instrumental lessons

Years 8 and 9

Music of contrasting styles and structures are studied through performing, composing, listening and analysing. Tasks are based on the following units of work: Blues, Film Genres and Film Composition, Pop Music, Ground Bass and Music for Mobile Phones.

  • Students perform their compositions and other related music as a singer, on electronic keyboards, on classroom percussion and on instrument(s) which they study outside the classroom. Students develop their skill and confidence in performing as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble
  • Students compose music based on the musical styles and structures studied in class. They develop their understanding of ICT using Sibelius 7 and GarageBand software
  • Students are given the opportunity to prepare for a class concert each year in groups or as a soloist

Key Stage 4: Music GCSE (Edexcel specification)

  • Students perform as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble on their chosen instrument/voice. Students’ work is recorded regularly and students’ chosen recorded examples are submitted as coursework (30% of GCSE).
  • Students compose music, learning compositional techniques from the analysis of set works. They use ICT to notate and edit their work (30% of GCSE).
  • Students analyse set works drawn from a wide variety of styles and genres. Aural analysis of recorded music is combined with some analysis of musical scores. Students develop the necessary vocabulary to identify the important features of each work (40% of GCSE).

Sixth Form: Music AS/A2 (Edexcel specification)

  • Students perform as a soloist or as a member of an ensemble on their chosen instrument/voice. Students’ work is recorded regularly and each student’s chosen recorded performance is submitted as coursework (30% of AS/A2).
  • Students compose music to a given brief using ICT to notate and edit their work. They may also/instead complete technical studies in a given compositional style using their knowledge of harmony (30% of AS/A2).
  • Students analyse set works drawn from a wide variety of styles and genres. Analysis of scores is combined with aural analysis of recorded music. Students learn to write descriptively and critically about each work using a wide range of vocabulary (40% of AS/A2).

Sixth Form: Music Technology AS (Edexcel specification)

  • Students produce a) a sequenced realised performance b) a multi-track recording and c) a creative sequenced arrangement (70% of AS)
  • Students listen to and analyse unprepared pieces of music using their knowledge of popular musical styles from 1920 to the present day (30% of AS)

 

 

 

 

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Music at Blackheath High School - March 2014 1 MB Download
Music Department Calendar Summer 2015 Download
Music Brochure 2014-15 Download