Faculty Leader: Miss C Leath 
Subject Leader: Mr A Pilato

Aims of the department

  • To develop and foster a love for music and musical performance.
  • To communicate the value of learning music as a vehicle for physical, emotional, intellectual and social development.
  • To encourage open-mindedness and respect for all music
  • To promote awareness of the context of music in societies.
  • To emphasise the collaborative nature of music making and the social skills derived from it.
  • To encourage and enable all students to learn a musical instrument.
  • To promote the use of ICT where possible in the learning of music.
  • To value the expertise of visiting instrumental teachers, making effective use of their contribution.
  • To recognise performance as a skill which enables students to acquire an understanding of performance practice.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7, 8 and 9)

Students’ develop the ability to perceive, understand and appreciate how sounds are organised and how music is produced, influenced and performed within selected musical genres, styles, mediums and traditions.

Students are encouraged to perform using their voices, keyboards, percussion and world instruments as well as utilising their own instruments. 

Students are encouraged to develop compositional skills individually, through paired and group activities, traditional compositional techniques as well as through the use of the latest music technology. Carefully selected music will help students to develop an awareness of different instruments, styles, forms and techniques, and will include some knowledge of musical history and elements.

Nine GCSE focussed band descriptions decide the types and range of performance and composition that students should characteristically demonstrate.

Instrumental lessons are available in school for strings, woodwind, brass, percussion, piano and guitar.  Students are also encouraged to take part in extra-curricular music activities including Choir, Orchestra, `Madeley’s Got Talent’, Samba band, jazz band, rock groups and other performance groups, which are a very important part of the musical life within the school.

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 and 11)

Teacher in Charge: Mr T Smith
What course do I follow?
Specification code: 4270

What will students study?
GCSE Music is about understanding, performing and composing music. 

These skills are applied across a wide variety of styles – Western classical tradition (1650 – 1910), Popular music, Traditional music and Western classical tradition (since 1910).  There are opportunities to use music technology (Logic & Sibelius) throughout the course with both the composition and recording process.
Details of Examination?
(Worth 40% of the total marks)

There is one main examination at the end of Year 11 (1 hour & 30 minutes).  Students will listen to a CD and answer questions on the musical extracts played.
Details of Coursework
Performing (Worth 30% of the total marks)

Students will perform one solo piece and one ensemble piece. These performances will be recorded and marked by the teacher and moderated by the board.

Composing (Worth 30% of the total marks)

Students must learn how to develop musical ideas and compose music that is musically convincing through two compositions. One must be in response to an externally set brief (Composition 1) and the other, a free composition (Composition 2).

Students will be encouraged to use technology in composing and recording their work e.g. multi-track recordings and printed scores.
Additional Information
The course also emphasises the importance of playing music with others, and participation in extra-curricular activities - rock bands, orchestras and choirs in and outside of school.

Our instrumental teachers very much support students throughout their course.

Additional Information
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Assessment resources
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Careers information
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