Music – Key Stage 4

The GCSE Scheme of Work will follow the AQA Syllabus- for entries Yr 11 2016; Yr 10 2017;.

There are three lessons per week in Years 10 and 11. Lessons will follow this format:

Year 10  – End of Yr 9 Summer Term and Autumn Term

Lesson 1 Listening and Appraising –Areas of Study –

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Texture and Melody

Study will include material for AB Grade I Theory, and an internal Exam will be set, with certificates issued for appropriate levels achieved.

Lessons 2 & 3 Compositional Skills – Rhythm & Melody Building, Phrasing, Pentatonic Melodies, Unessential notes – Passing and Auxiliary, Sequences, Ternary Form, Chords and Cadences,
Lesson / add. time Performance of Solo piece – to establish a base level for Performance Skills

 

Year 10 Spring Term
Lesson 1 Listening and Appraising – Areas of Study –

  • Texture and Melody
  • Harmony and Tonality
Lessons 2 & 3 Compositional skills – Extending melodic ideas; Starting Harmony, Developing Accompaniment patterns; Texture exploration; Secondary Chords,
Lesson / add. time Performance of Ensemble Piece – to measure improvement in Performance skills during one term.

 

Year 10 Summer Term (N.B. considerable disruption to lessons – Year 10 exams, Activities Week!

Lesson 1 Listening and Appraising – Areas of Study –

  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure & Form
Lessons 2 & 3 Composition – Writing effectively for individual, and ensembles of, instruments; Setting words to Music.. After Half Term Holiday – start Coursework Composing  10% of total marks

Based on Area of Study :  2015 – Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Work completed in lessons and sessions after school – 40 mins per week, up to a total time of 10 hours (flexible due to numerous interruptions). Work carried out under Informal Supervision – Medium Level.

Lesson and/or additional time A recording of both Solo and Ensemble pieces will be made during the Summer Term, and marked in conjunction with the end of term examination. This will:

(a)    provide clear idea of standard throughout capabilities

(b)   ensure there is at least one recording made in case of problems in Year 11.

 

Year 11 Autumn Term
Lesson 1 Listening and Appraising – First Half Term – Revision of Areas of Study –

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Texture and Melody
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure & Form

Second Half Term – Prepare for end of term exam /mock, looking at all Areas of Study from within one piece from the Links to the Strand – Western Classical Tradition; Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and World Music.

Lessons 2 & 3, & 40 mins per week after school Composition – continue Coursework Composing Unit 2- 10% of total marks

Based on Area of StudyPopular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

Piece needs to be as complete as possible, using up to 16 hours of allotted 20 hours, two weeks before October Half Term. Start Unit 2 Appraisal 10% of total marks – preparation for written exam held in March, comprising six questions, responses can be planned and prepared in advance.

After Half term –  Start Coursework Composing Unit 4 – 20% of total marks. 25 hours of allocated Time – Informal Supervision, demonstrating Two Areas of Study. Time After school will be allocated to facilitate completion of work up to 10 hours of work by Christmas  – again flexible due to interruptions – Mock Exams, etc.

Lesson and/or additional time Further recording of Solo and Ensemble pieces will be made, and marked before the end of term. Any pupil who falls below 50% will have a further opportunity to record during the next Half Term, as will those who feel they have improved further. Otherwise, this could complete 40% of the Course.

 

Year 11 Spring Term
Lesson 1 Listening and Appraising – Concentrating on weaker skills identified by Mock Exam. Reinforcing Areas of Study –

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Texture and Melody
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure & Form

Through listening to music from each of the three Strand: Western Classical Tradition; Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and World Music.

Lessons 2 & 3 Up to February Half Term – Complete up to 20 hours of Unit 4 Composition. After Half term, Return to Unit 2 – complete using 4 hours left, record and continue preparation for Unit 2 Appraisal up to date of Written paper – set by Department – in March 2014. Return to Unit 4 composition and complete up to 25 hours of allocated time, record. Composition work worth total 40% completed by Easter.
Lesson and/or add. time Final recording of Solo and Ensemble pieces will be made week before or after Half term. Lessons supplied by school will cease at this point – students wishing to continue will have to pay for their lessons. This completes 40% of the Course.

By Easter 80% of course should be complete.

 

Year 11 Summer Term. After completion of necessary Paper work related to Coursework – CRF’s, all three lessons a week to be spent on the Listening Paper.

Lessons 1, 2 & 3 All aspects related to the Listening Paper – Musical Vocabulary, Theoretical Knowledge and Areas of Study

  • Rhythm and Metre
  • Texture and Melody
  • Harmony and Tonality
  • Timbre and Dynamics
  • Structure & Form

Studied in relation to the three Strands  –

Western Classical Tradition; Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries, and World Music.

Work based around Past Papers.

External Paper to be sat end of May, beginning of June.