Music

The Music Department comprises of one full time member of staff and several visiting instrumental teachers from Durham Music Service.

Music is compulsory at KS3 and is taught for one hour each fortnight to all classes from Year 7 to Year 9. The study of Music at KS4 in Years 10 and 11 is optional, with many of those students often continuing their study in Further Education.

The department aims to provide students with a wide range of optional instrumental tuition. Currently we offer tuition in strings (violin / viola/ cello), brass (trumpet / cornet / horn / trombone), woodwind (flute / clarinet / oboe / saxophone), guitar and drums.

These lessons take place during school time and times rotate on a weekly basis to minimise disruption to learning. There is a small charge for these lessons.

Learning Sequence Overview

Key Stage 3

Year 6 to 7 Transition Stage

 In Year 7, pupils are set a baseline test which include aural awareness/recognition, listening skills (current knowledge), and application of knowledge. This baseline test is used to give some understanding of pupil’s current progress in music.

Sequence of Learning KS3

At Key Stage 3, pupils are taught for 1 hour each fortnight. Music is divided into 3 key areas: Listening and Appraising, Performing and Composing.

They study a range of styles, genres and traditions in order to widen their knowledge and gain a range of different musical experiences.  Topics include: The Building Bricks of Music (looking at how music is put together), Performance skills, Jazz and Blues including ways of improvising, Hooks and Riffs and developing skills using Music Technology.

KS3 Intervention Programme

The department is open after school every day but Wednesday (where permitting) Pupils are able to come and work on any aspect of their music making. Pupil’s hard work contributes towards the annual Longfield Live show and many other events throughout the year.

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Key Stage 4

Sequence of Learning KS4 

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KS4 Intervention Programme 

The department is open after school every day but Wednesday (where permitting) Pupils are able to come and work on any aspect of their music making. Pupil’s hard work contributes towards the annual Longfield Live show and many other events throughout the year.

GCSE Specification  

Edexcel L2 BTEC Music First Award.

What will the student study as part of this qualification? 

The qualification consists of two mandatory units which provide the fundamental knowledge skills and understanding required for the music sector. An additional two units are then chosen from a choice of five optional units.

Mandatory units 

  • Unit 1 ‘The Music Industry’ provides an overview of the music industry. It covers the

fundamental knowledge and understanding of music industry organisations and the roles and responsibilities of those that work within them, and at the variety of musical activity.

 

  • Unit 2 ‘Managing a Music Product’ requires students to plan, develop and deliver a music product, by undertaking basic business planning activities, research and marketing as well as the promotion and running of an event or launch of a product.

Optional units 

The five internally assessed optional units are:

 

  • Unit 3 ‘Introducing Live Sound’
  • Unit 4 ‘Introducing Music Composition’
  • Unit 5 ‘Introducing Music Performance’
  • Unit 6 ‘Introducing Music Recording’
  • Unit 7 ‘Introducing Music Sequencing’

 

Optional units enable students to develop an appreciation of two of the music industry’s subsectors, creating or performing music and the management of musical events. Students learn the fundamentals behind the creative, technical or performance elements of the music industry, extending and challenging their innovative abilities, knowledge or musicality.

The mandatory units embed the skills required to manage the production of an event or musical product. The optional units complement this learning. For example, a student could plan the production of a festival performance in Unit 2: Managing a Music Product, safely set up and use live sound equipment in Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound and produce an audio recording of the performance in Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording.

https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-firsts/music-2013-nqf.html

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