2018 - 2019
Performing and Creative Arts
Course Content & Assessment
Extra-curricular Music Activities
There is a wide range of rehearsing and performing opportunities throughout the year. Students are expected to be involved in extra-curricular music as part of GCSE and post-16 music course. Students are also encouraged to take a lead in running some activities e.g. guitar club and pop vocal workshop, under the guidance of staff. There is a full programme of music activities at lunchtimes, after-school and as special workshops, geared around student interests. These rehearsals are a major part of preparation for concerts and music productions. During most months in the school calendar there are public performances, either as a whole school or smaller scale event. Some music groups are specifically for our gifted and talented students; other groups are encouraging all students to experience a big performing experience e.g. The Big Choir, the Children in Need, the Christmas concert and the whole school production. JOQE, our jazz orchestra, continues recording tracks and has participated in joint workshops with Bournemouth & Poole College.
Lessons are delivered in two well resourced rooms, each offering a different musical experience. One room with adjoining practice rooms is set up to rehearse and perform together as groups. The other main classroom is set-up as a music technology suite, with PCs using Cubase and other music software and touch-sensitive keyboards. This classroom is set up with headphones for each workstation to maximise learning.
Learning in music is essentially practical integrating the development of composing, performing and listening skills. Students are encouraged to work to their particular strengths and are taught how to develop good independent learning skills, in a practical music-making context.
GCSE students will be encouraged to attend live concerts, gigs and also be involved in at least one extra-curricular musical activity. Special trips and concerts are arranged through the year.
The new specification continues to offer a wide range of opportunities for students to improve their performing skills. Now it is possible to be assessed as a DJ, using decks as a live performance instrument.
The BTEC Music qualification is a brand new initiative in our highly successful Music Department. Delivered by an experienced team of teachers with extensive music industry experience, this course comprises two compulsory core units and five optional units, from which students select two.
The first two core units are:
Unit 1: The Music Industry – which provides an overview of the industry, particularly focusing on the shape of the modern industry and covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter
Unit 2: Managing a Music Product. This unit looks at the development of a music product. As well as providing a vehicle for demonstrating skills and learning, it also introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product. Students can base their work on a live concert, event, a CD or online product, providing opportunities for both music performers and technologists.
Optional units include Live Sound, Performing, Composition, Music Recording and Music Sequencing.
Unit 1 (The Music Industry) is externally assessed.
Students will complete a 60-minute examination worth 50 marks.
The exam consists of a variety of question types, including objective questions, short-answer questions and one extended writing opportunity at the end of the examination paper.
All other units are internally assessed.
I enjoy studying music because it teaches you much more than how to identify a key signature; you learn about the context of music pieces, the intentions of the composer and the effect on the listener. I love how we get to develop our
own styles and take inspiration during class to become better musicians. Eilisa Love – Stuart House
Entry Criteria & Progression
BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music
Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Music
Route B: Very strong instrumental skills are fundamental to the successful completion of this course, judged through informal audition via video.
Route A: GCSE Grade 5 in Music
Route B: GCSE Grade 5 in English Language – Musical performance skills are an advantage.