Music

Years 7-9

Introduction and Overview

KS3 Music at Church Stretton School is an active subject that develops students ability to compose and perform a variety of musical styles from around the world through a practical and engaging curriculum which sees students working both independently and in larger groups and ensembles.

Students in years 7, 8 and 9 receive 2 lessons of music per fortnight and explore a wide variety of topics, skills and musical genres. Students have the opportunity to use a variety of instruments in their music making and have access to professional recording equipment and other music technology.

Topics in each year include:

Y7 - Elements of Music, Rhythmand Pulse, Form and Structure, Folk Music and Exploring scales

Y8 - African Music, Reggae Music, Jazz Improvisation and Indian Music

Y9 - Musicals, Soundtracks, Rock'n'Roll, Minimalism, Popular Song and Samba

There is a wide variety of extra-curricular opportunities in music at Church Stretton School such as an annual school plays and showcases that all students are encouraged to participate in.  There are a number of groups and ensembles where students can develop their confidence to perform their work to audiences at showcases and festivals.

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize
  • Participate in lunchtime clubs and activities.
  • Play a musical instrument at home.
  • Listen to a wide variety of musical genres.

Web Links

Music at School - http://www.musicatschool.co.uk/ 

Additional Reading

Years 10-11

Introduction and Overview

GCSE Music at Church Stretton School is an active and exploratory course that extends the learning undertaken at KS3 and develops the musicality and skill in students’ chosen instrument. GCSE music motivates and stretches students of all abilities and equips them with the skills and experience for further study.

Students develop their understanding and skill of composition, performance and appraisal in music learning about different styles and genres in music. Formal assessment is carried out through a combination of the class teacher, externally assessed compositions and and through a final listening examination. Students undertake the programme of study for AQA GCSE Drama and are assessed through 4 components.

Component 1: Understanding Music (40%)

Component 2: Performing Music (30%)

Component 3: Composing Music (30%)

Students study a range of cultural, contemporary and traditional musical styles that encourages them to develop their musicality and performance skill. They also have the opportunity to explore technology for composition and recording.

Staffing: Mr J Mould (music teacher)

How to support your child

We are sure that you already do many of these things to support your child but here is a useful reminder for you to refer to:

  • Encourage wider reading
  • Ask them what they have learnt today
  • Help them to structure revision for tests and assessments
  • Make good use of BBC Bitesize GCSE Music
  • Practice playing a musical instrument at home
  • Join a group, band or ensemble that participates in public performances
  • Listen to a wide variety of musical genres and styles from different time periods and cultures

Web Links

BBC GCSE Bitesize - http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm

Past exam papers - http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270/past-papers-and-mark-schemes

Additional Reading

New GCSE Music AQA Complete Revision & Practice (with Audio CD) - for the Grade 9-1 Course – CGP Books