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Music

What can students expect from the Music Department at the Streetly Academy?

First and foremost enthusiastic and dynamic staff who are committed to bringing music alive!

  • A diverse curriculum encompassing projects based upon keyboards, guitars, vocal work and samba drumming.
  • A practical approach to music, with performing, composing, listening and appraising.
  • Sibelius 6 equipped music suite.
  • A Level Music Technology suite with Apple iMacs and Logic Pro 9.
  • A Department that is further supported by 9 specialist visiting instrumental teachers.
  • Opportunities outside the classroom include becoming a member of one of our 12 extra-curricular ensembles (including Big Band, Classical Guitar, Rock Guitar, Clarinet group, Flute group, Saxophone ensemble, Senior String group, Choir or one of our several supported Rock/Pop groups).

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Elements of Music
  • Rhythm and Pulse
  • Theme and Variations
  • Chinese Music
  • Improvising with the Pentatonic Scale
  • Ostinato

Year 8

  • Riffs
  • Melody and Harmony (using guitars)
  • Improvising with the Dorian Mode
  • Ragtime Music
  • Indian Music
  • Ground Bass 

Year 9

  • Two Blues projects, 1 using guitars and 1 using keyboards
  • Samba Drumming
  • Song Writing
  • Film Music
  • Gymnopedie
  • Popular Song Arranging

Key Stage 4

Pupils will follow the syllabus for the OCR Course.

GCSE Music

  • B351: Integrated Tasks - A performance, a composition and a commentary, all related to Area of Study 1. Controlled assessment 30%
  • B352: Practical Portfolio - A second performance or realisation, a second composition and a log. Controlled assessment 30%
  • B353: Creative Task - A practical examination drawing on understanding gained from all areas of study, in which learners develop a short piece, based on a stimulus, and communicate it. Practical examination – 45 minutes 15%

Assessment Objectives

The assessment objectives are designed to reflect the non-statutory guidelines for Music.

Learners are expected to demonstrate the following in the context of the content described:

  • AO1 - Performing/realising with technical control, expression and interpretation.
  • AO2 - Creating and developing musical ideas with technical control and coherence.
  • AO3 - Analysing and evaluating music using musical terminology.

Areas of Study

  • Area of Study 1 My Music
  • Area of Study 2 Shared Music
  • Area of Study 3 Dance Music
  • Area of Study 4 Descriptive Music
  • B354: Listening Examination
  • A written paper, with CD, assessing knowledge and understanding of Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4. Written examination – 1 hour 30 minutes 25%

Key Stage 5

Pupils will follow the syllabus for the Edexcel Music Technology Course.

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio 1

Students will learn and use a variety of music and music technology skills in order to complete this unit. MIDI sequencing and multi-track recording as well as arranging skills are all key components assessed through the practical work carried out. Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1:

  • Task 1A: Sequenced Realised Performance
  • Task 1B: Multi-track Recording
  • Task 1C: Creative Sequenced Arrangement.

Students will also submit a logbook that will provide information on the resources used in each task as well as assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Assessment

Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 1’, containing three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above. They will also present a logbook.

The work is to be done under coursework conditions between the issue of the stimulus material in September and the submission date.

The logbook will detail equipment used and be used to answer two assessed questions on their creative sequenced arrangement.

Unit 2: Listening and Analysing

This unit provides students with an opportunity to study the styles most common in
popular music. Students will have the opportunity to demonstrate this knowledge using
aural discrimination skills.

Students are required to study the development of popular music styles from 1910 through to the present day. This is not intended to be a comprehensive and in-depth study of every popular, jazz or rock music style, but an overview of the main styles and trends during the development of popular music.

Two special focus styles will be selected each year for more in depth study. For the
special focus styles, in addition to the main fingerprints of the style, students will be
expected to have an extended knowledge and understanding of context.

Assessment

1 hour 45 minute listening examination, externally assessed, in the summer of the year
of entry.

Each student will have a copy of an audio CD supplied by Edexcel, containing recorded excerpts.

Unit 3: Music Technology Portfolio 2 GCE

Unit 3 builds on skills acquired in Unit 1, and extends these to include a composition task. It involves detailed study of Area of Study 3: The Development of Technology based Music.

Students must complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 2:

  • Task 3A: Sequenced Integrated Performance
  • Task 3B: Multi-track Recording
  • Task 3C: Composing using Music Technology.

Students will also submit a logbook which will provide information on the resources used in each task.

Assessment

Students will produce an audio CD entitled ‘Music Technology Portfolio 2’, containing
three tracks of work as specified in the three tasks above. They will also present a
logbook, detailing equipment used.
The work is to be done under coursework conditions between the issue of the stimulus
material in November and the submission date.

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

Students will be expected to demonstrate their knowledge of music and the principles of music technology through a series of written commentaries, manipulations and production tasks using material provided on an examination paper and recorded on an audio CD.

The examination will test students’ musical understanding, their ability to manipulate and correct recorded music and their ability to write commentaries on technological processes. They will also be tested on their ability to produce a balanced stereo mix.

Assessment

This assessment will take the form of a 2-hour examination.

Each student will have an audio CD, which will contain a series of music files to be imported into music production software. Each student will also have an examination paper in which some or all of the CD tracks will be notated as conventional staff notation, editing grids or numerical data.