Music

KS3

Music at Park View places an emphasis on practical musicianship for all learners. Students are given opportunities to listen to, compose and perform music from a large range of genres, from different historical periods and from different social and cultural influences.  We offer many exciting opportunities for students to share their work both inside and outside school. Recent highlights have been performing at The Barbican as part of the London Jazz Festival, recording a CD at The Pool Studios, winning awards at the Music For Youth National Festival at Birmingham and collaborating with the Drama department to produce a performance of the musical Oliver!

An enthusiastic and dedicated team of peripatetic staff offer free instrumental lessons to all of our GCSE students and to pupils who choose to learn an instrument in Key Stage 3. Students have the opportunity to be entered for ABRSM and Trinity music exams for Piano, Keyboard, Violin, Drum Kit, Guitar, Bass Guitar and singing.

All students are encouraged to attend our rich and broad range of extra-curricular activities. These include: Vocal group, Drum club, Guitar club, Rhythm Sticks, Rock School and Keyboard club.

 

GCSE Music

Course outline

The GCSE Music course places an emphasis on practical musicianship for all learners. Students are given opportunities to listen to, compose and perform music from a large range of genres, from different historical periods and from different social and cultural influences.  We offer many exciting opportunities for students to share their work both inside and outside school.

An enthusiastic and dedicated team of peripatetic staff offer free instrumental lessons to all of our GCSE students and will support in preparing individual students for the performing coursework.  Students prepare two original compositions using a range of live instruments and specialist music technology and write about the process of composing.  A listening exam takes place in Year 11 where students answer questions on extracts of music to show their knowledge of music.

 

Assessment - (only relevant to our current Year 11 cohort)

Unit 1: Listening to and Appraising Music Written paper 20%

Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music externally assessed 20%

Unit 3: Performing Music Controlled assessment 40%

Unit 4: Composing Music Controlled assessment 40%

 

New specification to be introduced Sept 2016

Component 1: Understanding music (listening paper) 40%

Component 2: Performing music 30% (Internally assessed by you and externally moderated by AQA.)

Component 3: Composing music 30% (Internally assessed by you and externally moderated by AQA.)

 

Progression

After studying GCSE Music there are many courses to follow at college, including Music and Music Technology A levels and BTEC Music and Performing Arts courses. At university students can specialise in areas such as performing, composing, music technology, ethnomusicology, contemporary music or follow a more general study of music. There are many career opportunities for music lovers, including work as a performer or composer or working behind the scenes as a producer, sound engineer, promoter, talent scout or manager. Other career paths might include being a music therapist, music librarian or teacher.