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Music

Number of Lessons Taught Per Week :

Years 7 and 8.

In years 7 and 8, each student will receive one lesson per week.

Year 9:

In Year 9 students may opt for the BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music. This is a three-year course taught for three lessons a week

Post 16:

In post 16, we offer the BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology alongside the BTEC National Diploma in Music Performance.

 

Aims of the course :

In years 7 and 8, the aim of the course is to provide a sound grounding and understanding in music and to embed a passion for the subject to enable further study. We teach all students the basic language of music and help to put it into practice through a range of performing and composing activities.  You will follow units to develop your keyboard skills and knowledge of music and also learn how to be a member of a musical ensemble.

In year 9, you will begin to specialise in your chosen instrument and work towards developing your performance skills. You will also gain an understanding of the inner workings of the music industry working towards an exam in May of year 10.

In year 10 you will complete your first coursework unit; Introducing Music Performance. During the course of this unit you will develop your performance skills further, keeping a diary of the activities that you do working towards 2 major performances later in the year. You will also gain further knowledge of how to approach the exam in May and begin to gain experience in the recording studio in preparation for a recording unit in year 11.

Year 11 begins with the organizing of a music concert. You will take complete ownership of this event as a class and work towards a polished performance just before Christmas. You will then move onto your final unit, Introducing Music Recording where you will take on the role of a producer in the recording studio and put together a recording of a band. The year ends with a second attempt at the music industry exam should you need to improve your grade from the year before.

 

Unit 1 The Music Industry

Unit Outline

Learners will know about different types of organisations in the music industry and the type of work each undertakes.

Learners will also explore job roles from different areas of the music industry and the responsibilities of each role.

Who is responsible for what activity, why and how are things done and what are the advantages and disadvantages of relying on individuals for individual services in relation to the key stages of the production timeline.

Type of assessment

 External assessment.

 

GLH

30

Assessment availability

 1 hour examination in May in Year 9.

This examination may be re-sat in May in Year 10.

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

A understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry

B understand job roles in the music industry.

 

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product

Unit Outline

Learners are required to plan, develop and deliver one of the following music products:

? a live concert/event

? a CD/and online product.

Type of assessment

 Internal assessment.

 

GLH

30

Assessment availability

 This assignment will take place during year 11.

 

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

A plan, develop and deliver a music product

B promote a music product

C review the management of a music product.

 

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

Unit Outline

Learners should take part in regular rehearsal activities designed to develop their technical music performance techniques in relation to their singing voice or chosen musical instrument.

Learners should then demonstrate their skills in the rehearsal and performance of at least two contrasting pieces.

Type of assessment

 Internal assessment.

 

GLH

30

Assessment availability

 This assignment will take place during year 9.

 

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

A develop your music performance skills and review your own practice

B use your music performance skills within rehearsal and performance.

 

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording

Unit Outline

This unit is about the recording of live music from a variety of sources. Learners will be exposed to a range of techniques to record a variety of situations. Learners should develop the skills to respond professionally and creatively to the situations they are presented with.

Learners should then assemble the components of an audio track and then produce a final mix.

Type of assessment

 Internal assessment.

 

GLH

30

Assessment availability

 This assignment will take place during year 10.

 

Learning Aims

In this unit you will:

A plan a recording session

B use recording equipment safely to produce multi-track recordings.

 

Post 16 Music

In post 16 music, we study a range of units covering various aspects of music performance and technology. In particular, we look at recording, sequencing, mixing and film music composition alongside solo and ensemble performance.

 

Departmental Resources

We are exceptionally well equipped with a range of instruments available for students to borrow including guitars, drums, flutes, trombones, clarinets, trumpets, violins, cellos and even a double bass.

We also have access to a professional recording studio.

 

Opportunities for further study

There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities that all students are invited to attend. These include a Glee Club, wind band, and our next venture, a ukulele orchestra. We also encourage students to form their own bands and provide space and resources for school groups to rehearse.

If there is an ensemble that you would like to be involved in that we do not currently offer, talk to Mr Atkinson and we will see if we can set it up for you.

You can also choose to take additional instrumental lessons with our excellent instrumental specialist teachers. Please speak to Mr Atkinson for further information.

We also provide BTEC support groups where students can come to catch up with any missed work or get general help with any piece that they are finding difficult.

 

Suggested revision guides/ books:

Name : Careers in the Music Industry

Retail Price: £9.95

ISBN number : 9781780382456

 

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