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Music

Primary

EYFS

In the Nursery and Reception classes, students are immersed in music as much learning takes place through songs. There is opportunity to explore sound through child initiated play with instruments. Students are assessed through the early learning outcomes. Teachers also use the Music Express scheme of learning.

Key Stage One

In Years 1 and 2, students still learn through songs. These aid memory skills and help students to remember key facts. The teachers teach music through the Music Express scheme of work. There are many opportunities to take part in musical activities, through co-curricular clubs and special music days. Students are given opportunities to experience music from other cultures as part of subject wow days. Through the Edison Learning Curriculum, there are often topics which include music. See below:

Year 1

Starry Night

(Arts) Art, music, dance

Listening to compositions

Exploring instruments

Rhymes leading to singing

 

Key Stage Two

In Years 3-6, students sometimes learn through songs. These aid memory skills and help students to remember key facts. The teachers teach music through the Music Express scheme of work. There are many opportunities to take part in musical activities, through co-curricular clubs and special music days. Students are given opportunities to experience music from other cultures as part of subject wow days. There is specialist music tuition given to classes through the Bristol plays Music scheme and some students have tuition in clarinet, piano, violin and trumpet. There are 3 choirs in Merchants’ Academy Primary. There are 2 auditioned choirs (the boys’ choir and a chamber choir) as well as an after school choir where all are welcome. Through the Edison Learning Curriculum, there are often topics which include music.

Year 3

The Games Children Play

Music Listening,

Appreciating,

Year 4

How do I see? How do I hear?

(4.3 we are musicians)

From a Railway Carriage

View from a railway carriage

Design the train of the future Exploring rhythms

Creating a soundtrack

Music performance Creating movement pattern

Creating a sequence of movement to soundtrack

Year 5

 

The Highwayman

Music Soundtrack with illustrations

Exploring percussion instruments

Creating a soundtrack

Performance

Year 6

The Lady of Shalott

Listen to Pavanes

Create a Pavane

Explore musical instruments Learning Pavane step

Learning/creating the dance

Perform the Pavane

 

Secondary

Years 7, 8 and 9

Topics studied and content covered include:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

KS3 Music is a whistle stop tour of many musical styles and genres. Students study all types and styles of music from Hip-Hop to Baroque; Bhangra to Sonata Form, and anything in between: each term provides a new cultural and musical focus. This builds a strong foundation for the listening activities at GCSE Music and allows students the chance to experience the music of other cultures. Students are assessed in listening, composing, and performing throughout each unit and are expected to produce a full written appraisal of their performances in terms 2, 4, and 6. Exceptional performances are encouraged by staff to be performed in assemblies with self-assessment and peer assessment encouraging students to develop the confidence needed to undertake such performances.

In 2016 Merchants’ Academy Music department was honoured to receive the national award of ‘Music Teacher Award for Best Music Department.’ This was due to the outstanding progress and opportunities that our young people are given as part of this department.

Our departmental vision in music is to enable the best creative opportunities and broaden the horizons of our young people. This is a mantra we aim to enable in everything we do. As such we want to inspire and excite our students in Music by providing them with an exceptional education, but as importantly with the most chances to attend performances and concerts that we can possible offer.

Last year our Academy Orchestra toured in Paris, France and this year we had the privilege of touring across the South-West of England from the Eden Project to St Austell. We are always looking to take the department on tour and have grand visions of our next one being a transatlantic voyage!

The department offer a number of opportunities for young people to get involved in music, not least in our Academy Co-curricular programme:

  • Monday – Secondary Phase Choir/AAA Choir
  • Wednesday – Academy Orchestra, Music Technology Club, Guitar Ensemble, Chamber Choir
  • Thursday – BRISTOL PLAYS MUSIC, SOUTH BRISTOL MUSIC CENTRE

We are delighted to have partnered with Bristol Plays Music to provide a Music Centre for the Young People of South Bristol. This consists of a Modern Orchestra, a Acapella Pop Choir and a Music Technology club recording and producing the latest tracks. This runs on a Thursday from 5pm – 7pm and has a termly charge of £25. For more information on this please contact: southmucentre@gmail.com

At present, the department consists of 2.5 full time teaching staff with a Mac suite specifically for Music.  There is also a performance hall, a grand piano, a music classroom with a recording studio linked with 6 rehearsal rooms.

For further information:

http://www.musiceducationexpo.co.uk/awards/
http://www.bristolplaysmusic.org/

Years 10 & 11

YEAR 10

Course Title: GCSE Music
Exam Board: EDEXCEL
Qualification: GCSE

About the course
Our Year 10 students will be undertaking the Edexcel GCSE Music 1-9 qualification. This involves the study of set works, composing music and musical performances. Students are provided with copies of the set works and spend time analyzing these in preparation for the exam.

How it is assessed

Component 1: Performing 30% NEA – 60 Marks

2 performances Solo - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute Ensemble - minimum 1 piece - minimum 1 minute Together total minimum of 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces

Component 2: Composing 30% NEA – 60 Marks

2 compositions 1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute 1 free composition – minimum 1 minute Together total minimum of 3 minutes

Component 3: Appraising 40% Exam 1hr 45 minutes– 80 Marks

4 Areas of Study with 2 Set Works each:

  • Instrumental Music 1700–1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions

YEAR 11

Course Title: GCSE Music
Exam Board: AQA
Qualification: GCSE

About the course
Year 11 students work to complete AQA GCSE Music. This is composed of 3 elements. Performing, Composing and Listening. Students undertake 2 performances (solo and ensemble), two compositions including a written appraisal, and a final listening exam. 

How it is assessed
Unit 1: Listening and Appraising Music

20% of the total marks; 80 marks 

Assessment is through a terminal examination marked by AQA examiners. Candidates respond to questions based on short musical excerpts drawing on music from all five Areas of Study. Recorded excerpts of music will be provided on a CD. Questions will be: 

  • objective tests 
  • structured responses 
  • extended responses. 

Candidates explore the five Areas of Study (AoS) through the three Strands of Learning. Through their exploration of these five AoS, candidates will develop an understanding of the organisation of sound.

AoS for the whole specification are based on the Musical Elements: 

  • AoS1 Rhythm & Metre 
  • AoS2 Harmony & Tonality 
  • AoS3 Texture & Melody 
  • AoS4 Timbre & Dynamics 
  • AoS5 Structure & Form 

These will be explored through the three strands:

a) The Western Classical Tradition

b) Popular Music of the 20th & 21st centuries 

c) World Music 

Within each strand, candidates could explore any music from the following areas to gain an understanding of how composers have used the Elements of Music as listed in the five AoS. Questions will focus on listening skills related to the AoS and not on the specific genres of the strands. 

a) The Western Classical Tradition 

  • Baroque orchestral music 
  • The concerto 
  • Music for voices 
  • Chamber music 
  • The sonata 

b) Popular Music of the 20th & 21st centuries 

  • Blues
  • Popular music of the 1960s 
  • Rock music, R'n'B, Hip-Hop 
  • Music Theatre 
  • Film music 

c) World Music 

  • Music of the Caribbean 
  • Music of Africa 
  • Music of India 

Unit 2: Composing and Appraising Music

20% of the total marks 40 Marks (2 x 20) 

The task

A. Candidates are required to compose one piece of music and must choose two or more of the five Areas of Study (10%). There must be a link to one of the three strands, which will be announced annually by AQA

B. Candidates appraise the process and the outcome of the composition in relation to the Areas of Study and indicate the link to the strand (10%).

The composition and appraisal are externally assessed and must be submitted to the AQA Examiner as follows:

A (i) A recording of the final completed composition. This must be in a format that can be played on an external device such as CD or mini-disc. The recording may be made using live performers, ICT or a combination of both. 

A (ii) A musical score. In this case, a score is understood to be any written format that is appropriate to the particular genre of music presented. This could include: 

  • staff notation 
  • graphic notation 
  • tab 
  • a written account detailing the structure and content of the music 
  • a combination of some or all of these. 

In all circumstances, the score should accurately reflect the intentions of the candidate and bear close resemblance to the music presented in the recording. 

B. A written appraisal of the process of composition and the final outcome. This will be completed in an appraisal booklet, supplied by AQA. 

Unit 3: Performing Music

40% of the total mark (60 marks)

Candidates perform individually or through ICT and as part of a group. 

Each candidate should perform two different pieces: 

a) one for 'Individual Performance'/'Technology based Performance', lasting no more than five minutes, and 

b) one for 'Group Performance', lasting no more than five minutes. 

Unit 4: Composing Music

20% of the total marks (30 marks)

Candidates are required to compose one piece of music which explores two or more of the five Areas of Study. This may be in any style or genre of the candidate's choosing. Student must present:

1. A recording of the final completed composition. This must be in a format that can be played on an external device such as CD or mini-disc. The recording may be made using live performers, ICT or a combination of both. 

2. A musical score. In this case, a score is understood to be any written format that is appropriate to the particular genre of music presented. This could include: 

  • staff notation 
  • graphic notation 
  • tab 
  • a written account detailing the structure and content of the music 
  • a combination of some or all of these.

Further information:

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270/subject-content

Sixth Form

Years 12 & 13

Course Title: Music Technology
Exam Board: Edexcel
Qualification: A Level Music Technology

About the course
Students study Edexcel Music Technology at A level. Facilities in the Academy for this are excellent and a new A-Level Music Tech Suite has just been completed with wired links to a soundproof professional quality recording studio and 5 Apple Mac computers with all relevant composition and performance software.

Overview of content

Students study the history of pop music from 1910 – 2016 understanding how recording techniques have influenced and changed the shape of Pop Music.

This Music Technology specification involves much practical work and encourages the cultivation of a wide range of skills. Students will have opportunities to:

  • sequence MIDI
  • sequence audio
  • record live instruments
  • produce CDs
  • compose using music technology

Students will also have opportunities to build understanding of the technical processes and principles that underpin effective use of music technology, and comment on it in writing.

Unit 1: Music Technology Portfolio

Overview of content

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

Contribution to final grade

70% of the total AS marks 35% of the total GCE marks

How it is assessed

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.

Unit 2:  Listening and Analyzing

Overview of content

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.

Contribution to final grade: 30% of the total AS marks 15% of the total GCE marks

How it is assessed

1 hour 45 minute listening examination.

Unit 3:  Music Technology Portfolio 2

Overview of content: 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.

Contribution to final grade: 60% of the total A2 marks 30% of the total GCE marks

How it is assessed

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.

Unit 4: Analysing and Producing

Overview of Content: 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.

Contribution to final grade: 40% of the total A2 marks 20% of the total GCE marks

How it is assessed
This assessment will take the form of a 2-hour examination.

Further information

http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-a-levels/music-technology-2008.html
http://musictechstudent.co.uk/music-technology/