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The course

Students form a personal and meaningful relation with music while researching a wide range of activities including performing, composing and learning about different styles of music. They engage critically and creatively with a wide range of music and reflect on how music is used in the reflection of identities. The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language.

What skills do I need?

You should already have experience playing a musical instrument or singing at grade 4 and be confident that you will be able to achieve at least grade 5 by the end of the academic year. You will develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control, you will enhance your composing skills, organise musical ideas, you will recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and understand how these inform the development of music.

How is the course assessed?

40% written paper will include a study of Badinerie by J.S.Bach for Flute and String Orchestra with Harpsichord (Final movement, Orchestral Suite No.2 in B minor, BWV 1067) and Africa by Toto.

30% Composition coursework – free composition and a set brief published at the start of year 11 (total of 3-6 minutes of compositions).

30% Performance (recorded) (4-6 minutes, one ensemble, one solo).

Course Books

(provided by college)

Teacher’s choice of one book from these:

Turn it Up!: A pitch-perfect history of music that rocked the world
(National Geographic Kids)

The Story of Music
By Howard Goodall

GCSE Listening List: Classicfm, Radio 3, Scala Radio, Radio 2 Folk Show, attend concerts, listen to music and watch documentaries on youtube.

Exam Board and Specification Codes

Eduqas C660U20

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