Music

At Harlington School, we aim to provide a well balanced approach to Music education which encompasses a wide range of experiences and styles to cater for the wide diversity of students in the school.

The curriculum is inclusive and all students are encouraged to participate regardless of gender, special educational needs and ethnicity. Throughout Key Stage 3, students are encouraged to explore different cultures, develop their social skills through group and class music-making and reflect on their own feelings and how this can be created in music.

A wide variety of topics are covered, with an emphasis on practical and experiential learning. Pupils will listen to a variety of musical genres, and will work with both traditional and non-traditional notation. All students are encouraged to use their voices as instruments and also given the opportunity to develop skills on keyboard, guitar, tuned and un-tuned percussion and later in the key stage, the opportunity to work with ICT. We are committed to providing a broad range of relevant experiences and as such, use resources and topics from contemporary music and ICT where appropriate.

The department provides extra-curricular opportunities to participate in Choir, Guitar club, Samba club and GCSE support.

All students are given the opportunity to have extra-curricular instrumental lessons, with funding available for those who would not be able to participate otherwise.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

All Pupils in Year 7 are taught one lesson of music a week, following the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 programme of study. Through the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising, pupils will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of music. Listening to live and recorded music of many styles and cultures plays an integral part in this development process, and through this, pupils will develop and use musical vocabulary.

The following areas are explored in Year 7 through a wide variety of practical tasks within units of work delivered across the year, and students will work with both traditional and non-traditional notations:

  • Afro-American Song;
  • Descriptive Music;
  • Notation and Canon
  • Concepts and skills – Singing and the music of other cultures, rhythm and pulse, dynamics and timbre, composing within structures, instrumental & performing skills, basic notation & melody writing, music for purpose, listening & analysing skills.

Year 8

All Pupils in Year 8 are taught two lessons of music a week, following the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 programme of study.
In year 8, pupils will continue to develop their knowledge and understanding of music, enhancing their response to music, with an emphasis on using musical vocabulary correctly and confidently.

The following areas are explored in Year 8 through a wide variety of practical tasks within units of work delivered across the year. Each unit of work strengthens and reinforces topics covered in Year 7:

  • World & fusion music;
  • Minimalism;
  • TV advertising;
  • Spirituals,
  • Blues music & the 12 bar Blues;
  • Concepts and Skills – melody writing, improvisation, minimalism, group performance, conventional notation, composing using technology, musical intention and listening & analysing skills

Year 9

All Pupils in Year 9 are taught one lesson of music a week, following the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 programme of study.
In year 9, students continue to develop their skills and become more independent in their work. Enhancing the quality of their response to music, and the degree to which they create and play music with appropriate accuracy, expression, feeling, sensitivity and sophistication. The Year 9 curriculum is designed to enable all pupils the opportunity to study music at GCSE level.

The following areas are explored in Year 9 through a wide variety of practical tasks within units of work delivered across the year. Each unit of work strengthens and reinforces topics covered in Year 7 and Year 8:

  • Songwriting;
  • Instrumental Skills;
  • Music Promotion
  • ‘Be part of a Band’
  • Develop instrumental & performing skills, Song composition within structures, stylistic foci, melody writing, group arranging, musical notation, improvisation, composing using technology and the music of other cultures.

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music

Course content:

The department follows the AQA board and the course is covers the three components of

  1. Understanding music
  2. Performing music
  3. Composing music

These components are delivered through the four areas of study:

  1. The western classical tradition since 1650 – 1920
  2. Popular music
  3. Traditional music
  4. Western classical tradition since 1910

Each area of study requires pupils, through the skills of performing, composing and appraising, to develop aural perception and musical knowledge and understanding.

Assessment

Component 1 – Listening and contextual understanding

(May of Year 11)

Section A : Listening exam

Questions based on short musical excerpts drawing on all 4 Areas of Study

1 hour – 68 marks – 20%
Externally assessed

Section B: Study piece

Questions based on a set piece of music

30 minutes – 28 marks – 20%

 

Component 2 – Performing music

Each pupil performs two different pieces in a formal environment
a) one individual performance
b) one group performance
Internally assessed; externally moderated
72 marks – 30%

Component 3 – Composing music

Composition 1: Composition to a brief (36 marks)

Composition 2: Free composition (36 marks)

Compositions will be completed under controlled assessment conditions. Internally assessed; externally moderated
72marks – 30%

Composition techniques are further developed throughout the course. Students will need to meet composition deadlines set by the teacher during the course as well as the final deadline. Students will chose their best work for submission from the work completed throughout the course. Students must submit two compositions by the final controlled assessment deadline, set by the examination board.

Each composition must include:

  • an audio recording
  • a completed brief
  • a completed score or commentary