Music

Staffing of the department

Miss N Johnson - Head of Department
Miss E Flynn - Teacher of Music

Educational philosophy/Aims of the curriculum

The Music Curriculum embraces music from many cultures and periods of history. Music lessons include practical music making opportunities and develop pupils' Performing, Composing and Appraisal skills.

St Ursula's has a very successful Choir and Orchestra and sung acts of worship are included in Main Hall Assemblies and regular Masses at our local Church, Our Lady Star of the Sea.

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act.  Music forms part of an individual's identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils' competence as learners and increase their self-esteem.  Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.  As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.


KS4 Curriculum

At KS4 students study Edexcel GCSE Music, a very practical and exciting course. Please see the links below for full course details.

The three key units of the exam are:

  • Performing music
  • Composing music
  • Listening and Appraising music

KS4 Programme of study

At KS4 we study Edexcel GCSE Music. It is a very practical and exciting course divided into three main elements; performing, composing and listening and apprasining.

Component 1: Performing

(Paper code: 1MU0/01)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated, 30% of the qualification.

60 marks.

Content Overview     

·      Solo performing 

·      Ensemble performing 

·      Approaches to performing

Assessment overview 

·      Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration

·      Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces 

·      Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces 

·      Each performance will be out of 30 marks. 

·      Internally marked and externally moderated. 

Component 2: Composing 

(Paper code: 1MU0/02)

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated, 30% of the qualification.

60 marks.

Content Overview

·      Developing musical ideas 

·      Compositional techniques and strategies 

·      Ensuring technical control and coherence

·      Methods of notating composition scores

Assessment overview 

·      Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration 

·      One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration. 

·      One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration. 

·      Each composition will be out of 30 marks. 

·      Internally marked and externally moderated.

Component 3:Appraising

(Paper code: 1MU0/03

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes, 40% of the qualification. 

80 marks.

:Areas of Study

·      Instrumental Music 1700–1820 

·      Vocal Music 

·      Music for Stage and Screen 

·      Fusions. The paper is made up of two sections out of a total of 80 marks.

A CD with the musical extracts will be played to all students at the same time and will repeat the extracts a set number of times.

Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces (68 marks) 

·      Six questions related to six of the eight set works.

·      One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.

·      One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one unfamiliar piece (12 marks)

·      One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.

 


Special requirements

All pupils at St. Ursula's take part in timetabled whole class music lessons, but individual music tuition is also an important, enjoyable and enriching part of your daughter's musical education. All girls who receive instrumental/vocal tuition have the opportunity to perform in the school's orchestra and choir, concerts, and music festivals both inside and outside the school.

A large number of girls receive instrumental and vocal lessons at St Ursula's and this number is constantly growing. Places are limited and are allocated on a first come first serve basis. If places are not currently available in your daughter's first choice of instrument, her name will be placed on a waiting list. You will be contacted as soon as a place is made available.

Lessons are available in:
Flute, Recorder, Clarinet, Saxophone, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Violin, Viola, Cello, Voice, Drum- Kit, Guitar (electric and acoustic) and Electric Bass.


Links to useful sites for KS4 students, parents and members of the public

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zpf3cdm
http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/edexcel-gcses/music-2016.html