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Music

Curriculum Overview
CODE:

GCSE:-  OCR J536

COURSE DETAILS:

GCSE:

Unit 1: Integrated Portfolio / 60 Marks / 30% of total GCSE
What’s assessed:

A Performance on Student’s chosen instrument
Composition to a brief set by the student

How it’s assessed:
Coursework to consist of:
Performance: Sound Recording and Notated Score (for reference)
Composition: Sound Recording and Score/Annotated Commentary.
Marked internally before being moderated by the board. Total of 60 Marks

Unit 2: Practical Component / 60 Marks / 30% of total GCSE
What’s assessed:

An Ensemble Performance on Student’s chosen instrument
Composition to an OCR set brief (released in September of examination year)

How it’s assessed:
Coursework to consist of:
Performance: Sound Recording and Notated Score (for reference)
Composition: Sound Recording and Score/Annotated Commentary.
Marked internally before being moderated by the board. Total of 60 Marks

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising / 80 Marks / 40% of total GCSE
What’s assessed:
Aural recognition and context of unheard/unfamiliar music based on the areas of study: Rhythms of the World, Concerto through time, Music for Moving Image and Conventions of Pop. Students will be required to learn a wide range of musical language and features that can then be recognised through listening to music extracts.
How it’s assessed:
Examination to consist of both extended written answers, short form answers and multiple choice.

Additional Notes:

The total combined length of performances must be a minimum of 4 minutes or candidates receive no marks. They may perform several or just two pieces but it must make up the time required.

The total combined length of compositions must be a minimum of 3 minutes or candidates will receive no marks.

COURSE SUMMARY:

KEY STAGE 3:

Year 7:

  • STOMP Project: Learning about how Rhythm and Pulse works before building authentic STOMP performances that explores the use of a wide range of sounds.
  • Keyboard Project: Learning how to access a wide range of songs through performances on the keyboard, including learning how to read the Treble Clef and the Four Chord Trick.
  • Ukulele Project: Learning how to access a wide range of songs through performances on the Ukulele, including learning how to read the Chord Diagrams, TAB and the Four Chord Trick.
  • Scary Music: Learning how to compose scary pieces of music using common musical devices and exploring Structure to create suspense.
  • BBC 10 Pieces: Exploring famous classical music from different time periods and choosing a piece to perform resulting in a whole class concert.
  • Rap Project: Learning how to integrate Rhythm, Hooks, Chords and Lyric writing to create Rap Tracks. Students utilise the iMac suite for this project.

Year 8:

  • Blues Project: Learning about the history behind The Blues and how to perform a Blues piece in groups, to include Walking Bass line, Head Melody and Improvisations.
  • African Drumming: Learning about the instruments of African Drumming and how to construct their own authentic African Drumming pieces.
  • Film Music: Learning about the role of the Leitmotif, Theme and Variations in classical and film music to create music that tells a story.
  • Songwriting and Producing: Learning how to produce the elements of a song through instrumental skills and use of the iMac suite/Garageband to produce a song.
  • Dance Music: Students explore how music has been used for dance across history and culminate in a performance of music from a time period of their choosing.
  • Battle of the Bands: Working together and focusing on the strengths within groups, producing a performance of a well-known song or one created in a Battle of the Bands class performance.

 

KEY STAGE 4:

Studying GCSE Music is a fantastic option for any student wishing to develop both creatively and academically, with the promise of strong career prospects*.

Students are required to not only take on and process the wide range of music but also demonstrate an innovative and creative output that sets them apart. It allows them to develop and explore their own creativity through a range of acquired skills. Whether a student wishes to pursue a career in Music or a wide range of other professions, music is a strong subject to promote student’s capability.

* “Rather than limiting your career prospects, studying music opens doors to a wide range of careers both within and outside the arts.” Oxford University

* “…the Confederate of British Industry outlined the seven skills that define employability: self-management, team work, business and customer awareness, problem solving, communication, numeracy, and IT skills. Adlington says that music students develop all seven of these. By this measure, music graduates are among the most employable of all” The Guardian

Year 9 GCSE:

  • Performance Development: Working with the student on their chosen instrument focus to develop strong performance skills and perform in a range of settings
  • Composition Development: Aligning with the Student’s skills and focus to produce a strong piece of music.
  • Listening and Appraising Skills: Exploring hand-picked topics from the GCSE Specification to not only explore music from all over the world but to begin embedding the range of music skills required of students in the exam setting.

Year 10

  • Performance Development: Working with the student on their chosen instrument focus to develop strong performance skills and perform in a range of settings
  • Composition Development: Aligning with the Student’s skills and focus to produce a strong piece of music. Students will finish their first GCSE composition in year 10.
  • Listening and Appraising Skills: Focusing on Rhythms of the World, Concerto Through Time and Aspects of Conventions of Pop

Year 11:

  • Performance Development: Working with the student on their chosen instrument focus to refine the pieces they will record and perform for their performance.
  • Composition Development: Aligning with the Student’s skills and focus to produce a strong piece of music. Students will finish their first GCSE composition in year 10.
  • Listening and Appraising Skills: Focusing on Music for Music and Film before re-covering Concerto Through Time, Rhythms of the World and Conventions of Pop.
USEFUL LINKS:

Main Examination board website:
https://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/gcse/music-j536-from-2016/

Additional Useful links:

BBC Bitesize:
https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpf3cdm