Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 is overwhelmingly practical, with pupils learning through active composition, listening and performance.  The curriculum has been designed so that each topic continues to develop and build on the skills of previous topics, all incorporating musical literacy, notation and evaluation.  At this stage however, terminology is ‘caught, not taught’ with the emphasis firmly on learning the Musical Elements of Pitch, Dynamics, Silence, Timbre, Structure, Texture, Tempo and Duration through a range of practical composition and arranging projects, and learning the terminology and literacy after the concept is mastered. 

KS3 Music

Music in Years 7, 8 and 9 is overwhelmingly practical, with pupils learning through active compositionlistening and performance.  The curriculum has been designed so that each topic continues to develop and build on the skills of previous topics, all incorporating musical literacy, notation and evaluation.  At this stage however, terminology is ‘caught, not taught’ with the emphasis firmly on learning the Musical Elements of Pitch, Dynamics, Silence, Timbre, Structure, Texture, Tempo and Duration through a range of practical composition and arranging projects, and learning the terminology and literacy after the concept is mastered. 

Performance is core throughout all projects.  There are many opportunities for performance at Key Stage 3: informally, to their peers in each lesson; formally, in their recorded assessments each half term; schoolwide, at assemblies; and publically, in school events such as the Christmas and Summer Concerts, International Evening, Graduation Ceremonies, and any other occasions where music is appropriate.

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9 (currently on carousel with Drama)

Rhythm and Notation

 

Arranging and Composing Pentatonic music

 

Soundscapes

 

Playing the Recorder

 

Keyboard and ukulele skills

Arranging and Composing in the style of Gospel music

 

Blues Music – listening, arranging and composing

 

Musicals – listening, analysing and composing

 

 

 

Arranging and Composing in an a cappella style

 

Melody and chords – arranging and composing

 

Film Music – listening, analysing and composing

 

 

 

 

Year 9 2  Matilda  Year  7 3

Click on the image below for the pdf of our first ECS Music newsletter:

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The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS4 Music GCSE

Click here for the OCR Music GCSE webpage and here for the J536 Specification.

GCSE MUSIC OCR   How is the overall grade split?
Component 1 INTEGRATED PORTFOLIO COURSEWORK

30%

  Performance on the student's chosen instrument 15%
  Composition set to a brief chosen by the student 15%
Component 2 PRACTICAL COMPONENT COURSEWORK

30%

  Ensemble Performance 15%
  Composition to a brief set by the Exam Board 15%
Component 3 LISTENING & APPRAISING EXAM

40%

The course will cover five Areas of Study which will be studied using a range of theory classes and practical music-making:

1. My Music (student's own instrument/voice)

  • Recording two pieces - one solo piece/song and one ensemble piece/song

2. The Concerto Through Time

  • The Baroque solo concerto
  • The Baroque concerto grosso
  • The Classical concerto
  • The Romantic concerto

3. Rhythms of the World

  • African drumming
  • Bhangra
  • Calypso
  • Greek music
  • Israeli music
  • Indian classical music
  • Palestinian music
  • Samba

4. Music for Screen

  • Film music
  • Video game music

5. Conventions of Pop

  • Pop ballads of the 1980s, 90s and 00s
  • Rock anthems of the 1970s and 80s
  • Rock 'n' Roll of the 1950s and 60s

The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

KS5 Music A Level

Please click here for the OCR Music A Level H543 specification.

A Level Music is a wonderful combination of historical study combined with musical aptitude in performance and composition.  Students should be proficient in an instrument/voice, and should aim to be at minimum performance standard Grade 7 (ABRSM) by the end of Year 13.

Course Overview

Music at A Level is divided into three sections: Performance, Composition, and Listening & Appraising.  Students can choose to major in either Composition (Option 1) or Performance (Option 2), depending on your individual strengths.

Either Option 1:

Recital minimum of 6 minutes and two contrasting pieces. 

 

Recital

75 Marks

Non-exam assessment – externally assessed via audio-visual recording

25% of total A level

Compositions with a combined duration of at least 8 minutes 

•  One to a brief set by OCR 

•  One to a brief written by the learner 

•  Three short technical exercises

 

Compositions accompanied by a score, lead sheet or written description

105 Marks

Non-exam assessment – externally assessed via audio recordings

35% of total A level

Or Option 2:

Recital – minimum of 10 minutes and three contrasting pieces. 

Section 1: Free Choice 

Section 2: Focused Study

Recital

105 Marks

Non-exam assessment – externally assessed via audio-visual recording

35% of total A level

Compositions with a combined duration of at least 4 minutes 

•  One to a brief set by OCR 

•  One to a brief written by the learner

 

Compositions accompanied by a score, lead sheet or written description

75 Marks

Non-exam assessment – externally assessed via audio recordings

25% of total A level

Listening and appraising exam

•  Analysing and evaluating music 

•  Familiar and unfamiliar pieces 

•  Prescribed works 

•  Questions based on aural extracts

 

Written exam including aural extracts 

120 Marks 

2 hour and 30 minutes written exam

40% of total A level

 

 

Listening and Appraising:

We will be studying the following four areas of study: the compulsory areas 1 and 2, and the optional areas of study 3 and 4:

  • Area of study 1: Instrumental music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven
  • Area of study 2: Popular song: blues, jazz, swing and big band
  • Area of study 3: Developments in instrumental jazz, 1910 to the present day
  • Area of study 4: Religious music of the Baroque Period

 

Further Opportunities Following this Course

Students often go on to further studies in music, either at University or at a Music Conservatoire. These studies lead to many related careers, which might include performer, music education, arts administration, theatre work, A&R promotion and booking, artist management, music producer, music therapy, and many unrelated fields that value the discipline of studying music such as law or finance.


The Curriculum Deputy Headteacher, Ms J Foster, will be happy to supply further detail and more information if required.

Please contact her at ecsgeneral@enfieldcs.enfield.sch.uk or telephone 020 8363 3030.

Subject Documents Date  
Curriculum INTENT Music 18th Nov 2019 Download
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