-Key stage 4
Key Stage 4
This course is divided into three areas that have already been studied at KS3: Performance, Composition and Appraising.
Throughout ks4 Pupils will attend 30 minute instrumental lesson (paid for by the school) and will develop performance skills in preparation for the year 11 performances. Pupils will perform a solo piece on the instrument of their choice and an ensemble piece during term two in year 11.
Pupils will compose several pieces during the course but music submit two contrasting compositions to be formally assessed by the teacher.
Composition 1: Free Composition.
Composition 2: Composing to a brief.
Listening exam (40%)
Pupils will sit a one and a half hour listening exam. The examination is split into two sections.
Section A is a listening section and pupils will answer questions on excerpts of music played on a CD. All questions are from the four areas of study.
Section B is the contextual understanding section. Questions will be about the study pieces.
Areas of study:
- Traditional music
- Popular music
- Western Classical since 1910
- Music from 1650 – 1910
- Haydn’s Clock Symphony Movement 2
- Beatles pieces from Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club album.