-Key stage 4

Key Stage 4

This course is divided into three areas that have already been studied at KS3: Performance, Composition and Appraising.

Performance (30%)

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.

Composition (30%)

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

Study Pieces:

  • Haydn’s Clock Symphony Movement 2
  • Beatles pieces from Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club album.