In music lessons at KS3 students will travel through a range of musical genres and musical cultures through performing, listening and appraising the music of some of the great composers. Pupils will engage with music from other cultures such as African Djembe drumming, Samba drumming and through playing pop music. The vast majority of time in music lessons is spent with the pupils engaging practically with instruments such as the Keyboard, Ukulele, Guitars, African and Samba drums and through using their voices, in our impressively well-resourced music department.
Your child will be assessed in music primarily through their ability to perform and compose music. There will be one formal assessment task per unit of work which will take the form of a recording of your child performing their given piece. Students will also be assessed through their ability to appraise their own and others’ work, and reflect on their learning to develop their skills further in their practise diaries.
-Students can further their education in music further in three ways.
- Signing up for instrumental lessons in school (see Mr Steels regarding this)
- Taking part in music courses ran by the fantastic team at Chapel FM
- Taking part in the wealth of music activities run by Leeds Art Forms
You can also widen your child’s interest in music by taking them to a wide variety of musical events and concerts, and encouraging them to listen to a diverse range of musical styles. You could also support and encourage them to purchase an instrument and help them to regularly practise at home.
Course title and type of qualification: Cambridge Nationals Certification/Diploma
GCSE Music is an interesting course that encourages you to explore and develop your musical skills in listening, composing and performing. During lessons we’ll cover everything you need to know and develop your listening skills for the written exam. We will also do a lot of composition exercises to give you a range of ideas about how to compose an effective piece. There will also be chances for you to perform a wide range of music as a group and to work together to prepare for a range of Concerts and Productions.
The Music GCSE specification is currently being reviewed along with many other subjects, which means the details here may be subject to change
Music groups do well at Bishop Young. Universities are very interested in candidates who have a good track record of participation in extra curricula activities and have proved they can express themselves creatively as well as verbally and in writing. You will work as a team with others who share your passion for music, build the confidence necessary to present your ideas to an audience and learn a lot about yourself by the end of the course. You’ll also get credit for learning an instrument and free tuition from school peri teachers.
GCSE Music is really useful if you aspire to a career as a performer, producer, composer or teacher. It is also valuable for Music journalism, Musical theatre, Arts administration and to access A Levels and Higher Education courses in Music, Music Technology, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.
Examination Board: AQA
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