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Park High School

 Welcome to the Music Department

"If I were not a physicist, I would probably be a musician. I often think in music. I live my daydreams in music. I see my life in terms of music."  - Albert Einstein

Head of Department:

Mrs Pearn

e-mail: ppearn2.310@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Members of the Department:

Mrs Pearn 

Mrs Harris

Miss Mitchell   

Ms Kazuma 

Mr Perry

Mrs Keane

Mr Wood         

Ms Sekiya

Ms Ewanje

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world. Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

 

Key Stage 3

Music is a creative subject and KS3 music gives the students an opportunity to develop skills such as performing, composing and appraising. Students will learn how to be independently creative, but also how to work effectively within a group.

Year 7 

Students will start their musical journey with an introduction to music through singing and the use of voice. They will create a short composition by experimenting with their voice and develop a graphic score, which they will then perform. Following this, students will learn to read standard musical notation which will give Year 7s the necessary knowledge to enable them to develop keyboard skills. Students will then develop their music technology knowledge, by recording their performances using Garage Band. Ensemble skills will then be practiced by learning to play the ukulele and finishing Year 7 performing in small rock bands. 

Autumn Spring Summer

Vocal sounds and graphic scores

Keyboard Skills

BBC 10 pieces

Underground project

Sibelius

Uke School

 

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KS3 Assessment:

Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. Performance and composition in lesson.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 8 

Year 8 begins by introducing Logic Pro, a professional-grade music technology suite, while learning about film music composers. Students will use this knowledge by composing a piece of music to accompany a film scene. Keyboard skills will be revisited and the importance of song structure will be learnt through studying the blues, with particular attention to 12 bar blues. This is followed by an in-depth look at song structures. This will enable students to create their own rap songs and learn how to play a popular song as a band. Year 8 then finish their journey by writing a full pop song to perform as an ensemble.  

Autumn Spring Summer

Rap

Blues

World Music

Film Music

Junk Band

Podcast

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KS3 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. Performance and composition in lesson.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9 

Autumn Spring Summer

Performance skills

History of Music

Exam preparation

Music theory

Composition skills

World Music

KS4 Assessment:
Home learning is allocated on a weekly basis by each department. It may be an isolated piece of work, a project, research or an alternative task which challenges the students to solidify their knowledge and / or extend it. Performance and composition in lesson.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal Listening and analysis exam paper, which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course.  Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 10 

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

GCSE Music

60% of the assessment is through coursework which consists of two compositions and two performances, one solo and one an ensemble. One composition and the solo performance should be completed by the end of the summer term in Year 10.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course worth 40%. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Year 11 

KS4 Assessment:

All students who follow this course will be given home learning weekly.  Wider reading is always useful either from the websites offered, the text book or as directed by their classroom teacher.

GCSE Music

60% of the assessment is through coursework which consists of two compositions and two performances, one solo and one an ensemble. One composition and the solo performance should be completed by the end of the summer term in Year 10.

In the Summer Term, each student will sit a formal, internal exam which will consist of all elements taught throughout the course worth 40%. Appropriate preparation in the form of revision should be taken seriously with sufficient planning and organisation to ensure each student fulfils their potential.

Music Technology

100% of the assessment is through coursework. There is a final portfolio submission at the end of the course in 2017.

Examination Board :

Edexcel

Pearson

NCFE

Course Specification:

Edexcel (1MU0)      GCSE Music

NCFE Music Technology

Qualification obtained:

GCSE Music

 

Additional Information

Useful Reading Material 

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music written by Jan Richards

Grade 1 Theory in Practice ABRSM

WJEC/Edeqas GCSE Music Revision Guide By Jan Richards

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide (Syllabus 2016 onwards) Rhinegold

 

 

Park High School

Thistlecroft Gardens, Stanmore,
Middlesex, HA7 1PL

Headteacher:Mrs Colette O'Dwyer

Email:info@parkhighstanmore.org.uk

Phone:020 8952 2803

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