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Department Summary:
The Music Department is a busy, lively place with all sorts of music echoing from the basement.. The Music Department benefits from 'state of the art' specialist facilities including four practice rooms and a digital recording studio.
The department enjoys a long standing tradition of excellence in extra-curricular music and has a school choir, orchestra and soul band. Regular concerts and performances are highlights of the school calendar. 
Contact: Mrs R Bonner

Programme of Study
Y7 Overview:

Autumn 1 – Musical Elements
Autumn 2 – Basic Notation
Spring 1 – Notation – Tempo & Dynamics
Spring 2 – Performing & Composing Melodies
Summer 1 – Instruments of the Orchestra
Summer 2 – Singing & The Voice

Y8 Overview:

Autumn 1 – What Makes A Good Performance?
Autumn 2 – Notation
Spring 1 – Popular Music
Spring 2 – Composing – Introduction to Sibelius
Summer 1 – Melodies & Ternary Form
Summer 2 – Class Band – Ensemble Skills


KS4 (Current Y11)
Course Title: GCSE Music

Examination Board: AQA


Entry Requirements (if appropriate):
Students who would like to take this course should already be able to play an instrument to a grade 1 standard or equivalent. It will also be expected that students undertake some practice at home outside of directed rehearsal time. Students studying GCSE Music will need to be having instrumental or singing lessons in order to support their performance unit.

Course Aims:

GCSE Music - Music at GCSE is an exciting and engaging course that involves Performing, Composing and Listening. It allows you to pursue your own musical interests and strengths whilst learning about new styles and genres. The course is split into four main parts:
40% Performing 
20% Listening to and Appraising Music
20% Composing and Appraising Music
20% Composing Music

Course Description:

Music GCSE doesn't cover every single aspect of music. Instead you will focus on five main areas of study.

  • AoS1 Rhythm & Metre
  • AoS2 Harmony & Tonality
  • AoS3 Texture & Melody
  • AoS4 Timbre & Dynamics
  • AoS5 Structure & Form


How will I learn?

Unit 1 - Listening to & Appraising Music (20%):
* Pupils must complete a 1 hour listening and appraising test, based on the five areas of study. The five areas of study are:

  • Rhythm & Metre.
  • Harmony & Tonality.
  • Composing.
  • Timbre & Dynamics.
  • Structure & Form.

The listening involves:

  • Popular Music in the 20th & 21st Centuries.
  • Western Classical Music.
  • World Music from different cultures.
  • Exam in May of Year 11.
  • Externally assessed by AQA.


Unit 2 - Composing & Appraising Music (20%):


* Pupils must compose a piece of music based on a set task by the exam board. This must be done during supervised time in school. (20 hours). * Pupils must then appraise your composition (2 hours). Must be completed and recorded by March in Year 11.  Externally Assessed by AQA.


Unit 3 – Performing Music (40%):

* Pupils must perform one SOLO and one GROUP piece. They must be recorded by the end of March in Year 11. Internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

Unit 4 – Composing Music (20%):

* Pupils must compose a piece of music in a chosen style, based on 2 areas of study. This must be done during supervised time in school. (25 hours). It must be recorded by the end of March, Year 11. Internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

Possible Career Pathways: What can I do with my qualification? Several further education establishments offer courses in Music. One of these is Newcastle College, Performance Academy. This establishment offers a GNVQ or BTEC in Popular Music. Both of these courses are required to gain access onto the BA (Hons) in Jazz and Commercial Music.

Subject summary: Key Stage 3 Music Programme of Study

In Key Stage 3 students at the Venerable Bede School follow an interesting and diverse programme of study in Music. At the heart of all lessons is a desire to express Music practically, but always reinforced with theoretical study. Music at Key stage 3 is essentially a practical and creative subject which draws on a wide range of musical cultures, genres and traditions. Students are engaged in Performing, Composing and Listening activities over a wide range of units which draw on co-operative learning, practical skills, independent study and creativity. All students receive one hour of Music each week.

Students learn to perform, compose and critically appraise music from various cultures and styles, including their own. They study music from the western classical tradition through to current dance and popular music styles. Students will study a variety of topics including the musical elements, basic notation, keyboard skills, singing, remix, popular music, ternary form and many more. There is a strong focus on literacy, especially subject specific vocabulary. All pupils perform their music, including singing, to the class.

Students are encouraged to learn to play an instrument and all instrumental disciplines are available through the school. There are many opportunities for students at the Venerable Bede to develop their musical ability and awareness if they decide to take part.

Department Summary:
The Music Department is a busy, lively place with all sorts of music echoing from the basement.. The Music Department benefits from 'state of the art' specialist facilities including four practice rooms and a digital recording studio.
The department enjoys a long standing tradition of excellence in extra-curricular music and has a school choir, orchestra, guitar club and soul band. Regular concerts and performances are highlights of the school calendar. 

KS4 (Current Y9 & Y10)
Exam board: AQA GCSE Music
Specification Code: 8271
Website link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-8271

Examination Board: AQA

Entry Requirements (if appropriate):
Students who would like to take this course should already be able to play an instrument to a grade 1 standard or equivalent. It will also be expected that students undertake some practice at home outside of directed rehearsal time. Students studying GCSE Music will need to be having instrumental or singing lessons in order to support their performance unit.

Course Aims:

GCSE Music - Music at GCSE is an exciting and engaging course that involves Performing, Composing and Listening. It allows you to pursue your own musical interests and strengths whilst learning about new styles and genres. The course is split into four main parts:
40% Understanding Music
30% Performing 
30% Composing Music

Course Description:

Music GCSE doesn't cover every single aspect of music. Instead you will focus on five main areas of study.


AOS1

AOS2

AOS3

AOS4

Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910

Popular Music

Traditional Music

Western Classical Tradition since 1910


How will I learn?

Component 1 – Understanding Music (40%)
* Pupils must complete a 1 hour 30-minute exam.

  • Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)

Unfamiliar Listening

AOS1

AOS2

AOS3

AOS4

  • Coronation anthems and oratorios of Handel
  • Orchestra music of Haydn, Beethoven & Mozart
  • Piano music of Chopin & Schumann
  • Requiem of the late Romantic period
  • Music of Broadway 1950s-1990s
  • Rock music of 1960s and 1970s
  • Film and computer gaming music 1990s to present
  • Pop music 1990s to present
  • Blues music from 1920-1950
  • Fusion music incorporating African & Caribbean
  • Contemporary Latin music
  • Contemporary Folk music of the British Isles
  • Orchestral music of Copeland
  • British music of Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies & Tavener
  • Orchestral music of Zoltan Kodaly & Bela Bartok
  • Minimalist music of John Adams, Steve Reich & Terry Riley
  • Section B: Study pieces (28 marks)

Study Pieces

AOS1

AOS2

AOS3

AOS4

Haydn: Symphony 101 in D major, The Clock, movt. 2

The Beatles: Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band
- With A Little Help From My Friends
- Within You, Without You
- Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds

Santana: Supernatural

  • Smooth
  • Migra
  • Love of my Life

Aaron Copland: Saturday Night Waltz & Hoedown from Rodeo

Component 2 – Performing Music (30%)
* Pupils must perform one SOLO and one GROUP piece. They must be recorded by the end of March in Year 11. Internally assessed and moderated by AQA.

Component 3  – Composing Music (20%):

* Pupils must compose 2 pieces of music in a chosen style,
Composition 1: To a set brief issued by the exam board in September of Y11.
Composition 2: Free compositions - this composition can be in any style or genre.
It must be recorded by the end of March, Year 11. Internally assessed and moderated by AQA.