Consists of 3 elements Performing – on 2 instruments (accounts for 60% of the course) Understanding Music (40% 0f the course) Composing (PASS/FAIL)
Performing You will be learning pieces on 2 instruments at Grade 3 level or above Performances will be assessed by your teacher when the pieces are ready. Some will be recorded. You will be given regular feedback on how to improve You will keep reflections of areas of strength and areas for development
Understanding Music This element is taught in units focusing on different periods/styles. You will learn through listening to audio examples, watching film clips and playing music
Understanding Music You will demonstrate your understanding of musical instruments, styles and musical concepts by responding to either live or recorded music You will develop skills in reading and writing music
Composing You will compile a folio of ideas and exercises in composing You will compose at least 1 piece during the year. Some kind of performance plan or score is needed to guide the listener through the piece The piece (s) needs to be recorded
How often will I get each element of the course? During the year the balance of the 3 elements will vary. Sometimes a composing activity will relate to a listening unit that we are studying.
You get Music 3 periods each week You need to bring music and instruments to every lesson. Also a ring binder.
Formal Assessments A performance examination (February) consisting of a programme of 8 minutes (split between two instruments). A visiting Assessor will come into school to assess you (Nat 5) or will be assessed by your teacher (Nat 4). 60% of overall mark. A listening paper (May) to assess your knowledge and understanding of music, music concepts and musical literacy (theory). 40% of overall mark.
Homework Performing – you are expected to practise at least 5 times a week for a minimum of 15 minutes on each instrument.
Homework Understanding – you will be given musical concepts to research. Try and listen to wide variety of music, and go to concerts. Listen out for musical instruments and concepts in your favourite music.
Homework Composing - you will be given regular individual targets to work on at certain times of the year
What will I need? A ring binder with dividers, for course notes and music Pen, and pencil with eraser on the end for composing Access to instruments (you may ask to use the department at break and/or lunchtime if necessary)
Expectations Arrive on time No eating in class Music folder, and instrument where necessary to be brought to all lessons Respectful attitude and working to best of ability Completing homework on time
Finally……. Enjoy the course! Work hard, and remember you get out of a course what you put into it! Try to get involved in as much music making as you can, in and out of school. Always ask your teacher if you are not clear about anything, or want some extra help – it’s what we’re here for!