Music Department

Music Department

The music department offers a wide range of musical experiences, both within the curriculum and in extra-curricular activities. We currently have 4 peripatetic teachers teaching drums, strings, guitar and brass. There are already regular performance opportunities in class, and over the coming year the public will see the likes of a ukulele orchestra, rock bands, vocal group and drum club prepare music for a variety of lunchtime and evening recitals. To join one of these groups, please speak to Mr. Hall, the Head of Music.

Why Study Music at Stalham High School?

You will develop your own musical skills in performance and creativity. You will learn how to evaluate and analyse music in a variety of styles and explore the social and historical contexts of a range of music.

KS3

Year 7 - 2 hours per fortnight

Autumn – Instrumental/vocal transition unit; The Blues

Spring – Whole Class ukulele; Find Your Voice/4 Chord Songs

Summer – 4 Chord Songs; Project X Multiple Pathways project

Year 8 - 2 hours per fortnight

Autumn – Whole class performance; Band skills

Spring – Song writing; Band skills – in at the deep end

Summer – Parody songs

Year 9 - 5 hours per fortnight

GCSE content through a variety of skills-based band and technology projects

KS4

Year 10 & 11 Music – Edexcel Level 1/2 GCSE (9-1) in Music (1MU01)

Why Study GCSE Music?

You will develop your own musical skills in performance and creativity. You will learn how to evaluate and analyse music in a variety of styles and explore the social and historical contexts of a range of music.

Examination Board
Pearson Edexcel  Level 1/Level 2 GCSE (9-1) Music (1MU0)

Course Outline
Below is a clear indication of how the course is laid out:

Unit

Unit title

Method of Assessment

Weighting

Structure of Assessment

1

Performing music

Internally assessed/ externally moderated

30%

One solo performance

One ensemble performance

2

Composing music

Internally assessed/ externally moderated

30%

Two compositions, one in the style of an Area of Study

3

Music - Listening & appraising

External

40%

1hr45min written paper answering questions on all 4 Areas of Study

 


Further details

There are four areas of study which provide the stimuli for the course. These are Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, Fusions. Across these areas there are 8 set works to analyse and understand in order to answer the written exam effectively. Examples of music studied are ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen, ‘Main Title’ from Star Wars, and ‘Defying Gravity’ from the hit musical Wicked.

All students at GCSE are expected to be able to perform in front of an audience and listen to a wide variety of music from all genres to support their musical and historical understanding.


Progression

AS-Level and A-Level Music and Music Technology

Access To Music Level 3 courses

Career Opportunities

Performing, recording, sound recording, radio, TV, media, teaching, or music industry jobs such as promoting or marketing.

Contact

Mr M Hall

Head of Music

 

Autumn

  • Introduction to GCSE
  • Vocal Music set works
  • Free composition exercises and task setting
  • Performing

Spring

  • Instrumental Music 1700–1820 set works
  • Free composition
  • Performing

Summer

  • Music for Stage and Screen set works
  • Complete free composition
  • Performing
  • Composition briefs