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Mr A Thompson (Director of Music) athompson@conyers.org.uk
Mr J Dunn jdunn@conyers.org.uk

Please select the links below to view further information about the department. The assessment programme explains how and what the students will be assessed on along with information on how to prepare.

  • Key Stage 4
  • A Level
  • GCSE Music Assessment Overview
  • Years 7 & 8 Assessment
  • Year 9 Assessment
  • Year 10 Assessment
  • Year 11 Assessment

GCSE Music

Introduction

This course is designed to offer students exciting new opportunities to enjoy and appreciate the benefits of being involved in playing music, making music and understanding music. Through integrating music technology, students will acquire the necessary skills to realise their own creative ideas in a musical style which suits them. Sufficient performance skills are essential however will be developed throughout the course.

Skills

  • To use key music vocabulary when analysing and appraising music
  • To understand and appreciate music from a wide range of styles and cultures
  • To compose music to a given brief and within a specific style
  • To be able to express your own thoughts and ideas through a piece of original music
  • To effectively compose music using a wide range of compositional devices
  • To perform accurately and confidently on your instrument
  • Working with and valuing others, with an ability to create and develop ideas within an ensemble
  • To be able to express compositional ideas using the latest music software

Units

Unit 1: Performing  Students perform a minimum of two pieces, one of which must be with an ensemble. Students are expected to perform around Grade 3 and can use Music Technology if required. Unit 2 – Composing Music Students compose two pieces of music, one which is free and can be in any style whilst the other is in response to a brief set by the examination board. Unit 3 – Listening and Appraising Students sit a listening exam in Year 11 consisting of eight questions. Students must be able to analyse pieces of music which fall within the four areas of study – AoS1: The Western Classical Tradition, AoS2: Music for Ensemble, AoS3: Film Music and AoS4: Popular Music

Assessment

Component 1: Performing 30% Component 2: Composing 30% Component 3: Listening and Appraising 40%

Exam Board: Eduqas

What is Music?

A Level Music is a course that gives you the opportunity to play, create and understand Music to an advanced level. It is designed to reward students who love to perform, enjoy creating their own Music, and who can appreciate different styles of Music. It would be anticipated that A level musicians would form the backbone of musical activities within the school. There are weekly rehearsals for Orchestra, Jazz Band and Choir. Sixth form students are also encouraged to form their own Chamber and Rock groups

Why study it?

It is the ideal route for students wanting to do Music or Music Technology courses at university. It is also a fully recognised A-Level that supports applications for other courses, especially if students are involved in extra-curricular activities. A Level Music is a very desirable A Level for prospective employers in all areas of work including the music industry, arts administration, medicine, teaching, armed forces, law and journalism. It is a very versatile A Level to combine with Sciences, Maths, English or languages. There are many exciting opportunities to get involved in music at Conyers School. Besides the numerous extra-curricular groups, there’s the annual School Musical, Christmas and Summer concerts as well as a European tour!

Course & Module Description

Performing (35%) – A 10 –12 minute performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces. At least one of the pieces should be as a soloist. The other pieces may be as a soloist, or as part of an ensemble, or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study (see below). You will have to perform in front of a visiting examiner around Easter in Year 13. Composing (25%) – Two compositions. One must reflect the musical techniques and conventions of the Western Classical Tradition, and be in response to a brief set by WJEC Eduqas. Learners will have a choice of four briefs, which will be released during the first week of September of Year 13. The second composition is a free composition. Appraising Music (40%) 2hr 15minute written exam. Area of study 1: The Western Classical Tradition covering The Development of the Symphony, 1750 – 1900. Detailed analysis of Symphony No.104 in D major, ‘London’ by Haydn. General study of Symphony No.4 in A major, ‘Italian’ by Mendelssohn Area of study 2: Rock and Pop (1960-2000) Area of study 3: Into the 20th Century Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Movement II by Poulenc Three Nocturnes, Number 1 Nuages by Debussy

What next?

Studying A-Level Music can be extremely valuable if you wish to pursue a career in the following:

  • Various Music industry careers
  • Teaching
  • Arts Administration
  • Law & Journalism
  • Armed Forces

If you have any further questions regarding Music, please feel free to contact us on the details as shown below. athompson@conyers.org.uk A Level Music Leaflet Eduqas – Music

GCSE Music Assessment Overview

Solo Performance

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Students will be assessed on the following…

  • Accuracy
  • Technical proficiency on instrument
  • Commitment/Projection to performance
  • Interpretation of Style
Showbie Hand-in Students will upload their best performance into Showbie. This can be done at home or in school but will not be done in class/lesson. Live Performance/Recital Once a term students will be assessed ‘live’ and have to perform their piece to their class teacher only. Students will be given a 5-10 min slot (within lesson time) where they will perform and receive feedback. Once a satisfactory performance (FFT or above) has been completed, this element of the course will no longer be applicable. http://www.inacoustic.com/blog/2014/10/12-tips-how-to-prepare-for-a-live-vocal-performance/ http://fundamentals-of-piano-practice.readthedocs.io/en/latest/chapter1/ch1_topics/III.14.html

Ensemble Performance

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Students will be assessed on the following…

  • Accuracy
  • Technical proficiency on instrument
  • Commitment/Projection to performance
  • Sense of Ensemble (reactiveness to others)
  • All performances will be recorded and uploaded into Showbie.
  • Final performances will also be recorded by the class teacher using a hand held recording device.
  • All performances will be done in class.
  • Students will be expected to be practicing their own parts in their own time.
  • Students are also expected to scheduling rehearsals with their ensembles outside of lesson time (lunchtime/afterschool).
  • Students could watch videos from Youtube of ensembles playing to get an idea of what makes an effective ensemble performance.

Composition

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Students ability to compose an effective and creative piece of music. Students will be assessed on the following:

  • Creativity and development of musical Ideas
  • Technical control of musical elements and resources
  • Structure and stylistic coherence
All hand-ins will be done through Showbie. Composition is coursework based and so will be completed during a series of lessons. Composition will be assessed against exam board criteria and given a CPI (actual grade for final hand-ins). Due to the software that is being used in class, it is limited as to how much preparation can be done at home. Students are welcome to use the department on a lunchtime if rooms and teachers are available. http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/art/practicalities/drawing6.shtml https://www.artofcomposing.com/how-to-compose-music-101

End of Year Listening Exam

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Students will listen to unfamiliar pieces of music from within the 4 areas of study and be expected to identify and comment on the following…

  • TONALITY
  • TEMPO
  • TEXTURE
  • INSTRUMENTATION
  • DYNAMICS
  • MELODY
  • TIME SIGNATURE
  • STRUCTURE
  • PERFORMANCE TECHNIQUES
Students will sit a 45-50mins listening exam during a music lesson. This date will be agreed and shared with the students at the start of the half term. Students will be preparing for this exam in lessons by completing listening activities. All keywords will be taught and examples given. http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/topics/zdxh34j

 

  Assessment
Half Term 1 Baseline Assessment (Year 7 only) End of Unit Assessment Performance 1
Half Term 2 End of Unit Assessment Performance 2
Half Term 3 End of Unit Assessment Performance 3
Half Term 4 End of Unit Assessment Composition
Half Term 5 End of Unit Assessment Music Tech
Half Term 6 End of Year Listening Exam
  Assessment
Half Term 1 End of Unit Assessment Ensemble Performance 1
Half Term 2 End of Unit Assessment Ensemble Performance 2
Half Term 3 End of Unit Assessment Composition
Half Term 4 End of Unit Assessment Music Tech
Half Term 5 End of Unit Assessment Solo Performance
Half Term 6 End of Key Stage 3 Listening Exam

Year 10 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Showbie Hand in  
Ensemble Performance EP1 Showbie Hand in (progress so far)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (Initial Ideas)  

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Live Performance/Recital  
Ensemble Performance EP1 Showbie Hand in (first draft)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (Completed A section)  
Listening Listening Assessment (Set Work so far + General Listening)  

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Showbie Hand in  
Ensemble Performance EP1 Formal Hand in (final performance)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (B & A2 Sections)  

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Live Performance/Recital  
Ensemble Performance EP2 Showbie Hand in (progress so far)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (Completed  C Section)  
Listening Listening Assessment (Set Work so far and General Listening)  

Term 5

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Showbie Hand in  
Ensemble Performance EP2 Showbie Hand in (first draft)  
Composition Formal Hand in (Full composition 1st Draft)  

Term 6

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Live Performance/Recital  
Ensemble Performance EP2 Formal Hand in (final performance)  
Composition Final Hand in (Full composition  and score )  
Listening Mock Exam (Set Work so far + General Listening)  

Year 11 Assessment

Term 1

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Showbie Hand in  
Ensemble Performance EP3 Showbie Hand in (progress so far)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (Completed A section)  
Listening Mock Exam (Set Work so far + General Listening)  

Term 2

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Live Performance/Recital  
Ensemble Performance EP3 Showbie Hand in (first draft)  
Composition Showbie Hand in (Completed B and A2 sections)  
Listening Mock Exam (Set Work so far + General Listening)  

Term 3

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Showbie Hand in  
Ensemble Performance EP3 Formal Hand in (final performance) FINAL HAND IN!  
Composition Showbie Hand in (First Draft- near completion)  
Listening Mock Exam (Set Work so far + General Listening)  

Term 4

Assessment Focus and Purpose Key Concepts/Skills Assessed Preparation/Key Areas to Revise
Solo Performance (Homework) Live Performance/Recital FINAL HAND IN!  
Composition Final Hand in (Full composition  and score ) FINAL HAND IN!  
Listening Listening Assessment (Set Work so far and General Listening)