KS3 Learning

Throughout Expressive Arts we aim to offer a full range of support in Music, Drama and Dance. This support spans all years from 7 up to cohort 11, with the My Learning Choices playing a huge part in learners individually excelling. We have specifically created designs of learning for cohorts 7 and 8 In order to support individual as well as group exploration and development, so that we can encourage learner’s personal enthusiasm in the Arts. We are emphasising the importance of self-discovery and learning through personal interests.

Within this two year journey learners can expect; to be intrigued, experiment their way through varying degrees of success, work in a variety of groups and lead their own learning path. Learners can also rely on the support and facilitation of the specialist teachers within the subjects’ three areas, Music, Drama and Dance.

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At Honywood we explore a wide range of Dance, Drama and Music within Expressive Arts.  Cohorts 7 and 8 have the opportunity to discover through practical workshops the techniques, creative approaches, history and theory that enable dancers, musicians and actors to excel both individually and as part of a group.  Each group will rotate throughout dance, drama and music experiences throughout the two years with each Design for Learning being purposefully designed through the lens of the My Learning Attributes.  By the end of Cohort 8 every learner will have discovered how each of the eight MLAs are support progress in the world of Expressive Arts. We pride ourselves in giving learners a huge amount of choice in how they approach their sessions and ensure that as well as the performance careers within the arts, the thousands of behind-the-scenes roles such as producers, lighting technicians, choreographers,

 

Within this two year journey learners can expect; to be intrigued, experiment their way through varying degrees of success, work in a variety of groups and lead their own learning path. Learners can also rely on the support and facilitation of the specialist teachers within the subjects’ three areas, Music, Drama and Dance.

 

GCSE MUSIC

Exam board: OCR
Grades available: 9-1

 

What skills will learners develop and demonstrate?

By taking GCSE music, learners will develop a variety of musical skills such as performance, composition, theory and how to develop their general musical awareness and musicianship skills. They will also have the opportunity to develop a variety of teamwork, leadership, social and organisational skills.

The course will offer learners the opportunity both to expand on the knowledge they already have, as well as learning and developing knowledge of new areas of music from all around the world.

Learners will learn through a combination of practical and theoretical work, guided by specialist teaching. Learners will be able to develop the skills learnt through KS3 music, and shape their learning in the musical direction they wish. There will be the opportunity to take part in workshops and trips that will extend and support the knowledge given in the classroom. Learners would benefit from having a basic music theory knowledge.

Learners who would enjoy this course are those who have a passion for music and are open to learning about a variety of musical styles and practices from the past and present and from around the world.

What will learners explore?

Area of Study 1 My Music: Learners have the choice to study any of the following: • any instrument • voice – this can include styles such as rapping or beatboxing • DJ-ing • sequencing – realisation using ICT.

Area of Study 2 The Concerto Through Time: Learners will study The Concerto and its development from 1650 to 1910 through: • the Baroque Solo Concerto • the Baroque Concerto Grosso • the Classical Concerto • the Romantic Concerto.

Area of Study 3 Rhythms of the World: Learners will study the traditional rhythmic roots from four geographical regions of the world: • India and Punjab • Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East • Africa • Central and South America.

Area of Study 4 Film Music: Learners will study a range of music used for films including: • music that has been composed specifically for a film • music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used within a film • music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game.

Area of Study 5 Conventions of Pop: Learners will study a range of popular music from the 1950s to the present day, focussing on: • Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s • Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s • Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s • Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day.

How will learners be assessed?

The coursework element of the GCSE accounts for 60%

  • Integrated portfolio (30%):

    A performance and a composition on the learner’s chosen instrument, all related to Area of Study 1. This is internally assessed, externally moderated.

  • Practical component (30%):

    Ensemble performance & composition to a set brief. The ensemble performance can be on any instrument and of any genre. The composition is set by the exam board at the start of Cohort 11. This is internally assessed, externally moderated. 

    The Listening exam accounts for 40% – Externally assessed

    A written paper, with CD lasting 90 minutes. Aural recognition and context unheard/unfamiliar music from within Areas of Study 2,3,4 and 5.

What could this course lead to in the future?

• GCSE music could lead onto further and higher education courses in Music, music technology, and performing arts at college and university.
• Career opportunities include teaching, performing, composing, studio technician/work, musical theatre, music therapy, music management, media and TV, music publishing, radio and many more.
• A lifelong appreciation and enjoyment of music from various different backgrounds and locations.

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