Music

Department Information

Year 7:

In Year 7 pupils study Music for two periods per week during which they develop a variety of musical skills. They explore the basic elements of music, use instrumental and vocal skills and learn to perform as a member of an ensemble. Pupils also develop their composing skills and produce pieces for specific purposes and occasions. When performing and composing, pupils use a range of classroom instruments and begin to learn to read and write music notation. In 2017 they will have the opportunity to work with musicians from Opera North and create their own piece of music that will be performed in the first ever Rodillian Arts Festival.

Year 8:

Year 8 pupils study Music for two periods per week. They develop their knowledge of a wide variety of music through the key skills of listening, appraising, performing and composing. Pupils learn about such areas as Remixing and Arranging, Reggae and Jazz. When performing and composing, pupils use a range of classroom instruments such as keyboards and percussion. However, all pupils are encouraged to receive weekly peripatetic instrumental lessons and these skills are then developed within the classroom as part of their curricular lessons.

Year 9:

In Year 9 pupils study Music for two periods per week. The work covered is divided into units which begin to prepare pupils for GCSE Music, should they choose to study it. These units include pentatonic music from different cultures, music theory, composition and listening exercises. Pupils begin to learn about music theory by studying the material covered in the ABRSM Grade 1 examination. Some lessons lessons take place in an IT room to provide pupils with the opportunity to use the Sibelius software package in preparation for GCSE. All pupils are encouraged to receive weekly instrumental or vocal lessons.

Year 10 (Two year course – new specification):

In Year 10 pupils study the new AQA GCSE Music specification. Pupils are required to receive weekly instrumental or vocal tuition in preparation for the performance aspect of the examination. Throughout the course they will work towards producing a solo, ensemble or technology based performance on their chosen instrument. Pupils also develop their composing skills using the Sibelius software package. They are required to produce two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by the exam board. Pupils learn to read and write staff notation throughout the course and they also look at three set works from the Western Classical Tradition, Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Century and World Music. This year the works are Haydn’s ‘Clock’ Symphony, selected tracks from The Beatles ‘Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club’ album and Santana’s ‘Supernatural’ album. This leads to a one and a half hour listening examination at the end of the course comprising of two sections – an unheard music element as well as a choice of essays based on one of the set works.

Year 11 GCSE (One Year Course):

In Year 10 or 11 pupils study the AQA GCSE Music specification. Pupils are required to receive weekly instrumental or vocal tuition in preparation for the performance aspect of the examination. Throughout the course they will work towards producing a solo and an ensemble performance on their chosen instrument. Pupils also develop their composing skills using the Sibelius software package. They are required to produce two compositions following given briefs. Pupils learn to read and write staff notation throughout the course and they also learn about three specific Areas of Study:- the Western Classical Tradition, World Music and Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries. This leads to a one hour listening examination at the end of the course.

Departmental Staff

Mr Adam Bell – Subject Leader of Music – [email protected]
Mrs Jane Roe – Teacher of Music (AST) – [email protected]

Clubs

Thursdays 2.30-3.30pm: Rothwell Music Centre Community Orchestra
Tuesdays 2.30- 3.30pm: Choir
Weekly peripatetic instrumental and vocal lessons are offered free of charge in the following instruments:- Piano, Drums, Guitar, Bass Guitar, Woodwind, Violin, Viola, Brass, Singing.
For more information about extra-curricular activities, contact Mrs. Roe

Support Your Child – Useful links and advice

http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/
http://www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/music.shtml
http://www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/learn/http://www.echalk.co.uk/
http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/newgcses/art_dan_dra_mus/new/music_overview.php
Encourage your child to practice their instrument/singing for 20 minutes each.

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