Music

Music is an integral part of the Performing Arts at The Ilfracombe Academy. The Department aims to develop the musical potential of every student and create opportunities for those with high ambition and for those who wish to take part simply for enjoyment.

The Academy also offers individual tuition on a number of instruments: flute, oboe, bassoon, clarinet, saxophone, violin, viola, cello, trumpet, cornet, trombone, French horn, tuba, piano, classical/acoustic/electric/bass guitar, drums and vocals.

Every student is encouraged to join an ensemble as playing and performing with others is an essential part of any musician’s development. Concerts are held throughout the year providing opportunities for all of our students to get involved in performing.

Key Stage 3

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop students’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem. Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps students understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence students’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing students’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops students’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgements about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

The curriculum is designed to provide opportunities for students to:

develop individual performance skills, both vocal and instrumental, including the use of music technology,
develop listening and aural perception skills in practical activities, including composing and performing,
develop creative and compositional skills, including song-writing, arranging and improvising,
work with a range of musicians and watch and listen to live musical performances where possible, to extend their musical learning,
work individually, in musical groups of different sizes and as a class,
build on their own interests and skills, taking on different roles and responsibilities and developing music leadership skills, and
make links between music and other subjects and areas of the curriculum.

Key Stage 4

OCR GCSE Music course detail

Music is intellectually demanding, emotionally demanding and as a result it is hugely personally rewarding.  Studying music keeps your mind open and therefore helps you to keep your options open.

OCR’s GCSE in Music provides a contemporary, accessible and creative education in Music with an integrated approach to the three main elements of performing, composing and appraising. Pupils are encouraged to be creative and to broaden their musical horizons and understanding.

The table below outlines the requirements of the course and how each component is assessed.

Content Overview Assessment Overview
Performance

·         2-3 performances totalling approximately 4 minutes.

 

Pupils will record their performances to be submitted to the exam board as coursework during the Spring term of the second year of study.

30%
Composing

·         2 original compositions with a combined duration of at least 4 minutes

 

Composition recordings will be accompanied by a score or write summary of chord patterns etc.  It is submitted with recorded performances.

30%
Listening and appraising

·         Analysing and evaluating music

·         Unfamiliar and familiar pieces are presented

·         Questions based on aural extracts

 

Written exam lasting approximately 1 hour. There will be a mixture of questions testing aural recognition, contextual understanding and extended writing skills based on the styles of music outlined in the 5 Areas of Study below.

 

40%

 There are 5 “Areas of Study” (AoS) that guide preparation for the Listening and appraising examination.  They are:

  1. AoS1 My Music: The study of your instrument or voice
  2. AoS2 The Concerto Through Time: Studying instrumental concertos written between 1650-1910.
  3. AoS3 Rhythms of the World: Studying music from India and Punjab, the Middle East, Africa and South America.
  4. AoS4 Film Music: Studying soundtracks and video game music
  5. AoS5 Conventions of Pop (1950-2016): Studying Rock and Roll, Rock Anthems, Pop Ballads and Solo Artists.

Key Stage 5

OCR A Level Music course detail

Content Overview Assessment Overview
Performance

·         10-15 minutes and 3 contrasting pieces

 

Pupils will perform in a live performance in front of an audience that will be video recorded and submitted to the exam board.

35%
Composing

·         2 original compositions with a combined duration of at least 4 minutes

 

Composition recordings will be accompanied by a score and submitted as part of coursework completed during the course.

25%
Listening and appraising

·         Analysing and evaluating music

·         Unfamiliar and familiar pieces are presented

·         Questions based on aural extracts

 

Written exam lasting 2 hours and 30 minutes, including listening extracts.  There will be a mixture of questions testing aural recognition, contextual understanding and extended writing skills.

40%

 There are 3 “Areas of Study” that guide preparation for the Listening and appraising examination.  They are:

  1. Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven,
  2. Popular Song including Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band, and,

Either

Programme Music 1820-1900, or,

3.   Developments in Instrumental Jazz 1910 to the present day.

Extra-curricular

Performing with a musical ensemble is important not only in developing musical skills but also in fostering a strong sense of community within the department. We therefore try to offer a wide range of ensembles to cater for differing abilities and skills.  Ensembles are put together to work towards events such as the Christmas Carol Concert, the whole school show, iFest and various other performances that arise throughout the year.

Recently extra-curricular opportunities have included the school show, Senior Choir, Year 7 singers, the Our House Band, guitar club, the school orchestra, and various guitar bands.  Students are encouraged to set up their own groups and bands.  Equipment is always available for rehearsals at lunchtimes and after school.

The department also organises music trips and community music-making.  These have included trips to the cinema and local concerts.  Carol singing at events in the local community or local residential homes and performances at our local primary school in music outreach projects have also featured recently in the extra-curricular life of the Academy’s music department.

For further information please contact the Head of Department:
Tim Baker
tbaker@ilfracombeacademy.org.uk

 

Content updated January 2017

 

 

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