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Music GCSE

Subject: Music

What will students learn?

Students will learn how to create and perform both as an ensemble and a soloist through a range of musical genres and time periods. They will have the opportunity to explore areas of interest and specialise in a key instrument, developing technical ability as well as theoretical knowledge.

In KS4 students will study

  • Area of study 1: My music, creation of music based on own interests
  • Area of study 2: The concerto through time
  • Area of study 3: Rhythms of the world
  • Area of study 4: Film music
  • Area of study 5: Conventions of pop

How will students receive feedback?

At Paddington, all students will receive regular feedback from formative assessment tasks. Within the curriculum, specific tasks are allocated for feedback. This ensures all students gain regular feedback. Teachers will mark student work and provide targeted feedback that enables students to improve their work and make progress. To support student understanding, teachers plan high-quality re-teach time to prepare students for their feedback. Across each term, students will receive feedback from multiple tasks.

What examinations / assessments do students have at the end of KS4?

Exam board: OCR

Listening and Appraising Exam- 1 hour 30minutes- 40%

Portfolio of work based on brief on music technology- 30%

Live Performance on Specialist Instrument- 30%

What resources can be used to support learning?

Music GCSE Option Video


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