Music

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The benefits of Music education are well documented. Learning Music encourages resilience, focus, confidence, creativity, team work, critical thinking skills, enjoyment and much more. Students at DGSB will study music for two years in key stage 3. They will then have the opportunity to choose Music at GCSE in key stage 4 and A Level in key stage 5. The DGSB music department offers a variety of musical ensembles and boys are encouraged to join these groups in all year groups. There are a number of performance opportunities throughout the year and boys are encouraged to take part in and support these events.

Year 7 and 8 (key stage 3)

Students will develop and embed knowledge and skills in performing, composing and listening. They will have the opportunity to explore a variety of instruments including ukulele, keyboard, djembe drums, samba drums and voices. They will cover a variety of topics and learn new skills through practical tasks. Every term will end with a performance assessment in class, giving the students the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt. Students are also encouraged to bring in their own instruments (if it is relevant to the scheme of work) if they wish.

Year 9, 10 and 11 (key stage 4)

Students who choose to study music at GCSE will follow the Edexcel exam course. They will have the opportunity to develop skills in performing, composing and appraising throughout the course. In year 9, students will learn grade 5 theory skills in order to aid the three course components, which are:

Performing (30%) – at least 1 solo piece and at least 1 ensemble piece to be performed live and recorded. This coursework is marked internally and moderated by the exam board. The standard level is grade 4 or equivalent.

Composition (30%) – 2 compositions, 1 to a set brief and 1 free composition to be notated and recorded. This coursework is marked internally and moderated by the exam board.

Appraising (40%) – 1hr45min examination at the end of year 11. Students will study 8 set works from four areas of study. They will be asked questions about their set works (including one essay question) and they will also have to answer general listening questions (including dictation) about unfamiliar music.

Year 12 and 13 (key stage 5)

Students who choose to study music at A Level will follow the Edexcel exam course. They will have the opportunity to further develop skills in performing, composing and appraising throughout the two-year course. The three components are:

Performing (30%) – at least 1 solo and/or ensemble piece to be performed, as a recital, to an audience and recorded. This coursework is marked by the exam board. The standard level is grade 7 or equivalent.

Composition (30%) – 2 compositions, 1 to a set brief (compositional technique) and 1 free composition to be notated and recorded. This coursework is marked by the exam board.

Appraising (40%) – 2-hour examination at the end of year 13. Students will study 18 set works from six areas of study. They will answer short questions about their set works, essay questions analysing the set works and unfamiliar music and general listening questions (including dictation).

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