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Key Stage 3 Music

In Year 7 you will cover a foundation of musical skills:

  • Singing
  • Composition
  • Performing
  • Improvisation
  • Listening

There will be a range of topics covered throughout the year, such as:

  • My body as an instrument
  • Rhythm 101
  • Chords and Melodies

In Year 8 you will further develop the foundation of musical skills acquired in Year 7:

  • Singing
  • Composition
  • Performing
  • Improvisation
  • Listening

There will be a range of topics covered throughout the year, such as:

  • Programme music
  • Melody and Accompaniment

Year 9 Music is a year for continuing to develop musical skills with a view to potentially carrying on the subject at GCSE.
Students are therefore required to show higer commitment towards their studies and are encouraged to take up instrument lessons and join one of the extra curricular clubs on offer.

Topics covered throughout Year 9 include:

  • Dance Music
  • My Music (An exploration of the music you like, including songwriting and playing in bands)
  • Descriptive Music and Film Music
  • Scales (Gamelan and Indian Music)
  • Composition Toolbox

Many students join a group to make music and you will find out about this in your music lessons. You might also want to learn a musical instrument and this is often possible.


Key Stage 4 Music

IMG_1343Course Content:

There are two different courses available in Key Stage 4 Music:

  • OCR GCSE Music
  • NCFE VCert Level 2 in creative studies - Music Technology

OCR GCSE Music course content:

There are 3 main areas of learning:

  • Composition
  • Performance
  • Listening exam.

You will develop your listening skills over the 2-year course in order to prepare you for the exam.  2 compositions and 2 performances will form most of the coursework for the qualification.  There is also a creative task which involves composing under exam conditions.

Any student considering this option should have an interest in music and all aspects that come along with that; learning different forms of music (dance music, programme music, music from other cultures), writing music, learning an instrument and music production.

It is essential that you are able to work well with others as you will be working collaboratively in groups.  Independent work is also important as all coursework is individual.

You need to be open to feedback and have an interest in developing and adapting your musical ideas in order to compose in specific styles.  You need to be able to explain and evaluate your work to demonstrate your understanding of your learning through written log books and short evaluations.

Working toward the listening exam requires students to become familiar with many different styles and traditions of music, gaining an understanding of how the music is written, performed and heard.

OCR GCSE Music Examination Details:

Assessment: 60% composition & performance / 40% listening exam

The coursework includes 1 solo performance, 1 ensemble performance, 3 compositions along with log books and commentaries.  The examination is a listening test to check your aural skills ability and learning of all the aspects learnt during the course.

Different styles covered are: Club Dance (House, Techno, D'n'B, Garage, Trance, Ambient) Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Irish jig and reel, Bhangra, Disco, Programme Music, Film Music, Romantic Song, Pop Ballad, Classical Concerto, Jazz, Indian classical music, Gamelan, Baroque, Classical Chamber Music, Great Choral Classics and African, A capella singing.

NCFE VCert in Music Technology Course Content

This course contains 4 units:

  • Setting up an operating a Digital Audio Workstation
  • Creating music using a Digital Audio Workstation
  • Microphone Techniques in Music Production
  • Mixing Multi-Track Audio

Any students considering this course should have an interest in music recording, arranging, production and composition.  Students will learn about how to create music using the programmes on the macs, how to set up recording stations and use external equipment.

A high level of responsibility is required for this course and the ability to work both independently and in pairs and groups.

This course is 100% coursework.  This means that there is no exam at the end of the course, but there are deadlines throughout each term that must be met in terms of logging evidence towards these units.

Coursework is marked as a Pass, Merit or Distinction.  To achieve a 'Pass' overall, you must have achieved at least a 'Pass' in every unit criterion across the whole course.

Key Stage 4 Music ā€“ more information

You will receive free one-to-one tuition on your instrument in order to help improve your musical and performing skills.  We provide extra-curricular clubs in order to support your classroom learning which we expect students to want to attend in order to better their ensemble and solo playing skills.

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Overview

Examination Details:

Assessment: 75% coursework / 25% listening exam

The coursework includes 1 solo performance, 1 ensemble performance, 3 compositions along with log books and commentaries.  The examination is a listening test to check your aural skills ability and learning of all the aspects learnt during the course.

Different styles covered are: Club Dance (house, techno, Dā€™nā€™B, Garage, Trance, Ambient) Waltz, Tango, Salsa, Irish jig and reel, Bhangra, Disco, Programme Music, film music, romantic song, pop ballad, the classical concerto, jazz, Indian classical music, gamelan, Baroque, classical chamber music, the great choral classics and African a capella singing.


Instrumental / Vocal Tuition

band_nightLearning an instrument is an amazing skill for life and is hugely beneficial for learning development in all areas.  UCAS points are given for instrumental exams Grade 6 or above, which shows the importance placed upon learning an instrument to a high standard by Universities and Colleges and the skill required for it.

It is important that students want to continue to learn an instrument over a long period of time, not just 1 term.

We expect payment for lessons at the start of every term, before the student attends their lessons, therefore 3 times a year.

Lessons are heavily subsidised by the school, but your monetary contribution shows your commitment to learning and allows us to bring in the peripatetic teachers.  You do not pay per lesson, it is a payment for a term's commitment.  There are many groups and clubs your child can get involved in when they learn an instrument to expand their cultural knowledge and enjoy playing with other people.

Instruments lessons Available

  • Drums/Violin
  • Piano
  • Singing
  • Guitar
  • Bass Guitar

To stop lessons, at least half a term's written notice should be given in advance of the point you wish to stop.  This is to make sure school funds are not wasted and to allow lessons to be organised.  There are waiting lists for some instruments, so if a student wishes to discontinue lessons, we can then arrange for that slot to be allocated to another student.

Music Concerts

At Conisborough College we hold two music concerts every academic year ā€“ one in the Spring term and one in the Summer term.  These concerts are an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent of our students, which ranges across several clubs, bands and ensembles.





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Catford
London SE6 2SE

Tel: 020 8461 9600

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