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Music

All pupils and students at Hagley Catholic High School follow a taught course of Music. The Department is made up by Three specialist teacher and supported by a technician who are fully committed to the education of the pupils:

  • Mr. F Mallinson - Subject Leader of Music

  • Miss. S McMinn - Teacher of Music
  • Mrs. C Foster - Teacher of Music (P/T)

 

 

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What is GCSE Music all about?

GCSE Music is about making and listening to music. It covers performing, composing and listening in a wide variety of musical styles and offers opportunities to use music technology such as sequencing and recording.

 

Will I enjoy this course?

You will enjoy this course if you want to study a subject that: is largely practical (60% involves practical music-making); allows you to be creative; gives you the opportunity to play music with others in e.g., rock groups, bands, orchestras or local choirs; gives you the opportunity to learn more about and use music technology.

 

What could I do next with GCSE Music?

GCSE Music prepares you well for AS/A Levels in Music and Music Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas (in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology) and the Vocational A-Level in Performing Arts. You may wish to take a GCSE in Music simply because you enjoy it, perhaps to form the basis of a future interest or because you wish to go into a job in music or the Arts (e.g. the music industry, publishing, entertainment, teaching, events management, front of house etc.). Music also gives you broader experiences that are valued in many other professions that require you to show good teamwork, communication and expressive skills as well as commitment, confidence and creativity.

 

What will I study?

You will learn about different styles of music from different eras and different parts of the world by studying set works. These are divided up into four areas of study: 

 Western classical music 1600-1899

 Music in the 20th century

 Popular music in context

 World music

 

The course structure is outlined below:

Components Weighting Assessment Description

Performance 30% Coursework Perform 2 pieces on any instrument, in any style.  One solo, one ensemble 

Composition 30% Coursework Compose 2 pieces of music from different areas of study

Listening 40% Examination One and a half hour exam based on pieces of music you have studied throughout the course

 

Examination Board: Edexcel Syllabus Code: 2MU01

Head of Department: Mr. F. Mallinson


 

MUSIC

 

FANTASTIC MUSIC SUITE AND A STRONG TRADITION OF PERFORMING.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

You will continue to study Performing, Composing and Listening. During the course, there will be lots of performing opportunities and you will give a solo performance at the end of the course. You will study many different styles of music and use this to compose, answer listening questions and respond to structured questions.

 

HOW YOU STUDY

Music is a practical subject and all areas of the course will be approached through the practical activities of listening, performing and composing. You need discipline for rehearsing performances, research skills for analysis but, above all, musicality and a love of music of all kinds.

 

DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES

The Music Suite is a fantastic resource for the study of A-level music. It has a suite of practice rooms, an acoustically flattering performance area, a varied selection of scores and recordings and a recording studio. The Music Department has cutting edge technology to help realise your compositions and to help with Harmonic exercises.

The department has strong links with the CBSO and we regularly take A-level students to Symphony Hall for a variety of concerts and master classes and, where possible, musicians are invited to school to give lectures and workshops.

 

PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

Music courses at degree level are very diverse, offering students the chance to specialise in a chosen career path. Degrees may include courses on technology, music therapy, arts administration, performance and the study of more traditional musical skills.

 

OTHER RELATED DEGREE COURSES

Music Technology Degrees Performance Degrees/Diplomas Combined Arts Degrees.

 

OUR SUCCESSES

Music has now been taught at this school for the past 16 years and is a well-established part of the curriculum. We do share the modules of this subject with the Music department from Haybridge. Being able to offer such a wealth of expertise and experience from two departments is a huge advantage for our students.

Many of our music students have gone on to read music at degree level. Students have gone on to pursue careers related to music such as teaching at primary level with specialism in music, secondary school music teaching and working in recording studios.

 

COMBINES WELL WITH

Mathematics, Modern Foreign Languages, other arts subjects such as Drama, Art. Music provides a balance to any combination of A-levels.

 

GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

A grade B or above in Music would be desirable.

You should also be able to sing or play to at least Grade IV level.

 



 

MUSIC TECHNOLOGY

 

SUITABLE FOR ALL GOOD MUSICIANS, FROM ROCK TO CLASSICAL WITH AN INTEREST IN RECORDING AND MANIPULATING SOUND.

 

WHAT YOU STUDY

This is mainly a practical subject. Students will study sequencing and recording techniques. Each student creates a portfolio of work to be sent to the board.

The course is suitable for all good musicians, from rock to classical with an interest in recording and manipulating sound using various types of musical technology. It provides the opportunity to build on your composing, arranging and listening skills.

The main entrance requirement is that students should have an interest in and experience of using recording technology (computer or studio based) to capture and edit sound. Students should be able to show evidence of their skills in this area, Students should have good aural skills and the ability to read and use conventional notation. In addition should have an interest in a variety of different popular musical styles, good ICT skills and a hard working attitude. Although they will not be assessed on their instrumental skills although some practical performance expertise would be useful.

 

HOW YOU STUDY

This course is based largely around practical activity, supported by guided listening and music technology theory. Around 75% your time will be spent arranging and recording music. Teaching is in small groups and students need to be able to work independently and collaboratively. It must be pointed out that there will be very regular deadlines and most of the work can only be done in the Music Technology rooms. This will impact upon your private study time.

 

DEPARTMENT STRENGTHS AND RESOURCES

The course is very popular and results and coursework is of a very high standard. We work closely with engineers in the industry and our students have opportunities to visit and attend workshops to enhance their learning. All practical aspects of this course will be taught at Hagley which has state of the art equipment. This includes a suite of Apple Mac computers running Logic and Sibelius software. The department also has a recording studio with a “live” booth and a wide range of microphones. The theoretical aspect of the paper is delivered at Haybridge and both departments work closely together so our students get the very best from the course.

 

PROGRESSION TO UNIVERSITY

A number of students continue their study into Music Technology at University. This year destinations have included Leeds and Brighton.

 

RELATED DEGREE COURSES

Advanced Level Music is the stepping stone for further study of Music Technology or Performing Arts at Higher National or Degree Level. It can also help in a career in the music industry or in a technology/computer orientated career.

 

SUCCESSES

This is a new subject to study at A-level. Last year, every student reached or improved on their target grade. All students who have taken the course in the last three years has passed with many achieving the higher A and B grades.

 

GCSE ENTRANCE REQUIREMENTS

 

There are no Level 2 subject specific entrance requirements, but a good pass in a level 2 qualification in music, e.g. Music grade A* - B, would prove useful.


Music Extra Curricular Activities

 

 

 

 

Before School 8am

Lunchtime 12 till 12.45

After School 3.35 till 4.30

Music 1

Music 2

Music 1

Music 2

Monday

 

 

Folk Band

 

50's Band

 

 

Tuesday

Samba Drumming

(8.20)

Obsession

Wind Group

Yr 7 Band

 

 

Wednesday

Guitar Ensemble (8.20)

Yr 9 Group

 

The Heist

 

Choir

Thursday

 

 

Yr 8 Group

Brass Group

 

Junior/ Senior Orchestra

Friday

 

 

BVG's (12:00)

Strings (12:30)

Vocal ensample

(Years 9 - 10)

 

 

 

Remember.... if you learn an Orchestral Instrument in school you MUST attend Orchestra on Thursday after school

and every student having music lessons in school must attend at least one of these activities / week

 

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