KS4 Music

Examination Board


Homework Expectations

At Key Stage 4home work consists mainly of instrumental and or singing practice which is an essential, integral part of the course. Sometimes listening activities may be set or on line tasks set using 'Focus on Sound'.

Revision Links

Visiting Instrumental Staff

  • Mr. D. Clark - Guitar
  • Mr. S. White - Drums
  • Miss L. Skyers - Woodwind
  • Mrs. R. Hardwick - Brass
  • Mr. K Wheelan - Violin and Piano
  • Mrs. R Galloway - Cello
  • Mr. N Wells - Ukulele

Information about the course

This exam consists of three key sections:

Performing - 30%
This involves recording solo performances and ensemble performances either on instrument or voice. Students choose pieces of music to work on that suit their interests and talents in order to develop skills as a performer.

Composing - 30%
Students explore how sounds can be combined, developed and organised to create imaginative pieces of music. Two final pieces of composition work are entered as exam course work.

Listening - 40%
4 topics are studied (‘Film Music’,’ The Concerto Through Time’, ‘World Music’ and ‘Conventions of Pop). There is a listening exam at the end of the course which focuses on these specified topics.

This is a course which will develops confidence and encourages artistic expression through performing and composing. It develops team work skills, encourages independent learning and helps to develop listening skills.

KS3 - Music

Information about the course

Students work on a wide range of topics which change every half term. Subjects they study include the elements of music, singing, the structure of songs and song writing, world music, notation, rap, samba, the blues, African drumming and musical devices.

Homework Expectations

Home work is not routinely set but is set when relevant to the lesson and may be an activity such as a listening task, research or musical brain gym activities.