Below are details regarding the KS3 and KS4 Music curriculum.
Details coming soon…
GCSE OCR Music
Students at Beaumont Leys School study GCSE Music across 2 years while they are in year 10 and 11 and follow the OCR specification.
The OCR GCSE Music course aims to:
- Develop the students’ interest and enjoyment of music that will be sustained in later life, so that they are inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
- Develop the students’ own musical interests and skills including an understanding of how to make music individually and in groups.
- Enable the students to evaluate their own and others’ music.
- Develop understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music.
- Develop broader life-skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation.
During the two year GCSE course, students study different types of music through performance, composition and listening and appraising. There are 4 units which the students work in:
- Performance on the students’ own instrument (internally marked/externally moderated)
- Composition for the students’ instrument (internally marked/externally moderated)
- Ensemble performance on the student’s instrument (internally marked/externally moderated)
- Composition in the style of music from Area of Study 2 which includes descriptive music and dance music (internally marked/externally moderated)
- Creative task – students compose of a short piece from a melodic or rhythmic stimulus (starting point) (externally marked)
- Listening paper – students complete a paper lasting approximately one hour, in exam conditions. Students answer short and long questions in relation to music they have studied over the GCSE course.
Students will be given regular homework to complete within one or two days.
Students MUST also practice their instrument for a minimum 30 minutes, 5 days a week. This will ensure that they are developing their performing skills and will therefore they will be able to perform a more difficult piece of music for their exam.