Key Stage 4

Key Stage 4

Pupils who choose to study music for GCSE follow the EDUQAS syllabus. Within this there are four areas of study, each which contain 2 set works for study. Pupils are expected to complete up to four performances on an instrument of their choice and compose two pieces of original music from scratch. The overview for the three year course is outlined below.
 
Year 9
 
Performance
Composition
Theory

Autumn 1

Introduction to performance
Selecting a suitable piece
Completing rehearsal log
Critical analysis and self-reflection
Performance Notes - about the piece
Practicing of pieces
Introduction to composing
Musescore features and
introduction
Variations Composition
Introduction to Music and the
course
Elements of music - Basic
listening skills
Timbre
Dynamics
Tempo
Structure
Styles of Music
New knowledge assessment
on Socrative
Autumn 2
Piece Practice
Year 9 Performance Piece 1
Variations Composition
Variations Assessment
Rhythm and Pitch
Composing Rhythms
Time Signatures - Regular and Irregular
Tonality
Voice Types

Spring 1

Practice piece
Pop Composition
Four chord song
Lyric Writing
Eras of Music - Baroque -
>20th Century
Music of the World
- African Music
- Indian Music
- Caribbean Music
Spring 2
Piece Practice
Year 9 Performance Piece 2
Pop Composition
Pop Composition Assessment
Riff/Ostinato - Mini
Compositions to link in with
Pop Comp
Music for Ensemble
Summer 1
Practice piece
Film Music Composition
Musicals
- History and Analysis
- West Side Story - plot and
libretto
- Writing a short synopsis and a song for a made up  musical
Summer 2
Piece Practice
Year 9 Performance Piece 3
Film Music Composition
Film Music Composition
Assessment
Film Music
- Genres
- Leitmotif
- Setting the scene

 

Year 10

 
Performance
Composition
Theory
Autumn 1
Practice piece
Experimental Music
Composition
-  Minimalism
-  Serialism
-  Programme Music
Key Signatures
Chord Structures
Inversions
Ground Bass
Basso Continuo
Autumn 2
Piece Practice
Year 10 Performance Piece 1
Experimental Music Composition
Experimental Music
Composition Assessment
Setwork - Eine Kleine
Nacthmusik analysis
Piece history and
Mozart’s Life
Cadences
Articulation
Instrument Playing
Techniques
Spring 1
Practice piece
12 Bar Blues Composition
Seatwork - Since you’ve
been gone
Rainbows Background and
Context
Chord Structure
Spring 2
Piece Practice
Year 10 Performance Piece 2
12 Bar Blues Composition
12 Bar Blues Composition
Assessment
Texture in Music
Melody and Harmony
Extended Writing
(MAD TSHIRTS)
Year 10 MOCKS
Summer 1
Practice piece
Classical Composition
-  Binary
-  Ternary
-  Rondo
Developmental Techniques
Free Composition
Listening Tests
Summer 2
Piece Practice
Year 10 Performance Piece 3
Preparing for Year 11
repertoire
Classical Composition
Classical Composition
Assessment
Preparing for Year 11
Free Composition
Listening Tests
 
Year 11
 
Performance
Composition
Theory
Autumn 1
Practical Assessments
Exploring a Brief
Appropriate Listening and
Analysis
Brief Composition - 20 Hours
Eine Kleine Nachmusik
Since you’ve been gone
Mock Preparation
Autumn 2
Practical Assessments
Brief Composition - 20 Hours
Mock Exams
Practical Focus (Composition and Practical Performances)
P6 Revisions Sessions
Spring 1
Practical Assessments
Extending existing
compositions - Free
Composition
20 Hours
Set works
MAD TSHIRTS Theory
Recapping prior knowledge
Exam Style Questions
P6 Revisions Sessions
Spring 2
Practical Assessments
EASTER DEADLINE
Extending existing
compositions -
Free Composition 20 Hours
EASTER DEADLINE
Set works
MAD TSHIRTS Theory
Recapping prior knowledge
Exam Style Questions
P6 Revisions Sessions
Easter Revision
Summer 1
N/A
N/A
Coursework Deadline Date -
5th May
Exam Prep Revision
P6 Revisions Sessions
May 1/2 Term Revision
Summer 2
N/A
N/A
EXAM at the start of Term!