WHAT WE STUDY IN MUSIC
The Building Blocks of All Music
The Instruments Around Us
The Science of Sound
Music of the People
Exploring different cultures through their Music
Stories in Music - Looking at how musicans told stories through their compositions from the Baroque to modern day. We learn to play as part of an ensemble using keyboards and the ukulele as well as writing Protest Songs and Film Music.
You will learn to know and recognise musical styles of the past and present, from Beethoven to Dr Who, from Europe and around the world.
Composing and Appraising 30%
You will submit two contrasting compositions which can be in whatever style you like. We make full use of the Music Technology Lab to help you create and record your ideas.
Performing and Appraising 35%
You will have the opportunity to give a solo performance and also to perform as part of a group. You get lots of practice at this through all the groups we have at school so it is important to try out as many different ways of performing and working with others as you can.
Listening and Appraising 35%
Repeated Patterns in Music
Musical Traditions in Ireland
Following on from GCSE you have the opportunity to work throughout the year to create one piece of music. Using Music Technology you can work to create a sequenced arrangement of a given piece instead of composing your own, giving you the opportunity of getting to grips more fully with the range of Music Technology software.
You will also give a performance programme on your instrument/instruments lasting 5-8 mins (AS) 10-12mins (A2).
At AS level you will study the interesting topic of The Musical along with getting a secure understanding of The Symphony and Concerto throughout 5 set works.
At A2 level you will go back to the Renaissance period by learning about the Secular Music (1580-1620), much of which you will have sung or heard through choir over the years. You will also push your musical understanding well into the key works of the 20th-century, again through a series of setworks.
Examining these areas, there will be a listening paper and a written paper.