The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 12 Music Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year: Performing Music; Composing; Developing Musical Understanding

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    Skills

    1

    Performance

    Students will prepare a solo performance and participate in a recital to develop understanding of the marking criteria.

    Performance; rehearsal technique and specific instrumental/ vocal techniques.

    2

    Composing

    Students will be given a short introductory task to introduce the composition marking criteria. They will then be introduced to the composition tasks set by the exam board and investigate ideas for their own composition.

    Melody technique; structures in music; harmonic repertoire; resources and arrangement.

    3

    Developing Musical Understanding

    This unit is split into three parts to be assessed in the exam a) aural skills b) analysis of set works from the anthology c) chords and lines.

    a)This unit develops skills from GCSE.  Students will develop their ability to recognise key musical features aurally from the set works.

    b) Ten set pieces of music will be studied from instrumental and vocal repertoire. Students will develop the ability to analyse a score, recognise and discuss key musical features as well as explain the context of the music.

    c) Students will develop knowledge of keys and modulation as well as understanding chords in four part harmony.

    Spring Term

     

     

     

    1

    Performance

    Students will prepare a 5 – 6 minute recital on their main instrument or voice to be recorded for the examinations.

    Instrumental techniques, accuracy of pitch and rhythm; intonation and communication skills.

    2

    Composition

    Students will prepare and complete their composition from a given brief.

    Quality of ideas; coherence and structure; forces and textures; harmony; melody and rhythm.

    3

    Developing Musical Understanding

    During this term the study of set works will be completed. Aural skills will be refined and theory developed further for the chords and lines question.

    Aural skills; analysis and quality of written communication in essays and theory skills.

    Summer Term

     

     

     

    1

    Composition

    Students will prepare for a ‘sleeve note’ exam in which they have to describe the form and structure, rhythm, melody, harmony, texture and handling of instruments

    Written skills to explain creative choices.

    2

    Developing Musical Understanding

    Students will revise the set works and complete practice papers in preparation for the main summer exam.

    Aural skills; analysis and quality of written communication in essays and theory skills.

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    Performance

    Solo performance

    Spring Term    

    CAT 2

    Developing Musical Understanding

    Aural test; essay question paper; theory test

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    Developing Musical Understanding

    Mock Exam

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details 

    Term 

    Text books

    AS Music Study Guide 

    All

    Recommended reading

    The AB guide to Music Theory Book 1

    All

    Recommended websites

    www.edexcel.com

    All

    Equipment

    Instrument/ Associated Board or other exam board music

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity

    Concert Band

    Big Band

    Orchestra

    School Choir

    Jazz Combos