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Year 13 Music Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year:

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. They will also develop their knowledge of four part harmony for the second examination task.

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

Knowledge of modulation to more distant keys. Use of chromatic chords.

3

Further Musical Understanding

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

a) This unit develops skills from AS. Students will develop their ability to recognise key musical features aurally from western classical music

b) 10 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.

 

Spring Term

 

 

 

1

Performance

Students will prepare a 12 – 15 minute recital at Grade 6 standard which will be performed to an invited audience and recorded for the examiner.

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

2

Composing

Students will prepare and complete their composition from a given brief. They will also continue their studies of JS Bach and four part harmony.

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

 

3

Further Musical Understanding

Study of the set works will be completed. Aural skills will be refined.

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

Summer Term

 

 

 

1

Composing

Students will complete a theory exam paper.

Bach Chorales.

2

Further 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.

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

Performance

Solo performance

CAT 2

Further Musical Understanding

Aural test; essay question paper and theory test

CAT 3

Further Musical Understanding

Mock Exam

Main Resources:

Resource

Details 

Term 

Text books

A2 Music Study Guide

All

Recommended reading

The AB guide to Music Theory Book 2

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

 

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