Key Stage 3 overview
In years 7 and 8, pupils follow a broad and balanced Music curriculum that provides them with the key skills of performance, composition and listening and appraising needed for success at GCSE.
Topics studied include:
- The elements of music/ rhythm
- Musical Clichés
- Hooks and Riffs
- African Drumming
- Blues Music
- MIDI editing
- Rock and Roll Music
- Reggae Music
- Variations through the study of Drones, Chords and Ostinati
The music room is available at lunchtimes for pupils to enhance their practical skills using the suite of Apple Macs and the musical instruments available to them. (Electronic keyboards, electronic drum kit, electronic piano, upright piano, acoustic guitars, bass guitar, electric guitars and a range of tuned and unturned percussion instruments).
Pupils also have the opportunity to pay for individual or small group instrumental lessons within school time on the following instruments:
- Brass (Cornet, Tenor horn, French horn, Baritone, Trombone and Tuba)
- Woodwind (Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Saxophone)
- Guitar (Acoustic, Electric and Bass)
- Piano (Electronic piano and Keyboard)
Key Stage 4 overview
Pupils follow a three-year curriculum, which is designed to equip them with the skills necessary to achieve their full potential in their GCSEs. At the end of KS4, pupils will sit the AQA Music GCSE. A copy of the specification is available to download from the AQA website.
The course has three elements; Understanding Music (listening); performing and composing. Each element is explored throughout the course, allowing the pupil’s own interest and musical style to be the basis for this work.
All pupils taking this course should already be skilled in playing an instrument or using their voice and therefore will be encouraged to have further lessons in their chosen instrument. These can be provided through the School, or taken privately.
Music intervention is held on Wednesday and Thursday evenings, from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. Theory support is available also on Tuesday lunchtimes for years 8 and 9 pupils to come along for extra support with music theory.
Various extra curricular opportunities are offered to pupils to stretch our gifted and talented pupils, and to offer invaluable opportunities for pupils to perform tin front of an audience:
- Young Voices
- Keele University Degree Performance Recitals
- The Celebration of Music
- The UET Performing Arts Showcase
- Awards Evening
- Open Evening
- Whole School assemblies
- Audley LAP Christmas Lunch
- Pop Up Restaurant
Qualification assessment overview
All pupils sit an assessment at the completion of each unit of work as well as at the end of each half term. These are used to track progress and tailor any necessary intervention for pupils.
- There is 60% of internal assessment and 40% of external assessment
- The Performance element of the course is 30% and requires 4 minutes of performance, both solo and ensemble (to include at least 1 minute of ensemble)
- The Composition element of the course is 30% and requires two compositions. One composition is a free choice piece, and one composition to a brief set externally by AQA – both to be completed in year 11
- The listening element of the course is 40% and includes 8 questions based upon general listening to a variety of musical genres and 2 questions are based upon two set works (3 Beatles songs and Haydn’s Clock Symphony mvt2)
How can parents support their child and Sir Thomas Boughey Academy with Music?
- Please encourage your child to attend Music Intervention on the relevant day
- Please support your child with their weekly attendance and practise for their instrumental lessons
- Please encourage your child to take part in the various performance opportunities available to them
- Please encourage your child to listen critically to music heard, with a musical ear
- Please help to submerge your child in as many different musical genres as you can