Music

Rodney Browne - Head of Music - rodney.browne@swale.at

Subject Overview

  • Increase the capacity of your memory?
  • Refine your time management and organisational skills?
  • Improve team skills?
  • Enhance your co-ordination and fine motor skills?
  • Improve your mathematical abilities?
  • Expose you to different cultures and cultural history?
  • Foster your self-expression and confidence?
  • Improve listening skills?
  • Relieve stress?
  • Encourage self-discipline?
  • Enhance your respiratory system?
  • Sharpen your concentration?

 We aim to:

  • Provide enjoyable lessons in a safe environment
  • Teach well-prepared and stimulating lessons using a variety of activities
  • Include all students in the lesson
  • Provide opportunities for students to develop outside of the lesson
  • Expose students to a variety of Music
  • Encourage students to be independent in their learning
  • Enable students to develop functional skills that they can apply in different situations

Teaching and Learning

Year 7

  • Term 1: Programme Music
  • Term 2: Marches
  • Term 3/4: World Music
  • Term 5/6: Blues

Year 8

  • Term 1: Pop Music
  • Term 2: Song-writing
  • Term 3/4: Classical Music
  • Term 5/6: Performing

Year 9

  • Term 1: Rock Music (performing)
  • Term 2: Rock Music (composing)
  • Term 3/4: Classical Music
  • Term 5/6: Jazz / Musicals

Year 10

  • Term 1: Area 2 / Ensemble performances recorded / Preparations for composition (comp) 1 CA (controlled assessment)
  • Term 2: Area 3 / Solo performances recorded / Comp 1 CA
  • Term 3: Area 1 / Ensemble performances recorded / Preparations for Comp 2 CA
  • Term 4: Area 4 / Solo performances recorded / Preparations for Comp 2 CA
  • Term 5: Area 1/2 in more detail (revision) Comp 2 CA
  • Term 6: Area 3/4 in more detail (revision) and mock exam

Year 11

  • Term 1: Area 1/2 revision / Ensemble performances improved / Comp 1 scores
  • Term 2: Area 3/4 revision / Solo performances improved / Comp 2 scores
  • Term 3: Area 1-4 revision / Final coursework submission (4 pieces)
  • Term 4: Area 1-4 revision

KS4 Course(s) offered

GCSE students follow the EDEXCEL GCSE music curriculum https://qualifications.pearson.com/en/home.html

Assessment

Students are assessed on their performing, composing and listening abilities in music. These 3 assessment results are then averaged out to give them their final data level. At GCSE students coursework is 60% and the listening exam is 40%.

Homework

No homework is set for music in years 7 and 8, but students can use practice rooms before and after school and take opportunities to join music clubs and get involved in concerts. Students receive one hour of music homework a week in years 9, 10 and 11. This includes regular revision of key words studied in class for tests and instrumental practise (recommended practise would be 20 minutes a day).

Teaching Staff

Rodney Browne - Head of Music - rodney.browne@swale.at
Thomas Himsworth - Music Teacher - thomas.himsworth@swale.at
Nicolas Wardell - Music Technician & Teaching Assistant - nicolas.wardell@swale.at