Year 9 Choices
Are you passionate performer? Have you enjoyed playing an instrument at KS3 or participate in lessons in or out of school? Then music may be a great choice for you!
You will complete three components over 2 years;
Component 1: Exploring Musical Products and styles
Developing understanding of the compositional and sonic features of a variety of styles of music through different products including performance, composition, creating music for media and using a DAW.
Component 2 – Music Skills Development
Developing skills in performing, composing, and producing before specialising in two areas to create products in and keeping a record of how your skills have developed.
Component 3 – Responding to a Music Brief (EXTERNAL ASSESSMENT)
Plan, create and evaluate your own interpretation of a song into a new genre selected from a choice set by the exam board.
There is no exam in the sports hall, but assessments take place frequently over the two years.
Through studying this course you can choose to take music further specialising in Performance, Production, Composition or even Musical Theatre at a local college or Sixth Form at Level 3.
Studying Music can lead to a career in the UK’s vibrant music industry, where there is a variety of job roles, either on stage or behind the scenes.
Crucially, by studying Music students learn key skills that are vital for any career – especially creativity and communication, which are stated time and time again as key traits that employers in every industry are looking for.
There is a wide variety of careers in the UK’s Music Industry, not all to do with performing. These include:
- Music Performer
- Session Musician
- Music Producer
- Studio Engineer
- Sound Technician
- Music Teacher
- Composer (e.g. Film or Computer Games)
- Music Therapist
- Music Journalist
- A&R Representative
Component 1 and 2 are completed in controlled conditions over a number of weeks. This is then internally assessed by me and your marks are submitted to the exam board and they may sample your work to check the marking.
Component 3 is completed in exam conditions in a number of hours set by the exam board. Work is then sent to them to mark.
Your final grade is calculated by the number of marks awarded for each unit.
Students picking Music need to have a passion for the whole subject and a desire to learn more about it and develop all skills needed.
Students must have basic skills on at least one instrument (including vocals) as well as the willingness to practice daily to improve their skills.
All students must have good standards of literacy and ICT to complete written and computer-based composition and production work.
Good attendance will be needed to ensure you don’t miss on learning and are prepared for the assessment that takes place over a lot of lesson time. Your first assessment will be from January to April of year 10. Time missed will be made up after school.