KS4 Music

GCSE Performance Exam Timetable 2017

 

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music perform exam 20171

music perform exam 20171

Music KS4 Homework

KS4 Music homework is used to support the work covered in lessons and to develop students understanding of the coursework and exam based aspects of the course. In addition to the homework tasks set on ‘Show My Homework’, GCSE Music students are expected to develop their performance material in their own time.

 

Music Curriculum K.S.4

 

At KS4 we follow the AQA GCSE Music specification. The course is split into three areas; Listening and Appraising, Composing and Performing.

The coursework requirements for the current year 11 are outlined below.
The specification for year 11 students can be found on the AQA GCSE Music Website
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-4270 (specification for exams from 2014)

 

Current Yr 11 cohort

Unit 1: Listening.

A listening exam, written paper covering five strands within the three areas of study.

This unit accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Unit 2: Compositing & Appraising.

A composition set within one of the three areas of study. The area of study for this cohort is Western Classical Tradition.

A written appraisal of the composition process.

This unit accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Unit 3: Performing

A solo and ensemble performance.

This unit accounts for 40% of the final grade.

Unit 4: Composing

A composition chosen by the student.

This unit accounts for 20% for the final grade.

 

The three areas of study are;

  • The Western Classical Tradition.

  • Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Century.

  • World Music (Caribbean, African and Indian).

The five strands are;

  • Rhythm & Metre
  • Harmony & Tonality
  • Texture & Melody
  • Timbre & Dynamics
  • Structure & Form.

 

 The coursework requirements for the current year 10 are outlined below.
The specification for year 10 students can be found on the AQA GCSE Music Website
www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/music/gcse/music-8271 (specification for exams from 2016)

 

Current Yr 10 cohort

Component 1: Understanding music.

  • Listening
  • Contextual understanding-Exam paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music.

Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (covering the four areas of study through the various strands).

Section B: Study pieces.

This component is worth 40 % of final grade.

Component 2: Performing music.

  • Performance 1:

      Solo performance

  • Performance 2:

Ensemble performance.

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance.

This component is 30 % worth of the final grade.

Component 3:

  • Composition 1:   

      Composition to a brief.

  • Composition 2:

      Free composition.

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required.

This component is worth 30 % of the final grade.

 

The four areas of study are;
  • Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910
  • Popular music
  • Traditional music
  • Western classical tradition since 1910.

The strands are;

  • Melody
  • Harmony
  • Tonality
  • Structure
  • Timbre
  • Texture
  • Tempo, rhythm & metre
  • Dynamics & articulation


 

 

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