Music Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, students follow the WJEC Eduqas GCSE Music course.

As a part of the course students study the three distinct musical disciplines of performing, composing and appraising through four interrelated areas of study.

The four areas of study are designed to develop knowledge and understanding of music through the study of a variety of genres and styles in their wider context.  The areas of study are:

  • The Western Classical Tradition
  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Popular Music

Students learn to play a musical instrument as a part of the course for which they perform two examined pieces.  They compose two pieces of music, which are also examined as coursework.  For the appraising component students develop their listening skills and extend their musical vocabulary and understanding of music theory.

Year 10 Curriculum OverviewComponentCoursework Piece/ Study Content
Term 1Performing
Composing
Appraising
- Performing Coursework: Solo Piece
- How to Compose
- Appraising - Grade 1 and 2 Music Theory
Term 2Performing
Composing
Appraising
- Performing Coursework: Solo Piece
- Composing Coursework: Piece 1 (Free Choice)
- Appraising: Grade 1 and 2 Music Theory, Musical Forms and Devices
Term 3Performing
Composing
Appraising
- Performing Coursework: Group Piece
- Composing Coursework: Piece 1 Free Choice
- Appraising: Music for Ensembles

 

Year 11 Curriculum OverviewComponentCoursework Piece/ Study Content
Term 1Performing
Composing
Appraising
- Performing Coursework: Solo & Group Pieces
- Composing Coursework: Piece 2 (Exam set brief)
- Appraising: Film Music
Term 2Performing
Composing
Appraising
- Performing Coursework: Solo & Group Pieces
- Composing Coursework: Piece 2 (Exam set brief)
- Appraising: Popular Music
Term 3AppraisingListening Paper Exam Preparation