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We have two music specialists within our department, Mrs Winter and Mr Hackshaw. As practicing musicians in a variety of contexts, we love to share our wide range of experiences with students at Ralph Thoresby School. This is done through teaching an exciting and practical curriculum, with many opportunities to develop musical experiences further through extra-curricular activities and trips to view the world of music within concert and workshop contexts.

Links to SMSC and British Values

Spiritual

Music is one of the most fundamental modes of human expression. Through the musical experiences at Ralph Thoresby pupils are encouraged to express their feelings and learn about themselves. We have seen the positive impact this can have.

Moral

At Ralph Thoresby we have a very supportive environment, and we stress the importance of respecting and encouraging others when we are working with them and watching their performances.

Cultural

The arts form a central part of human culture. Studying music allows students to encounter cultural practices from different parts of the world and better understand a cultural history of their own society.

Social

Becoming comfortable with performance is a key transferable skill in music that brings many benefits through development of confidence and communication. In music, students will work within groups on collaborative projects, give and receive feedback to and from their peers and have the opportunity to work with others of different ages.

Courses available to take at KS4 and KS5:

  • KS4: GCSE
  • KS5: A Level
  • Year 7 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      The Elements of Music and Keyboard Skills (1)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will begin to learn about the ‘building blocks’ of music and develop basic keyboard skills through rehearsal and performance.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of technical keyboard studies.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      The Elements of Music and Keyboard Skills (2)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will continue to develop their knowledge on the ‘building blocks’ of music and move on to more challenging performance work on the keyboards.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of ‘Titanic’ on the keyboard..

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Music from China

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students study the history of music from China, learning about traditional Chinese instruments and musical devices through composition and performance.
      Throughout this unit there will be a large focus on the element of ‘pitch’, developing students’ knowledge of music theory.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of pentatonic composition.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Music from Africa

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students study the history of music from Africa, learning about traditional African instruments and musical devices through composition and performance.
      Throughout this unit there will be a large focus on the element of ‘rhythm’, developing students’ knowledge of music theory.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of polyrhythmic composition.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Variation Form

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Through composition, students will develop their own set of variations for a well-known melody.
      This unit will utilise and develop previous learning about the elements of music.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of variations on a theme.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Blues & Rock ‘n’ Roll

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students study the history of Blues music and its development into Rock ‘n’ Roll In bands, students will develop performances reflecting the characteristics of these styles.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on band performance of a blues/rock ‘n’ roll piece.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    The Elements of Music

    HT1 keyboard skills music

    HT2 keyboard skills music 

    HT6 blues keyboard music 

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Listening at home: please encourage your child to explore each topic further at home, especially through listening to a variety of styles of music using YouTube/Spotify etc. The best learning happens when we hear the experts perform.

     

    Practice: Music practice is essential to make progress in this course. Students will be expected to complete extra practice in preparation for assessed music performances, and the music rooms and equipment will be available to be used during break and lunch times. Please encourage your child to practice as much as possible.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework will be set at least once for each unit to reinforce the work we do in class. Please ask your child about their music homework and encourage them to be organised in completing and submitting homework of the highest possible standard. As music is a new and unfamiliar subject to many students, we offer pupils every support with homework, including an after-school homework club.

     

    Students must also complete their ‘practice card’ throughout the year as part of compulsory homework. They will receive their card in their first lesson and must get it stamped/signed whenever they do extra practice. This must happen at least 4 times per half term and they will be checked regularly.

  • Year 8 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      All about Chords

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will learn the musical theory behind creating chords and show their understanding through performance.
      They will develop their instrumental skills by using guitars as well as keyboards.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on group band performance of a pop song.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Music and Media (1)

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will study how music is used within film, looking at work by famous composers such as John Williams and Hans Zimmer.
      They will develop their keyboard skills, practicing and performing several famous examples of film themes.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of a famous film theme on the keyboard.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Musical Futures

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      This student-led project will give pupils the opportunity to develop their musical style by re-creating and performing music that they enjoy.
      They will develop skills in managing a group of people whilst rehearsing effectively as a band.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on group band performance of a pop song.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      Minimalism

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will study the musical features and techniques used in minimalist music, looking at famous composers such as Steve Reich and Philip Glass.
      They will use their learning to compose and perform their own piece of minimalism.

      Assessment

      PINS assessment at the end of half term on minimalism composition produced on GarageBand.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      Music from Latin America

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students study the history of music from Latin America through research, composition and performance.
      Throughout this unit there will be a large focus on the element of ‘rhythm’, further developing students’ knowledge of music theory.

      Assessment

      Practical PINS assessment at the end of half term on performance of a piece of salsa/samba music.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Music and Media (2

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Students will continue to learn how music is used within media, following on from previous learning from Half Term 2.
      The major project will be composition based, using computer software to create music to play along with a film clip.

      Assessment

      PINS assessment at the end of half term on soundtrack composition produced on GarageBand.

    How can I support my child?

    Revision materials/support for any exams:

    The Elements of Music

    HT1 Band Work music

    HT2 Film Themes keyboard music

    HT5 Salsa keyboard music 

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Listening at home: please encourage your child to explore each topic further at home, especially through listening to a variety of styles of music using YouTube/Spotify etc. The best learning happens when we hear the experts perform.

     

    Practice: Music practice is essential to make progress in this course. Students will be expected to complete extra practice in preparation for assessed music performances, and the music rooms and equipment will be available to be used during break and lunch times. Please encourage your child to practice as much as possible.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework will be set at least once for each unit to reinforce the work we do in class. Please ask your child about their music homework and encourage them to be organised in completing and submitting homework of the highest possible standard. As music is a new and unfamiliar subject to many students, we offer pupils every support with homework, including an after-school homework club.

     

    Students must also complete their ‘practice card’ throughout the year as part of compulsory homework. They will receive their card in their first lesson and must get it stamped/signed whenever they do extra practice. This must happen at least 4 times per half term and they will be checked regularly.

  • Year 9 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Music theory. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to learn about the theory of music, particularly focusing on reading and writing music, keys, scales and chords.
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on music theory. PINS assessment on ensemble performance

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Music theory. Solo performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will continue to learn about theory of music, particularly focusing on form & structure and instruments.
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on music theory. PINS assessment on solo performance.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS1: ‘Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910’. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to learn about the history and characteristics of the ‘Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910’ (AoS1).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on AoS1. PINS assessment on ensemble performance.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS2: ‘Popular Music’. Solo performance. Composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to learn about the history and characteristics of the ‘Popular Music’ (AoS2).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.
      Composing music: Students will explore composition through a set brief using GarageBand.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on AoS2. PINS assessment on solo performance. PINS assessment on composition coursework

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS3: ‘Traditional Music. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to learn about the history and characteristics of ‘Traditional Music’ (AoS3).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on AoS3. PINS assessment on ensemble performance.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS4: ‘Western Classical Tradition since 1910’. Solo performance. Composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to learn about the history and characteristics of the ‘Western Classical Tradition since 1910’ (AoS4).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.
      Composing music: Students will explore composition

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on AoS4. PINS assessment on solo performance. PINS assessment on composition coursework.

    How can I support my child?

    Regular listening practise, listening to a wide range of music.

    BBC bitesize for revision of the elements of music

    Complete all revision listening exercises set as homework

    Produce ‘flash’ cards for all music terminology and then memorise these terms and apply them to unfamiliar music

    Complete past papers and complete music theory past papers

    Listen to orchestral music and learn how to identify the instruments of the orchestra

    GCSE Revision Help Booklet 

    AQA GCSE Subject specific vocabulary 

    Rhinegold: AQA GCSE Music Revision Guide/Study Guide/Listening Tests

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    Listening at home: please encourage your child to explore each topic further at home, especially through listening to a variety of styles of music using YouTube/Spotify etc. The best learning happens when we hear the experts perform.

     

    Practice: Music practice is essential to make progress in this course. Students will be expected to complete extra practice in preparation for assessed music performances, and the music rooms and equipment will be available to be used during break and lunch times. Please encourage your child to practice as much as possible.

     

    Homework Information

    Homework will be set at least once for each unit to reinforce the work we do in class. Please ask your child about their music homework and encourage them to be organised in completing and submitting homework of the highest possible standard. As music is a new and unfamiliar subject to many students, we offer pupils every support with homework, including an after-school homework club.

     

    Students must also complete their ‘practice card’ throughout the year as part of compulsory homework. They will receive their card in their first lesson and must get it stamped/signed whenever they do extra practice. This must happen at least 4 times per half term and they will be checked regularly.

  • Year 10 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS4 Study piece ‘Smooth’. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to study the set work, Santana’s ‘Smooth’ (AoS3).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on understanding music and Santana’s ‘Smooth’. PINS assessment on ensemble performance.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS4 Study piece ‘Migra’. Solo performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to study the set work, Santana’s ‘Migra’ (AoS3).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on understanding music and Santana’s ‘Migra’. PINS assessment on solo performance.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS4 Study piece ‘Love of My Life’. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to study the set work, Santana’s ‘Love of My Life’ (AoS3).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Written PINS assessment on understanding music and Santana’s ‘Love of My Life’. PINS assessment on ensemble performance.

    • 04

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS1 Study piece ‘Symphony 101’. Solo performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will begin to study the set work, Haydn’s Symphony 10, Movement 2 (AoS1).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.

      Assessment

      Understanding music: Students will begin to study the set work, Haydn’s Symphony 10, Movement 2 (AoS1). Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.

    • 05

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS1 Study piece ‘Symphony 101’. Ensemble performance.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will continue to study the set work, Haydn’s Symphony 10, Movement 2 (AoS1).
      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform an ensemble performance with others in the class.

      Assessment

      Formal mock exam on Component 1: Understanding music. PINS assessment on ensemble performance.

    • 06

      Course Topic(s)

      Solo performance. Free composition.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Performing music: Students will rehearse and perform a solo performance.
      Composing music: Students will create their free composition which will be submitted next year as part of the final coursework submission.

      Assessment

      PINS assessment on solo performance. PINS assessment on composition coursework.

    How can I support my child?

    AQA GCSE Student guide to AoS1

    AQA GCSE Student guide to AoS3

    AQA GCSE Subject specific vocabulary

    GCSE Revision Help Booklet

    Rhinegold: AQA GCSE Music Revision Guide/Study Guide/Listening Tests

    Regular listening practise, listening to a wide range of music.

    BBC bitesize for revision of the elements of music

    Complete all revision listening exercises set as homework

    Produce ‘flash’ cards for all music terminology and then memorise these terms and apply them to unfamiliar music

    Complete past papers and complete music theory past papers

    Listen to orchestral music and learn how to identify the instruments of the orchestra

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    It is a requirement for all students studying GCSE music to be have regular instrumental/vocal lessons. These can be arranged through school or privately.

    Students must complete regular practice in their own time in preparation for their performance exam. Due to the amount of content to cover within this course, lesson time will not be available for personal practice.

    Students should regularly be listening to a variety of music using YouTube/Spotify etc., particularly from the four areas of study:

     

    Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910: Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schuman.

    Popular Music: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rock Music, Pop Music, Musicals, Film Music, Game music.

    Traditional Music: The Blues, Jazz, African music, Caribbean music, Salsa, Samba, Celtic music, Contemporary British Folk.

    Western Classical Tradition since 1910: Copland, Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies, Tavener, Kodály, Bartok, Riley, Reich, Adams.

     

    Homework Information

    Students will complete a variety of homework tasks regularly. This can include practice for their performances, development of compositions for coursework, completion of PINS next step tasks and questions/listening tasks developing their understanding of the different areas of study.

  • Year 11 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS revision. Prepare recital. Free composition and composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will continue to study and revise their understanding of all four areas of study and the set works by Santana and Haydn, preparing for the formal mock exam in November.
      Performing music: Students will prepare, rehearse and perform their chosen recital pieces (ensemble and solo) ready to be formally recorded next term.
      Composing music: Students will finish their free composition and begin their composition to a chosen brief provided by the exam board.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Formal mock exam on Understanding music. Component 2: PINS assessment on ensemble and solo performances. Component 3: PINS assessment on free composition coursework.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS revision. Final recital. Composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Students will continue to study and revise their understanding of all four areas of study and the set works by Santana and Haydn, preparing for the formal mock exam in March.
      Performing music: Final recitals (including ensemble and solo pieces) will be formally recorded.
      Composing music: Students will finish their composition to a chosen brief provided by the exam board.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Formal mock exam on Understanding music. Component 2: Final performance recordings submitted to exam board. Component 3: Final compositions submitted to exam board.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Final revision for exam.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Understanding music: Preparation for public examination. Final revision on set works by Santana and Haydn and unfamiliar listening exam practice based on the four areas of study.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Public GCSE exam on Understanding music.

    How can I support my child?

    AQA GCSE Student guide to AoS1

    AQA GCSE Student guide to AoS3

    AQA GCSE Subject specific vocabulary

    GCSE Revision Help Booklet

    Rhinegold: AQA GCSE Music Revision Guide/Study Guide/Listening Tests

    Regular listening practise, listening to a wide range of music.

    BBC bitesize for revision of the elements of music

    Complete all revision listening exercises set as homework

    Produce ‘flash’ cards for all music terminology and then memorise these terms and apply them to unfamiliar music

    Complete past papers and complete music theory past papers

    Listen to orchestral music and learn how to identify the instruments of the orchestra

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    It is a requirement for all students studying GCSE music to be have regular instrumental/vocal lessons. These can be arranged through school or privately.

    Students must complete regular practice in their own time in preparation for their performance exam. Due to the amount of content to cover within this course, lesson time will not be available for personal practice.

    Students should regularly be listening to a variety of music using YouTube/Spotify etc., particularly from the four areas of study:

     

    Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910: Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Chopin, Schuman.

    Popular Music: Rock ‘n’ Roll, Rock Music, Pop Music, Musicals, Film Music, Game music.

    Traditional Music: The Blues, Jazz, African music, Caribbean music, Salsa, Samba, Celtic music, Contemporary British Folk.

    Western Classical Tradition since 1910: Copland, Arnold, Britten, Maxwell-Davies, Tavener, Kodály, Bartok, Riley, Reich, Adams.

     

    Homework Information

    Students will complete a variety of homework tasks regularly. This can include practice for their performances, development of compositions for coursework, completion of PINS next step tasks and questions/listening tasks developing their understanding of the different areas of study.

  • Year 12 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      Exploring the AoS. Prepare recital. Free composition practice.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Students will begin to explore the Baroque solo concerto and Operas of Mozart (AoS1), focussing on listening skills, musical features and contextual knowledge.
      They will also explore the life and works of one of the named composers from AoS3 & AoS7.
      Performing music: Students will prepare, rehearse and perform options for their final recital.
      Composing music: Students will continue to develop their composition skills through exercises linked to the AoS and study pieces.

      Assessment

      Component 1: PINS assessment on apprising of AoS1, 3 & 7 including listening questions and essay writing. Component 2: PINS assessment on performances. Component 3: PINS assessment on composition

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      Analyse the AoS. Prepare recital. Composition to a brief practice.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Students will continue to explore AoS1, analysing the set works from both strands.
      They will also explore the life and works of the second named composer from AoS3 & AoS7.
      Performing music: Students will prepare, rehearse and perform options for their final recital.
      Composing music: Students will continue to develop their composition skills, practicing writing for a set brief

      Assessment

      Component 1: PINS assessment on apprising of AoS1, 3 & 7 including listening questions and essay writing. Component 2: PINS assessment on performances. Component 3: PINS assessment on composition

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Analyse the AoS. Perform recital. Free composition.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Students will continue to analyse the set works from both strands in AoS1.
      They will also explore the life and works of the final named composer from AoS3 & AoS7.
      Performing music: Students will prepare, rehearse and perform options for their final recital.
      Composing music: Students will begin to create their free composition which will be submitted next year as part of the final coursework submission.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Formal mock exam on Appraising music. Component 2: Formal mock recital. Component 3: PINS assessment on free composition coursework.

    How can I support my child?

    AQA A Level Student guide to AoS1

    AoS1 scores

    Rhinegold: AQA A Level Music Revision Guide/Study Guide/Listening Tests

    Regular listening practise, listening to a wide range of music. Complete a regular music listening diary

    Complete all revision listening exercises set as homework

    Produce ‘flash’ cards for all music terminology and then memorise these terms and apply them to unfamiliar music

    Complete past papers and complete music theory past papers

    Listen to orchestral music and learn how to identify the instruments of the orchestra

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    It is a requirement for all students studying A Level music to be have regular instrumental/vocal lessons. These can be arranged through school or privately.

    Students must complete regular practice in their own time in preparation for their performance exam. Due to the amount of content to cover within this course, lesson time will not be available for personal practice.

    Students should regularly be listening to a variety of music using YouTube/Spotify etc., particularly from the three areas of study:

     

    Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910: Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg.

    Music for Media: Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Nobuo Uematsu.

    Art Music since 1910: Shostakovich, Messiaen, Reich, MacMillan.

     

    Self-study Information

    During self-study, students should be studying scores from all areas of study to gain a wider understanding of musical features and contextual knowledge within the different styles of writing. This time should also be used to practice essay writing skills, showing a coherent understanding of the life and work of each of the named composers.

  • Year 13 Overview
    • 01

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS revision. Prepare recital. Free composition and composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Students will begin to explore the Romantic piano music of Chopin, Brahms and Grieg (AoS1), focussing on listening skills, musical features and contextual knowledge.
      They will also continue to study and revise their understanding of set works from AoS1and practice listening questions and essay writing from AoS3&7.
      This is in preparation for the formal mock exam in January.
      Performing music: Students will prepare, rehearse and perform their recital ready to be formally recorded next term. The recital will consist of a minimum of 10 minutes of music.
      Composing music: Students will finish their free composition and begin their composition to a chosen brief provided by the exam board.

      Assessment

      Component 1: PINS assessment on apprising of AoS1, 3 & 7 including listening questions and essay writing. Component 2: PINS assessment on performances. Component 3: PINS assessment on free composition coursework.

    • 02

      Course Topic(s)

      AoS revision. Final recital. Composition to a brief.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Students will continue to study and revise their understanding of set works from AoS1, practice essay writing on AoS3 & AoS7, and practice listening questions from all three areas of study.
      Performing music: Final recitals will be formally recorded.
      Composing music: Students will finish their composition to a chosen brief provided by the exam board.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Formal mock exam on Appraising music. Component 2: Final performance recordings submitted to exam board. Component 3: Final compositions submitted to exam board.

    • 03

      Course Topic(s)

      Final revision for exam.

      Content / Learning Outcomes

      Appraising music: Preparation for public examination. Final revision on set works from AoS1and practice of listening skills relating to all three strands.
      Final revision of AoS3 & AoS7 including practice listening questions and essay writing.

      Assessment

      Component 1: Public A level exam on Appraising music.

    How can I support my child?

    AQA A Level Student guide to AoS1

    AoS1 scores

    Rhinegold: AQA A Level Music Revision Guide/Study Guide/Listening Tests

    Regular listening practise, listening to a wide range of music. Complete a regular music listening diary

    Complete all revision listening exercises set as homework

    Produce ‘flash’ cards for all music terminology and then memorise these terms and apply them to unfamiliar music

    Complete past papers and complete music theory past papers

    Listen to orchestral music and learn how to identify the instruments of the orchestra

     

     

    Equipment required:

    Pupils should bring their own headphones which are to be used at appropriate times in music lessons but never elsewhere around school.

     

    Regular activities to undertake:

    It is a requirement for all students studying A Level music to be have regular instrumental/vocal lessons. These can be arranged through school or privately.

    Students must complete regular practice in their own time in preparation for their performance exam. Due to the amount of content to cover within this course, lesson time will not be available for personal practice.

    Students should regularly be listening to a variety of music using YouTube/Spotify etc., particularly from the three areas of study:

     

    Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910: Purcell, Vivaldi, Bach, Mozart, Chopin, Brahms, Grieg.

    Music for Media: Bernard Herrmann, Hans Zimmer, Thomas Newman, Nobuo Uematsu.

    Art Music since 1910: Shostakovich, Messiaen, Reich, MacMillan.

     

    Self-study Information

    During self-study, students should be studying scores from all areas of study to gain a wider understanding of musical features and contextual knowledge within the different styles of writing. This time should also be used to practice essay writing skills, showing a coherent understanding of the life and work of each of the named composers.

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