Music

Staff
Mr P Rodgers
Head of Music
Email: prodgers@smcc.devon.sch.uk ›
Exam board: AQA

MUSIC (GCSE)
Examination Board: AQA
The course is split into 3 parts:
Performance      40%
Listening            20%
Composition       40%
This is a very practical subject. The emphasis is on playing and composition. You do not have to read music, but it is an advantage. However, having instrumental lessons is a necessity and only students who play or sing confidently are advised to take this subject. This obviously has financial implications which need to be considered. All of our teachers help with the solo pieces and give advice on the technical parts of composition. Students who have not had these lessons have found the subject difficult and not achieved as highly as those who had lessons.
It is not too late to have lessons, and the practical nature of the subject often balances out the more academic subjects. AQA quote that 45 % of all Russell University students play a musical instrument at a high level, and it is seen as an extra-curricular advantage and music grades above grade 6 can be used as UCAS points.
Listening
Students will be required to listen and comment on pieces of music from Baroque and Classical music to popular music. They learn how to identify musical characterisation such as texture, structure, instrumentation etc.  A written exam is taken at the end of the 2 year course.

Performance
At the end of the course students perform 2 pieces on their chosen instrument. One solo piece of grade 4 or higher, and an ensemble or band piece.  Students are expected to come to the course already playing an instrument at a reasonable level.  If they sing they are expected to be in a choir in or out of the school.

Composition
A major part of the lesson time is spent on this area and listening work.  At the end of the course students will have produced 2 compositions between 2 – 4 minutes each.  In year 10 their work is based on developing composition techniques and by the end of the year they start to produce compositions in their chosen style and combinations of instruments.  Music IT is an important part of the composition process.  Drummers and singers are expected to learn another instrument such as the keyboard or guitar for their composition work.

 

MUSIC (ROCK SCHOOL)

Examination Board: RSL Level 2 in Performance/Technology for Music Practitioners

Music Practitioners Qualifications are vocational, unit based qualifications which offer students the choice to learn a diverse range of music industry skills. Students are given the opportunity choose between the performance of technology qualification.

Who are they for?
Music Practitioners Qualifications offer the ability to gain skills and knowledge in key music industry disciplines and can be valuable to students of any age. If a student has interest in performing, song writing, music production or the business side of the industry these are the qualifications for them.

How are they delivered and assessed?
Students are assessed using RSL’s extensive unit specifications to teach and assess specific musical disciplines. Assessment is conducted by teaching staff and then moderated by RSL’s team of moderators.
For RSL Level 2 in Performance for Music Practitioners, students study units including live music performance, organising a music event and music style development.
For RSL Level in Technology for Music Practitioners, students study units such as live sound recording, composing music and music style development.

What are they worth?
All RSL’s Music Practitioner qualifications are accredited by Ofqual the Qualifications Regulator for England. RSL Level 2 in Performance/Technology for Music Practitioners are categorized as being equivalent to a GCSE by the Department for Education.

Where can they take me?
RSL’s Level 2 Music Practitioners Qualifications can help you become a more skilled and knowledgeable musician, a more astute entrepreneur or a highly capable producer. They allow learners to progress to Higher Education, into the Industry or on to further specialized qualifications. There is a natural progression for studying RSL Level 3 Music Practitioners Qualifications at Petroc, which is equivalent to an A level.