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Music

Head of Department: Mr N Duff

Music is a hugely important subject at Warlingham School. The students at this school have access to an extensive range of high quality instruments and opportunities both inside and outside of the classroom to develop their love and passion for Music.

Students learn how to appreciate music and how it forms an important and vital part of their lives. They develop their performing skills and their composition skills as well as learning to listen to music critically and analytically. We also have a lot of fun making and performing music!

The Music Centre has two well-equipped music classrooms, with a keyboard lab, a classroom of computers and a huge variety of both tuned and unturned percussion instruments. All students make full use of these extensive resources, from Key Stage 3 right up to Key Stage 5.

We are lucky to have four practice rooms with pianos. We also have a Cubase-based recording studio with a range of equipment and microphones for recording many different ensembles.

There are two Music teachers supported by technician and nine visiting musical instrument specialists.

All students are regularly given the opportunity to improve their grade, with a variety of assessments and are advised how to reach their target grade via verbal feedback. Students track their own progress using the Assessment Tracker in their Music folders.

Extra-Curricular Programme

In addition to many exam support classes, booster clubs for KS3 and drop-in revision sessions, the department also offers an extensive extra-curricular programme.

  • Warlingham Orchestra
  • Warlingham Wind ensemble
  • Warlingham Young Voices
  • Warlingham Singers
  • Music Technology 'Ableton' group
  • ‘School of Rock’ for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9
  • Djembe, Djembe, Djembe!
  • Ukulele ensemble
  • Steel Pans ensemble

All of these activities are open to all students and students are actively encouraged to participate. There are concerts put on by the school throughout the academic year giving all students the opportunity to perform. Trips are also offered to those students who participate in the musical life of the school, ranging from trips to the West End to overseas tours.

Learning a musical instrument

One of the most worthwhile, stimulating and enjoyable activities in Music is learning a musical instrument or having singing lessons and then performing in an ensemble. Warlingham School is able to offer tuition on a wide range of instruments and ensembles delivered by our own experienced and talented visiting music teachers or through Surrey Arts that employ experienced tutors here at school. All tutors are DBS checked and experienced on their specialist instrument and in teaching. Lessons will take place during the school day and after school on a rota basis. Please see the 'Letter' section of the school website for further information about applying for instrument or voice lessons

For further information, please contact the Head of Music, Mr N. Duff n.duff@warlinghamschool.co.uk so you can signposted in the right direction for lessons.

(September 2017)

Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum

Lessons are practical based and offer students the opportunity to listen to, compose, perform and appraise music across a wide range of historical genres. We encourage students to bring their own headphones with a mini-jack socket for use on the computers. All students take Key stage 3 Music.

Year 7 Students will perform in small ensembles developing a knowledge of the key elements of music, compose music based on Film Music and perform Pachelbel’s Canon using Ukuleles.

Year 8 starts with a unit of study based around ‘Structures of Music’ – they will compose using Cubase software and perform on an instrument of their choice. After a unit on African music, students will then compose and perform using the 12 bar Blues.

Year 9 start with students exploring Popular music through composition, recording and performance, as well as exploring ‘Masterpieces’ where they get to choose from a range f established repertoire.

Students will be set homework tasks based upon the established Focus on Sound web-based package which is provided free for all students.

GCSE Music

Students can then opt to take Music as one of their GCSE options for Key Stage 4.

Students follow the EDUQAS GCSE Music course. This is a brand new GCSE course and is suitable for students of all abilities. We have a wide range of performance resources to support learners achieve the best performing grade possible. Composing is well supported with the Cubase suite being accessible throughout the day. A wide range of written and technology is used to support the learning of the Listening exam components.

Students are actively encouraged to attend the wide range of extracurricular activities and events, as well as signposting them to events and agencies in our musical community. We organise several trips a year and are looking forward to planning a foreign tour in the future.

Students will

Perform for 4-6 minutes - this is 30% of the course and 50% of the coursework

  • A minimum of two pieces – one in an ensemble, and one as a soloist.
  • Students can perform on any instrument they like. They can perform with backing tracks or other accompaniments, and in conjunction with their instrument teacher, they will practice their pieces and record them in the studio.

Compose 2 pieces of music - this is 30% of the course and 50% of the coursework 

  • One is a free choice, where students can explore their own influences based upon a brief they write.
  • One is in response to a brief set by the exam board and is completed in Year 11. The compositions will be composed using Cubase through audio and midi keyboards. The Cubase suite is also linked to the studio for students to record vocal and live instrument parts.

Listen to music in an Exam

Students will sit a 1 hour 15 minute exam – this is 40% of the course.

This is a Listening Exam with extracts of music on a CD, and written responses in an exam paper. There are 8 questions in total, 2 on each of the following 

  • Area of Study 1: Musical Form and Device
  • Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble
  • Area of Study 3: Film Music
  • Area of Study 4: Popular Music

The extracts of music used in the exam will be taken from a random selection from Classical, Popular, World and Folk in addition their are two set works which will be studied as part of the examination.

  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Movement 3, Minuet: Mozart (1787)
  • Since You’ve Been Gone: Rainbow (released 1979)

Further details from http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/gcse/

Key Stage 5

Warlingham is very lucky to offer both Music A-Level and Btec Level 3 in Music Performance.

A-Level Music

The school follows the Eduqas Course. In order to be accepted onto the course, candidates are required to have achieved a minimum GCSE Grade 5, or to have a GCSE Grade 4 and be a minimum of ABRSM Grade 5 standard on one instrument. We will interview all candidates for this course to determine suitability and competencies.

There are three components to the Eduqas A level Music course. The coursework is 60% and the exam is 40%.

The coursework element can be a major in Performing and a minor in Composing, or vica-versa.

Major Performance - 35% of qualification.

  • A broad repertoire with a minimum of 3 pieces
  • 10-12 minutes as a soloist with an ABRSM Grade 5 minimum.
  • Minor Composition – 25% of qualification. 2 compositions – one classical and one free choice.

Or

Minor Performance – 25% of qualification:

  • A broad repertoire with a minimum of 2 pieces
  • 6-8 minutes as a soloist with an ABRSM Grade 5 minimum.

Major Composition – 35% of qualification. 3 compositions:

  • One classical, one from a brief and one free choice.

The Listening examination element is a 2 hour 15 minute exam in Year 13

  • There are three areas of study
  • Western Classical Tradition – the symphonies of Haydn or Mendelssohn
  • A choice from Rock and Pop, Musical Theatre or Jazz
  • A choice of either 20th Century or 21st Century classical
  • Questions in the exam will
  • require extended writing responses
  • Analysis of the set works score
  • Unprepared extracts with and without a score

Further details from http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/music/as-a-level/

Btec Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music

This course is aimed towards popular musicians and is the equivalent of 1 A level. We do not have strict entry requirements, just the ability to perform on one instrument, huge amounts of passion and enthusiasm for all aspects of Music. It is 100% coursework and is highly successful and can lead to employment in the Music industry or further study at University.

We have twenty units we can chose from to study, the following are the units which have been the most popular over the last few years.

Working and Developing as a Musical Ensemble

The aim of this unit is to develop learners’ abilities to work together in musical ensembles.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Understand the elements of musical ensembles

2 Be able to plan as a musical ensemble

3 Be able to develop as a musical ensemble

4 Be able to perform as a musical ensemble.

Composing Music

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop some of the underpinning knowledge and the skills required in order to compose music in a variety of contexts.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Be able to originate compositional ideas

2 Know how to extend, develop and manipulate musical material

3 Be able to appreciate the role and importance of the structural elements of composition

4 Be able to present a portfolio of compositions in an appropriate format.

Pop Music in Practice

This unit is designed to enable learners to expand their knowledge of pop music grounded in practical experience of rehearsing and performing relevant works. Learners will know different styles and genres of pop music and how pop music has developed through different eras. Learners will then be able to perform their own compositions and works of others relative to the styles and genres studied.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Know different genres of pop music

2 Know how pop music developed

3 Be able to perform original pop music

4 Be able to perform pop music as part of an ensemble.

Solo Music Performance Skills

The aim of this unit is to enable learners to develop their techniques for both solo and group performance, from practice through to performance.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Know effective instrumental or vocal technique through a structured practice routine

2 Be able to apply effective instrumental or vocal technique in solo performance

3 Be able to apply effective instrumental or vocal technique in group performance.

Music in the Community

In this unit, learners will explore the context and function of community music-making. Learners will develop practical skills in running workshop activities, and contribute to a real-life community project. Careful planning, monitoring and evaluation of the process are central to its success and potential.

On completion of this unit a learner should:

1 Know the context and purpose of community music-making including practitioners and organisations

2 Be able to lead practical music-making activities

3 Be able to plan and participate in a community music-making project for a specific community group

4 Know how to monitor and evaluate a community music-making project.

Further details from http://qualifications.pearson.com/en/qualifications/btec-nationals/music-2010.html

Extra-Curricular Programme

In addition to many exam support classes, booster clubs for KS3 and drop-in revision sessions, the department also offers an extensive extra-curricular programme.

  • Warlingham Orchestra
  • Warlingham Wind ensemble
  • Warlingham Young Voices
  • Warlingham Singers
  • Music Technology 'Ableton' group
  • ‘School of Rock’ for Year 7, Year 8 and Year 9
  • Djembe, Djembe, Djembe!
  • Ukulele ensemble
  • Steel Pans ensemble

All of these activities are open to all students and students are actively encouraged to participate. There are concerts put on by the school throughout the academic year giving all students the opportunity to perform. Trips are also offered to those students who participate in the musical life of the school, ranging from trips to the West End to overseas tours.

Learning a musical instrument

One of the most worthwhile, stimulating and enjoyable activities in Music is learning a musical instrument or having singing lessons and then performing in an ensemble. Warlingham School is able to offer tuition on a wide range of instruments and ensembles delivered by our own experienced and talented visiting music teachers or through Surrey Arts that employ experienced tutors here at school. All tutors are DBS checked and experienced on their specialist instrument and in teaching. Lessons will take place during the school day and after school on a rota basis. Please see the 'Letter' section of the school website for further information about applying for instrument or voice lessons

For further information, please contact the Head of Music, Mr N. Duff n.duff@warlinghamschool.co.uk so you can signposted in the right direction for lessons.

(September 2017)