Music ppt Curriculum Choices 2020

Please see below some information about the course covered during Key Stage 4. You will also find more information about the knowledge and skills covered booklet in a hyperlink below.  During each half-term your child will have regular ‘learning checks’ to assess how well they are progressing against the expected standards. If they do not reach the expected standard in any of these checks, they should be seeking help from their teacher regarding the best possible steps. Teachers will also be sharing with students examples of how to go beyond the expected standards ‘and providing additional challenge.

Minimum Expected Standards Music Year 9

Minimum Expected Standards Music Year 10

Minimum Expected Standards Music Year 11

KS4 Subject Information for Parents / Students



GCSE Exam board:


Course Structure:

  1. Performing (non-examined assessment, worth 30%)

    You will need to perform as a soloist and as a member of an ensemble, for a combined duration of at least 4 minutes.

    Your performances will be recorded in year 11 and need to be of a standard equivalent to at least Grade 4 if you are to achieve a strong mark.

  2. Composing (non-examined assessment, worth 30%)

    You will compose two pieces of at least 3 minutes’ combined duration.

    One composition will be a free composition and the other will be in response to a choice of briefs set by the exam board.

  3. Appraising (assessed in a listening exam, duration 1 hour 15 minutes, worth 40%)

    The exam consists of 8 questions, 2 from each Area of Study.

    Area of Study 1: Musical Forms and Devices

    • Baroque Music 1600-1750
    • Classical Music 1650-1820
    • Set Work: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mvt 3, Minuet and Trio – Mozart
    • Romantic Music 1820-1900

    Area of Study 2: Music for Ensemble

    • Chamber Music
    • Blues
    • Jazz
    • Musical Theatre

    Area of Study 3: Film Music

    • Film Composition Techniques – Leitmotif, Mickey Mousing, Underscoring
    • Minimalism
    • Music Technology & Recording

    Area of Study 4: Popular Music

    • Rock and Pop
    • Set Work: Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow
    • Bhangra & Fusion


    KS4 Overview

    Year 9

    Autumn Term 1:  Music Theory & Music Elements. Pop Music. AOS4

    Autumn Term 2:  Pop Music Ensemble Performing AOS4

    Spring Term 1:     Classical Music 1600-1910 AOS1

    Spring Term 2:     Developing Composition Skills

    Summer Term 1: Bhangra and Fusion Music. AOS4

    Summer Term 2: My Instrument Project – Research and Performance. End of Year Exam.

    Year 10

    Autumn Term 1: Blues and Jazz. AOS2

    Autumn Term 2: Chamber Music, Choirs and Musical Theatre.  AOS2

    Spring Term 1:    Film Music – Techniques and Analysis AOS 3

    Spring Term 2:    Film Music – Minimalism and Composition. AOS3

    Summer Term 1: Harmony and Cadences. Figured Bass. Free Composition 1. AOS1

    Summer Term 2: Review of AOS 1-4. End of Year Exam.

    Year 11

    Autumn Term 1:  Set Work Analysis: Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. AOS1

    Autumn Term 2:  Set Work Analysis: Since You’ve Been Gone AOS4

    Spring Term 1:     Set Brief Composition 2. 

    Spring Term 2:     AOS 1-4 Review, Exam Preparation & Listening Questions. Solo and Ensemble Performance Recording.

    Summer Term 1: AOS 2-3 Review, Exam Preparation & Listening Questions

    Summer Term 2: GCSE Listening Exam

The exam will take place in the summer term of year 11.

Key assessment dates:

The exam will take place in the summer term of year 11.

Subject specific websites to support revision and independent learning:

It is useful to spend further time at home listening the pieces and styles that we study in class. Both Spotify and YouTube are useful