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: 2021 Exam – Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Mvt 3, Minuet and Trio – Mozart
    • Set Work: 2022 -2024 Exam – Bardinerie – Bach
    • 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: 2021 Exam – Since You’ve Been Gone – Rainbow
    • Set Work: 2022 – 2024 Exam – Africa – Toto
    • Bhangra & Fusion


    KS4 Overview


    Year 9

    Autumn Term 1: Film Music AOS3

    Autumn Term 2: Musicals AOS2

    Spring Term 1: Music Theory and Elements AOS1

    Spring Term 2: Pop Music AOS4

    Summer Term 1: Baroque, Classical and Romantic AOS1

    Summer Term 2: Revision and summer exam


    Year 10

    Autumn Term 1: AOS1 Set Work 

    2021 Exam  Eine Kleine Nachtmusik.

    2022-2024 Exam Badinerie

    Autumn Term 2: AOS4 Set Work

    2021 Exam Since You’ve Been Gone

    2022-2024 Exam  Africa

    Spring Term 1: Classical Devices and Structures Aos1

    Spring Term 2: Jazz and Blues AOS2

    Summer Term 1: Free Composition

    Summer Term 2: Bhangra & Fusions


    Year 11

    Autumn Term 1: Film Music AOS3

    Autumn Term 2: Music for Ensemble AOS2

    Spring Term 1: Set Works AOS1, AOS4

    Spring Term 2: Revision

    Summer Term 1: Revision

    Summer Term 2: N/A

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