Music

Welcome to Lime House School Music Department ! We are a versatile department, where everyone is welcome to express their musical talent in a friendly atmosphere.

GCSE MUSIC

The Music option at GCSE is a development of the work studied at Key Stage 3 and a stepping stone for further study at AS and A Level. The course aims to develop students’ understanding and appreciation of a wide range of musical genres and styles and encourages critical and creative thinking.

The course is divided into three components – performing, composing and listening – and has five Areas of Study: Rhythm and Metre, Harmony and Tonality, Texture and Melody, Timbre and Dynamics, Structure and Form

Unit 1 - Listening and Appraising Music

1 hour; 20% of the total marks; 80 marks

Candidates explore the five Areas of Study (AoS) through the three Strands of Learning. Through their exploration of these five AoS, candidates will develop an understanding of the organisation of sound.

AoS for the whole specification are based on the Musical Elements:

  • AoS1 Rhythm & Metre
  • AoS2 Harmony & Tonality
  • AoS3 Texture & Melody
  • AoS4 Timbre & Dynamics
  • AoS5 Structure & Form

These will be explored through the three strands:

  • a) The Western Classical Tradition
  • b) Popular Music of the 20th & 21st centuries
  • c) World Music

Within each strand, candidates could explore any music from the following areas to gain an understanding of how composers have used the Elements of Music as listed in the five AoS.

Unit 2 - Composing Music

20% of the total marks; 40 Marks (2 x 20)

In this unit, candidates are required to compose one piece of music and must choose two or more of the five Areas of Study (10%). There must be a link to one of the three strands, which will be announced annually by AQA. Candidates have up to 20 hours of Supervised Time in which to complete the composition, under informal supervision. Candidates' work must be monitored during this period by the teacher so that he/she is able to authenticate it as the candidate's own. There is no time limit in terms of the duration of the composition but candidates should be aware of the need to demonstrate sufficient development of musical ideas in the music and, as a consequence, very short pieces may not allow for this.

Unit 3 - Performing Music

40% of the total marks; 60 marks

Candidates perform individually or through ICT and as part of a group.

Each candidate should perform two different pieces:

  • a) one for ‘Individual Performance’/’Technology based Performance’, lasting no more than five minutes, and
  • b) one for ‘Group Performance’, lasting no more than five minutes.

In both performances, doubling of the part to be assessed is permissible where this is musically appropriate and is in line with the conventions of the chosen genre and does not obscure the part to be assessed. Doubling is only acceptable if the individual candidate’s part can be aurally identified without affecting the balance of the ensemble and if the candidate’s part is clearly audible to the teacher and moderator.

Candidates may perform their own compositions provided that these have not been submitted for assessment in either Unit 2 or Unit 4.

In both Individual and Group performances, backing tracks are permitted.

Both performances must be recorded and sent to an AQA moderator. The recordings must be in a format that can be played on an external device such as CD or mini-disc. The recordings may be made at any time during the course.

Unit 4 - Composing Music

20% of the total marks; 30 marks

In this unit, the candidates are required to compose one piece of music which explores two or moreof the five Areas of Study. This may be in any style or genre of the candidate's choosing.

Candidates have up to 25 hours of Controlled Assessment in which to complete the composition. This must be undertaken as an individual exercise under informal supervision. There is no time limit in terms of the duration of the composition but candidates should be aware of the need to demonstrate sufficient development of musical ideas in the music and as a consequence, very short pieces may not allow for this.

The composition submitted for Unit 4 must be different from that submitted for Unit 2.

Candidates also complete a Candidate Record Form detailing the nature of their chosen task and the Areas of Study explored in the composition.

Submissions will be sent to the AQA moderator.


BTEC LEVEL 3 SUBSIDIARY DIPLOMA IN MUSIC

Btec qualifications are offered in the Sixth Form. Level 3 Subsidiary diploma is a two year course.

The attraction of this course is that like ICT, there are no final written examinations.

Students are responsible for keeping a portfolio of work most of which is electronically stored. In the case of Music, much of the evidence is collected in the form of their performances. This is recorded at special music events, at charity events and even on special occasions such as the school Carol Service and Midsummer Medley. Many students compose and perform at school assemblies with evidence of this work always being taken.

The work is assessed in school and moderated by a visiting examiner.

There are four levels of award:

  • (i) Distinction* - the equivalent of a GCE A level A* pass
  • (ii) Distinction - the equivalent of a GCE A level A pass
  • (iii) Merit - the equivalent of an GCE A level C pass
  • (iv) Pass - the equivalent of an GCE A level E pass

Both these courses are the equivalent of one A level award

Students have to complete 6 units of work covering:

  • Music Performance Techniques
  • Music Project
  • Singing Techniques and Performance
  • Solo Music Performance Skills
  • Composing Music
  • Work and Developing as a Music Ensemble