KS4 Curriculum Guide - Year 10 Music
Term 1Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music. Bach.   
An introduction to basic note reading using treble clef and bass clef. Students will study note values and rhythmic understanding within simple time and complete rhythmic and melodic dictation. They will develop musical ideas in the form of composition and/or arrangements and study the Brandenburg Concerto no 5 3rd movement, Bach.
Assessment: This assessment will comprise of a) one short written assessment on the topic of Brandenburg Concerto No 5, 3rd Movement. Bach. The questions are taken from the new specification Edexel sample GCSE paper. b) The completion of an eight bar melody over the course of the whole term. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Area of Study 2: Vocal Music. 'Killer Queen' by Queen  
Students will be introduced to composition using a four bar melody structure, developing to an eight bar melody. They will learn how to recognise and use a perfect and imperfect cadence within a composition and how to write for different instruments effectively. They will study vocal music with a particular emphasis on 'Killer Queen' Queen
Assessment: This assessment will comprise of a) Short exam questions based on the topic of ‘Killer Queen’ by Queen. b) A solo or ensemble performance – this is a free choice on a student’s own instrument. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Area of Study 3: Music for Stage and Screen 'Defying Gravity' from 'Wicked'.   
Students will learn how to recognise and use Binary Form within a composition (notated or otherwise). They will learn how to recognise cadences and how to develop musical ideas within chosen forms and structures. Their area of study will be music for stage and screen with particular emphasis on 'Defying Gravity' from Wicked. Students will compare and contrast one set work with an unknown piece. One lesson per week will be spent on composition coursework.
Assessment: Short exam questions, taken from CGP Student Revision Guide either p130 or p160. Teamed with Listening test also from Revision Guide p120-p121. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Area of Study 4: Fusion 'Release' by Afro Celtic Sound System   
Students will learn how to recognise and use Ternary Form within a composition. They will notate or create a composition within the given form and study Alberti Bass alongside other accompaniment structures. They will work to a brief ensuring technical control and coherence. Their area of study will be Fusion with an emphasis on 'Release' (Afro Celtic Sound System).
Assessment: The assessment will comprise of one written essay which compares a known and an unknown piece. This is an examination question and will be completed in class time under examination condition. There will also be a listening or dictation assessment.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Area of Study 1: Instrumental Music Piano Sonata No 8 in C Minor Beethoven   
Students will use compositional devices: sequences and motifs, ornamentation, augmentation, retrograde and inversion. They will study three significant sections within the form and focus on relevant keys. Students will learn how to create and develop melodic ideas. Their area of study will be instrumental music with a particular emphasis on Piano Sonata No 8 in C Minor, Beethoven.
Assessment: This assessment will focus on Section A of the GCSE examination which is concerned with the skeleton score of an unfamiliar piece. This will be a 20 minute task. Students will also have to perform a solo or ensemble piece - they will be advised on appropriate pieces to perform.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Area of Study 2: Vocal Music 'Music for a While' by Purcell   
Students will explore song structure, from word painting to popular music. They will take a brief look at Blues-Pop, ways to accompany the voice and harmony (major and minor). Their area of study will be vocal music with a particular emphasis on 'Music for a While', Purcell
Assessment: Written task: Students will be required to compare and contrast: one set work with an unknown piece. (Section B) Listening task: Unfamiliar Piece with a skeleton score. (Section A) Key Words and Terms
 

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