Important Messages: The school is now closed for half term. School returns on 31st October for years 11, 12 and 13. All other years return on the 4th November.
Year 10 Curriculum Information - Music
Examination Board


Topics covered in the Autumn term
  • Instrumental Music 1700-1820 Set Works.
  • J.S.Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no.5 in D major.
  • Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no.8 in C minor.
  • Study of Musical periods: Baroque, Classical and Romantic.
  • Wider listening related to these Set Works.
  • Study exemplar performances and compositions and look at assessment criteria.
  • Preparation for performance component including performances in class
  • Composing in musical forms.
  • Music Theory including harmony and note reading.
Topics Covered in the Spring Term
  • Vocal Music set work: H. Purcell: ‘Music for a While.’
  • Queen: ‘Killer Queen’ (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’).
  • Vocal Music wider listening.
  • The history of vocal music including different structure.
  • Free composition inspirations and task setting.
  • Music for Stage and Screen – study of Set Work: S. Schwartz: ‘Defying Gravity’ from ‘Wicked.’
Topics Covered in the Summer Term
  • Music for Stage and Screen: J Williams: ‘Main title/rebel blockade runner.’ from soundtrack to Star wars Episode IV: A New Hope.’
  • Music for Stage and Screen wider listening.
  • Free composition ongoing.
  • Preparation for performance component.
  • Revision for Year 10 mock.
  • All coursework will be assessed during the course using Edexcel mark schemes.
  • Students keep a logbook of composition work and receive detailed feedback and feed-forward.
  • Students keep a Progress Tracker sheet at the front of their folders.
  • Students are given many opportunities to perform performance work in front of the class and guidance about choosing the correct pieces. They will be assessed using Edexcel mark schemes.
  • Students regularly complete Edexcel past papers and practice papers.
  • Students are given an ‘examiner’s report’ on mock exams with areas for development.
Special Requirements/Equipment
  • Students are expected to keep theirs folders in order throughout the year with the index provided for them.
  • Students have to regularly practice their own instrument at home in preparation for performance coursework (30%).
Home Learning

Students will be set HL once a week.

Reading List
  • Music Revision packs provided by the department.
  • New Edexcel GCSE Music books to support the course will be published in summer 2016.
Useful Websites

A mixed ability class

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