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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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