Music KS4 overview.
Pupils with the necessary performance skills have the opportunity to take music at GCSE Level. Pupils build both on their subject knowledge at KS3 and their individual disciplines. Instrumental tuition is a necessity for this course as the exam is demanding and considered a ‘good’ GCSE. The exam has four elements where performance, composition and improvisation are explored as well as a listening paper at the end of the second year.
Details of any relevant websites and revision guides to support the qualification.
There are many websites that are available with tutorials which include Youtube and BBC Bitesize which can be accessed both at home and school. The music writing programme ‘MuseScore’ can be downloaded free of charge for compositional tasks. This is the same software as used in school. Revision guides and workbooks from CCP can be purchased from the department.
Information about extra-curricular sessions and extended learning opportunities available to my child.
Extra-curricular activities available include instrumental lessons in keyboards, strings, woodwind, guitar and brass.There is a charge for these lessons. The school also has a choir and a brass ensemble. Singing lessons are provided after school and lunchtime clubs for keyboards. There is also a GCSE catch-up session after school for coursework.
What Post-16 opportunities or potential pathways could this qualification unlock for my child?
Music at GCSE provides pupils with many opportunities for Post-16 courses at college and a gateway into the music/performing arts industries. Many pupils have gone on to study different aspects of music from performance to studio and music technology. GCSE music is also looked on with favour when pupils apply to college, irrespective of whether they decide to pursue it further as it demonstrates the pupils’ ability to be self- motivated, disciplined and confident.
Does my child need any specialist equipment for this subject?
The school (DPA) will provide instruments free of charge for instrumental lessons with the exception of guitars and keyboards.