Music

Being awarded Specialist Status is recognition of our excellent reputation for developing the musical ability of our pupils. The restyled Music Department boasts a state of the art Apple Mac Suite, a recording studio as well as a host of high quality instruments.

These fantastic resources capture and stimulate the creativity of our pupils in all the wonderful projects they encounter. We actively encourage all pupils to get involved in performing and composing their own music both in and out of lesson time. In addition to our own highly talented staff, we use the expertise of Dudley Performing Arts. New initiatives in the department have seen pupils becoming Music Mentors.

This is a programme that recognizes the talent of our pupils and gives them the opportunity of being a second line of staff in the department. The Music Mentor programme has been set up so that pupils not only have the support and guidance of the Music Team, but from the exemplary musicians we have in our school.

To pay for music lessons, you will need to select Learning 4 Life - Wordsley Music Payments from the list here.

Year 7

Rhythm & Pulse: This module requires pupils to compose and perform rhythms for percussion instruments. They will work within binary, ternary and rondo structures.

Evocative Music: This module requires pupils to create a range of melodic and rhythmic parts, as well as developing soundscapes, in order to evoke a range of moods and emotions.

Renaissance Melodies: In this module, pupils will explore the Renaissance era of musical history and perform a keyboard piece by a Renaissance composer. Through this performance, pupils will learn a series of keyboard techniques on both hands.

Ukulele & Voice: In this module pupils will learn to play a ukulele, developing their understanding or stringed instruments, as well as discover and use a range of vocal techniques. Pupils will perform a song using their voice and ukulele in groups.

RAP: In this module, pupils will use music software to create a piece of Rap music. It will be centered around the Hip-Hop genre and require each pupil to create many sections (verse/chorus etc) on a wide range of instruments then record themselves rapping their self composed lyrics over the top.

Year 8

Blues Music: In this module, pupils will learn about the cultural history of Blues Music, where it originated and who by. They will compose their own piece of Blues Music using chords, walking bass, improvised solos and vocals, and perform it to their class.

Producing: In this module, pupils will take on the role of a producer in a recording studio. They will have to mix, produce, arrange and master a recorded piece of music using Cubase, an industry piece of music software.

Irish Music: In this module, pupils will explore Irish music and perform a traditional Irish Jig using a keyboard. Through this performance, pupils will learn and develop a series of keyboard techniques on both hands.

Reggae Music: In this module, pupils will learn about the cultural history Reggae Music, where it originated and who by. They will perform then compose a piece of Reggae Music using chords, bass lines, solos and vocals.

Year 9

Samba: In this module, pupils will learn about the cultural history of Samba Music, where it originated and who by. They will perform and compose a piece of Samba Music using Samba percussion and music software.

Dance Music: In this module, pupils will use music software to create a piece of Dance music. The style of Dance music will be decided by the pupil. They will be required to undertake research into their chosen style and inject this into their piece. This module echoes one composition of GCSE Music.

School of Rock: In this module, pupils will undertake a series of workshop sessions in drum kit, bass guitar, electric guitar, keyboard and vocals. They will then choose one instrument and form a 'Pop/Rock' band and rehearse and perform a song.

Film Music: In this module, pupils will learn about the importance of film music and the many ways to create emotion with timbres and music scales. They will perform and compose a piece of Film Music using a range of instruments and music software.

Song Writing: In this module, pupils will work within a group to compose their own Pop song and perform it in an intimate gig-style event.

GCSE Music (OCR 9-1) - J536

There are three components in this GCSE.

Practical Component

  • Ensemble performance and composition to a board set brief. A selection of briefs will be released in the September of the year of certification linked to the Areas of Study.
  • The ensemble performance can be on any instrument and any genre.
  • This is an internally assessed, externally moderated component.

Listening Exam

  • Listening, appraisal and notation skills assessed in an examination at the end of the course. This is externally assessed.

Integrated Portfolio

  • Performance on the learner's chosen instrument.
  • Composition to a brief set by the learner.
  • They will explore the skills and capabilities of their instrument and produce a performance to demonstrate their interpretation and technical control, and a composition written to a brief of their own to demonstrate their ability to develop musical ideas.
  • This is an internally assessed, externally moderated component.

There are five areas of study that are examined as part of this GCSE.

1: My Music

Learners should study their instrument, which can be any of the following:

  • any instrument
  • voice ā€“ this can include styles such as rapping or beatboxing
  • DJ-ing
  • sequencing ā€“ realisation using ICT.

2: The Concerto Through Time

Learners should study The Concerto and its development from 1650 to 1910 through:

  • the Baroque Solo Concerto
  • the Baroque Concerto Grosso
  • the Classical Concerto
  • the Romantic Concerto.

3: Rhythms of the World

Learners should study the traditional rhythmic roots from four geographical regions of the world:

  • India and Punjab
  • Eastern Mediterranean and Middle East
  • Africa
  • Central and South America.

4: Film Music

Learners should study a range of music used for films including:

  • music that has been composed specifically for a film
  • music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used within a film
  • music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game.

5: Conventions of Pop

Learners should study a range of popular music from the 1950s to the present day, focussing on:

  • Rock ā€˜nā€™ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
  • Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day.

If you have any questions regarding the Music Curriculum at The Wordsley School, please contact Mr A Fisher (Lead Practitioner) on (01384) 816015 or email us.

Headteacher Mike Lambert

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