During KS3 students cover a range of musical areas of study:
In Year 7 these skills are introduced, with a focus on building knowledge of the elements of music.
In Year 8 the students develop their skills by studying them within the context of specific musical genres.
In Year 9 the curriculum is tailored to create a pathway into KS4. As a result, students learn about the key differences between musical styles, start to develop their own compositions, and begin to focus on a specific instrument in order to develop a performance focus.
At Orchard Mead Academy, we offer the BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice to students choosing Music as an option subject. This course is practical and coursework-based, with no written exam. There is a focus on developing musical skills in different professional contexts, learning about different styles and key musicians/bands throughout musical history from Classical to Modern.
Through the different vocational units students will get hands on experience and listen to a wide variety of music across several genres and decades to trace the history of modern music. Students will develop their performance, composition and production / music technology skills.
During their two-year course, students will complete the following components:
Component 1 – Exploring Musical Products and Styles (30%) – Internally marked and moderated, with external sampling
Component 2 – Music Skills Development (30%) – Internally marked and moderated, with external sampling
Component 3 – Responding to a Commercial Music Brief (40%) – Externally marked and moderated