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All students learn Music from Year 7 and Music Technology is offered as well as Music at GCSE and A Level. The department has high expectations of all staff and students and this is showcased termly in the huge variety of concerts and shows the department produces. Music education at Balby Carr starts from the premise that everyone is a performer. Indeed, there can be few people who do not gain enjoyment from music. It is an essential element of our daily lives and can affect us deeply. Those who perform and compose will be only too aware of the challenges and commitment that these activities involve as well as the fulfilment and satisfaction that can be gained.

Balby Carr is justifiably proud of the achievement of its students in shows, choirs and instrumental groups and such extra-curricular developments build on the core provision made available to all in the taught curriculum. It is here that all students experience the essentials of composition, performing and listening and appraising and hopefully start to appreciate the importance of music in society and its place in the cultural development of mankind.

Aims
• To promote and develop students' musical curiosity, enjoyment, knowledge and skill.
• To develop studentsí awareness of sensitivity to music in a wide range of historical and cultural contexts.
• To enable students to form and articulate opinions and, where appropriate, to participate in reasoned discussions about music.
• To provide equal access for all students to music and enable them to achieve their potential.

KS3 Music
During the course students will work on improving music skills in the three areas of musical experience.

Composing
• Understanding the process of composing as musical communication.
• Organisation techniques with regard to group work.
• Refinement of improvised ideas.

Performing
• Understanding and interpreting basic music notations.
• Applying the above to whole class performance using voices and instruments.
• Rehearsal techniques applied to class, group and solo work.

Listening and Appraising
• Active listening techniques.
• Identifying instruments both individually and in the standard groupings.
• Learning to comment constructively on the music of all styles, periods and cultural backgrounds.
• Learning to comment constructively on their own work and the work of their peers.

KS4 Music
Music and Music Technology GCSE pathways are offered to students at KS4

Music GCSE

1. Performing - 30% of overall mark
You will improve your performance skills on your own instrument or voice and will take part in concerts organised by the department. By the end of the course you will have recorded at least one of each of the following:
• A solo performance
• An ensemble performance

2. Composing - 30% of overall mark
You will learn to compose in a variety of styles eg. Dance Music, Britpop and Songs from Musicals, using both instruments and music technology.

3. Listening and Appraising - 40%
This unit covers different types of music including World Music, Britpop and Rondo Form. You will learn to identify instruments, techniques, describe tempo and dynamics as well as critically appraise of music through the study of set works.

Music Technology GCSE

1. Music Technology - 30% of overall mark
You will improve your Sequencing and Recording skills using computers and recording equipment. By the end of the course you will have produced at least one of each of the following:
• A sequenced performance (using computers)
• A multi-track recording

2. Composing - 30% of overall mark
You will learn to compose in a variety of styles eg. Dance Music, Britpop and Songs from Musicals, using both instruments and music technology.

3. Listening and Appraising - 40%
This unit covers different types of music including World Music, Britpop and Rondo Form. You will learn to identify instruments, techniques, describe tempo and dynamics as well as critically appraise of music through the study of set works.

AS/A2 Music Technology

Unit 1: Practical Work (Portfolio 1) 70%:

1A. Sequenced Realised Performance:
• Produce a sequenced performance based on a commercially available piece of music.
• Produce an accurate musical realization of the track through sequencing of the given piece, shaping editing and mixing MIDI and audio data, using appropriate software.

1B.  Multi-track Recording:
• Students learn the skills required to make high-quality recordings.
• Students select a piece of music (Popular Music styles since 1910). The performance recorded must be played and sung live. Detail to efficient capture, processing and mixing of musical information is priority.

1C.  Creative Sequenced Arrangement:
• Students will be required to create an original arrangement of a given stimulus in a given style, with a focus on sequencing and software-based sound manipulation.

Unit 2: Written Work 30%:
Students are required to demonstrate their ability to listen to unfamiliar music and to analyse musical, technical and stylistic features in a 2 hour written paper.
Two main styles, Rock and Roll and Rap and Hip Hop will be studied in detail.

The Music Department are:

Mr M Cox - Head of Faculty - Creative Studies
Miss J Abdy - Subject Leader