The wide range of extracurricular activities allows for an extension of the warm atmosphere found within Lutterworth colleges Music department.
Jakob Painter, Year 13 student
KEY STAGE 3
The National Curriculum aims for all children to:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music from a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of famous composers and musicians.
- Learn to sing, and to use their voices to create and compose music on their own and with others.
- Have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, and use music technology appropriately.
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including a knowledge of pitch, dynamics, tempo, timbre etc.
By the end of KS3 they should be able to:
- Play and perform confidently alone and in an ensemble, using their voice and instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression.
- Improvise and compose, and extend and develop their musical ideas.
- Use musical notations accurately in a range of genres, styles and traditions.
- Identify and use dimensions such as tones and scales.
- Listen with discrimination to music from a wide range of composers and musicians.
- Develop an understanding of the music they perform and listen to, and its history.
Here’s what your KS3 child will learn during their music sessions:
- Year 7 pupils have the opportunity to learn how to play the keyboard alongside learning more about music history and genres. The first series of lessons is focused around building the students theory knowledge so that they can understand how the keyboard works and where the notes are. During this section of work students will sing along to famous compositions and learn about how they are composed.
- Year 8 pupils have the opportunity to learn about Blues music and related genres and styles. They explore the conventions used within them and learn how master guitarists take many years to perfect the playing of rhythmic patterns.
- Year 9 Students in year 9 have chosen their GCSE choices and begin their GCSE’s. For more information see GCSE Music.
Things you can do at home to help your child in music:
- Try to expose your child to as wide a variety of music as you can. Attend music concerts of all types and introduce your child to choirs and orchestras.
- Ask your child to listen to the music played while you are out in shops, restaurants and other public places. Do they notice any differences between the types of music played in different places?
- Play music while your child is doing homework, chores, completing a puzzle or other similar activities. Ask your child to choose what music they think is most appropriate for each type of activity.
- Encourage your child to learn to play a musical instrument.
- Why not suggest that your child rewrites the words to a favourite song? The process involves the same composition skills they will use at school.
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 4: GCSE Music
Course Title: GCSE Music
Exam Board: EDUQAS
Outcome: GCSE (Grades 9-1)
Course Contact: Mr S. Shilton
Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Through our high- quality music provision you will engage and be inspired to develop a love of music and your talent as musicians, and so increase your self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.
Is this the right course for you?
- Do you enjoy Music and want to also study it as an academic subject?
- Are you prepared to perform in front of others as a group and on your own?
- Do you enjoy going to the theatre to watch performances?
- Are you willing to rehearse in your own time?
- Do you want to develop your knowledge and skills in other Musical styles
What does the course involve?
The course includes both practical and theoretical elements, where you will put what you have learnt in the classroom into practice, this includes performance opportunities throughout the year.
You will play the role of composer and performer, where you will have lots of opportunities to create your own work. You will take part in regular workshops and practical classes where you will learn new music performance and compositional skills. You will also take part in regular listening activities where we research and explore genre and styles.
What about exams?
Component 1: Performing 30%
Learners are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of music through performing. All learners are required to perform a minimum of two pieces of which at least one must be as part of an ensemble performance lasting at least one minute. The other piece(s) may be performed either solo and/or as part of an ensemble. One piece must be linked to one of the four areas of study. The use of music technology and improvisation is accepted within both solo and ensemble performances.
Component 2: Composing 30%
Learners are encouraged to develop their knowledge and understanding of music through composing. All learners are required to create and develop musical ideas in relation to given and chosen briefs. Learners must submit two compositions with a total playing time of between 3-6 minutes.
Component 3: Appraising 40%
The exam that students take will assess knowledge and understanding of music through the following four areas of study:
Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices
Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble
Area of study 3: Film Music
Area of study 4: Popular Music.
Learners will develop knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.
A BTEC Extended Certificate could lead onto many different HE courses. For example some students who excel at composition and performance might choose to look at a joint Composition and performance course at a University like LIPA or ACM. This could lead to a career being a session musician, a Composer for TV and Film, a songwriter for a record company and many more.
Post 16 Course on offer in music:
BTEC Extended Certificate in Music Performance (Level 3)
(Equivalent to One A level)
- A minimum of 5 GCSE’s at grade 4 or above (including English Language). Level 2 vocational qualifications (e.g. BTEC/OCR) must be a merit grade or above and will count as 1 GCSE equivalent.
- Entry is via successful audition and we are expecting instrumental / vocal skills at a minimum of Grade 4/5 standard. Instrumental skills should relate to an instrument commonly used in popular music (guitar, bass, drums, keyboards). Performers of other instruments should check with a member of staff to find out if their instrument would be appropriate for use in this course.
- GCSE Music at grade 4 or a BTEC First qualification in Music at Merit or above is highly desirable but not essential.
- Students must be prepared to perform regularly and will preferably already have some experience of doing so.
- A keen interest in popular music.
Who is this course for?
This course is aimed primarily at students who are interested in developing practical musical skills together with music theory and industry knowledge. It is a highly practical course and is centred on performing, relevant music theory and industry practice.
The BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate is equivalent to one A-level. The course covers the core aspects of practical music skills, and relevant industry knowledge. Students studying on this programme will have a keen interest in developing their knowledge and skills and may be intending to pursue a career in the industry. This course attracts UCAS points in the same way as an A-level.
Students are required to study a range of units over two years. Assessment is a mixture of internal and external.
The following units are currently offered; all are taught across both years:
Ensemble Music Performance: You will learn about good practice and preparation for rehearsal and performance through a series of worksheets, discussions, practical exercises and evaluation.
Practical Music Theory and Harmony (both years) You will learn about relevant music theory through a series of exercises and worksheets. Many of the exercises will need to be implemented practically.
Professional Practice in the Music Industry: You will learn about the music industry through individual research, case studies and worksheets.
Assessment of Progress
The course is two years in length and 42% of assessment is via coursework which is internally assessed:
It is structured around a number of assignments, some of which will be short-term (gigs, written projects) while others will require evidence of long-term progression (instrumental lessons, practice logs, etc.). Each unit has a learning content and outcomes that are clearly stated, and students will be kept informed of their progress.
Please note that changes to this year's specification mean that BTEC is introducing some exam-like elements to the course which will make up 52% of the assessment - however, they will be unlike traditional exams and more like supervised assessments such as preparation tasks, performances, and evaluations.
Instrumental and vocal Lessons
As performing to a high standard and demonstrating and monitoring technical improvement are such important aspects of the course it is compulsory that all students take regular instrumental/voice lessons. Lessons are available in College and students should sign up with a peripatetic teacher at the start of the year, or continue with their own lessons outside of college. The college operates a bursary system that offers financial support for lessons to some students. If the cost of lessons is prohibitive it may also be possible to have them less frequently e.g. once a fortnight rather than once a week.
The BTEC Level 3 Music Performing qualifications provide a sound basis for students wishing to proceed to university / higher education courses in Popular/ Commercial Music. It can lead to careers in performing, teaching, and composition as well as related areas in publishing and media. It combines well with most other subjects but compliments in particular Music Technology, Theatre Studies and Media Studies.