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Music

There are many benefits to the study of Music and it is imperative that students are given a thorough grounding in the understanding and application of Music. The Music Department at Thomas Aveling is a place where students can come and develop their musical skills through rehearsal and practice. Every student at Thomas Aveling is given the opportunity to study an instrument of their choice, we currently offer voice, flute, piano, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. Students are also encouraged to join one of the many Music clubs to help them develop their confidence and their ability to work in a team.

Subject Leader: Mr G Gannon (ggannon@thomasaveling.co.uk)

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students follow a course which builds on their knowledge and skill in the three areas of Listening, Composing and Performing music from a wide range of styles and cultures including classical music, music from Africa, Blues songwriting, keyboard skills, Film music and music from India. Music is a collaborative art and students regularly work together to create their practical work.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Rhythm
  • Elements of Music and Pitch Notation
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • African Drumming and Singing

Year 8

  • 12 Bar Blues
  • Film Music
  • Indian Music
  • Reggae
  • Popular Music

Key Stage 4 – GCSE MUSIC (1-9)

Exam board: AQA

If students choose to study Music at KS4 they work towards completing the GCSE qualification in Music. The course is divided into three main sections; Composition, Performance and Listening. Pupils will complete 60% of their coursework before their written exam at the end of the course. The course is highly practical and encourages pupils to listen and perform music from 1600, right up to the modern day.

Year 9

  • Music Theory
  • Instrumental recognition and Aural skills
  • The fundamentals of rehearsal
  • Melody and Harmony writing
  • Stylistic awareness
  • Analysis of Set work – Area of Study 2  (3 songs)

Year 10

  • Analysis of Set work – Area of Study: One classical movement
  • Song writing
  • Orchestration
  • Developing a Performance for Ensemble
  • Developing a Solo Performance
  • Aural Skills

Year 11

  • Exam techniques
  • Contextual awareness of Music
  • Component 1: Set Composition Brief
  • Aural Skills

KS5 – A Level Music

Exam Board – Eduqas

If students choose to study Music at KS5 they work towards completing the GCE A Level qualification in Music. The course is divided into three main sections; Composition, Performance and Listening. Pupils will complete 60% of their coursework before their written exam at the end of the course. The course is highly practical and encourages pupils to listen and perform music from 1600, right up to the modern day. Students should be able to comfortably perform at Grade 4 standard on their instrument/voice.

Year 12

  •  Area of Study 1 – The development of the Symphony
  •  Area of Study 2 – Rock and Pop Music
  •  Area of Study 5 – Into the Twentieth Century
  • Deep analysis techniques
  • Harmony and Melody writing
  • Rehearsal techniques & how to build your musical repertoire

Year 13

  •  Area of Study 1 – Set work
  •  Area of Study 5 – Set works
  • Advanced Harmony and Counterpoint techniques
  • Free Composition
  • Rehearsal techniques for Performance