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Performing Arts - Music

Block 1
Assessment: Internal and External
Head of Faculty: Mrs J. Purdy
Subject Lead: Miss S. Ward

What will I study?
Qualifications in Music offer a range of key units spanning across all areas of the Music Industry and Musicianship. If you have an interest in Music as a performer, then one of these are the qualification for you!

How will I be assessed?
There are three units:

Unit 1 – Live Music Performance (Externally Assessed Core Unit)
The Certificate has an externally assessed core unit – Live Performance –This is a controlled assessment which involves the planning, execution and evaluation of a 7.5 – 15 minute practical performance based on a given brief.

Unit 2 – Musical Knowledge Development (Internally Assessed Core Unit)
This second core unit – Musical Knowledge Development – is designed to give all performers the range of knowledge and skills to be a more rounded and accomplished musician. You will study various popular musical styles such as Jazz, Rock’n’roll, Rap and Eighties and learn about the distinctive traits that comprise them as well as the recognition of musical characteristics. You will listen to important, seminal recordings and learn about important popular musical artists before choosing two to focus a research project on.

Unit 3 – Instrumental study (Internally Assessed Option Unit)
This unit is designed to allow students to; develop the skills to maintain and set up their instrument, to develop instrumental skills, to be able to organise their rehearsal time effectively, and be able to analyse their progress in terms of reaching personal aims and goal and ensure that health and safety issues are minimised.

In all units you will be assessed according to the RSL grading criteria and can achieve a Pass, Merit or Distinction.

What skills will I need?
You must, above all, have a real interest in Music and performance and be prepared to perform in front of classmates and larger audiences either as part of a group or as a soloist. You will be learning how to play an instrument. It is highly beneficial that you have your own instrument to practise on. Instrumental music lessons are not essential but advised. You also need to be self-disciplined, as much of the required work is undertaken independently. Please note that there is no requirement to be able to read music to undertake this course.

What happens in lessons?
In lessons you will develop your skills in Music with plenty of time to rehearse and practise. Upon starting the course, you will undertake a skills analysis to guide you in the next stages of your development as a musician whilst, throughout the lessons, working on a reflective diary where you will document and record your process throughout the modules. This will then be submitted to the external examiners for approval.

Ken Stimpson Community School
Staniland Way
PE4 6JT (Sat Nav users: PE4 6WR)