Music - Subjects - de Stafford School
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07/08/18

Retweeted From Hewitts of Croydon

Will you be attending this September? If you haven't bought your uniform at our school visit in July, online or in store already; make sure you come to store ASAP to guarantee all you need for a September start... don't get caught out! https://t.co/yZH1yRJY60

20/07/18

Congratulations to our newly appointed senior prefect team. https://t.co/R3Ubin6wrH

19/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

People of caterham and beyond we are almost there! The building works are on schedule for the grand new works to the centre. will be the great new addition to the site, with a range of snacks soon to be available! ☕️☕️

19/07/18

Retweeted From de Stafford PE

We are delighted to announce that ⁦⁩ has been awarded a 3rd consecutive Silver Games Mark! We are very proud of our students for their dedication to all aspects of school sport including volunteers & leaders! Thanks to ⁦⁩ ⁦https://t.co/jrARfApvWT

18/07/18

Congratulations to a select group of students for receiving recognition from Mr Garner this morning for accumulating so many achievement points this year. https://t.co/2PFu93IyzT

17/07/18

Thank to our Y8 Parents/Carers who attended this morning's Celebration Assembly. Tomorrow, it is the turn of Y10; we look forward to seeing you then.

17/07/18

Congratulations to SAM group 8ZKE who have also been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the amount of achievement points received! https://t.co/4zPakMQc9N

17/07/18

Well done to students in SAM 7RBR who have been awarded a Mufti Day tomorrow for the best attendance record in Year 7 this year. https://t.co/6P3SWzVnMA

16/07/18

Retweeted From Freedom Leisure - de Stafford Sports Centre

The new entrance lobby at is starting to take shape. Great work in this hot weather. https://t.co/t6JXpTb2uq

16/07/18

Lovely to welcome so many parents/carers to our Y7 Celebration Assembly this morning, thank you for your support. We look forward to the Y8 event tomorrow morning. Please do join us, if you can.

15/07/18

Retweeted From Glyn School P.E.

Well done to Mr Tanner and Miss Owen for delivering their Masters research at the St Mary's University Research Conference yesterday. Another two members of staff completing their MA. Well done to staff from and also, great achievement! https://t.co/9pSGdhjqP2

13/07/18

students have landed at Heathrow. What a difference to see only grey clouds! 😩

13/07/18

Retweeted From Rachel Picken

held the GLF Year 9 GCSEs skills Bootcamp today for & students. The students' descriptive writing& literary analysis was inspirational. Thanks to & Mr Matthews for his lecture on the Victorians https://t.co/DHouJDVrOp

13/07/18

Fantastic work from the Interact Club, helping to clear the local community of litter. https://t.co/osLkhFCeNb

13/07/18

Retweeted From Kerrie Cook

Year 9 English conference is well underway. Session 3 (The Victorians) is in full swing. With https://t.co/wnWUg8Nl7i

13/07/18

Well done to our fantastic team of volunteers from the Interact Club who are heading out to clear the ‘100 Steps’ footpath of litter this afternoon https://t.co/qlqpE3dOcs

13/07/18

Another early start, ready for La Reigna Sofía museum. Some tired smiles (again!). https://t.co/k3xflLAQdc

12/07/18

Having a lovely afternoon at Parque Warner. The students have made some new llama friends. https://t.co/EDtv4jITaB

12/07/18

Even the teachers had a great time at Bernabeu Stadium. Kids loving Madrid! https://t.co/lXEZQPoaQJ

12/07/18

Messing about on the river! https://t.co/UGsDE4TsOc

Head of Department: Mrs C Waddell
email: christine.waddell@destafford.org.uk

KS3

All students in Year 7 and 8 study music two lessons per fortnight . Students will study a range of different musical styles, genres and cultures from the 1500s to the present day. Each unit of work is designed to cover the core skills needed in music; Performance, Composition and Listening and Appraising. Students gain confidence through regular in class performances and gain invaluable life skills through group work, independent learning and the study of different cultures. Below is a brief outline of the different units of work studied in each year group.

Year 7

Students start by studying the basic Elements of Music and how to apply them when composing and performing. We then look at how to play the piano from music notation with proper technique, followed by a study of how to create music without traditional instruments. Ukulele and guitar are covered with a context of traditional Folk Music and we finish the year looking at song writing using Folk and Rock styles. Students also have the opportunity to use Music Technology to compose.

Year 8

Students will build on their prior knowledge of Music in Year 8 by studying a range of different musical styles. We start by looking at Blues and the historical context behind this genre of music. Students will then look at the history of popular music through Rock and Roll and how music has changed over the years. Performance on Rock instruments will lead to a study of how music has developed throughout history, with a band project to incorporate different styles of music into a group performance. Students will end the year with an opportunity to become animation composers while looking at Film Music.

KS4

Exam board – Eduqas GCSE Music.

Students studying GCSE music follow the Edexcel specification. They will look at 3 key areas – Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising.

Performing (30%)

As part of their coursework students will do two performances, one ensemble (group) and either another ensemble or a solo performance. Students will independently study their own instrument with help and advice from Mrs Waddell and their instrumental teachers.

Composing (30%)

Students will compose two pieces of music in different styles relating to the Areas of Study. One composition brief will be set by the exam board, with the second composition being free choice.

Listening and Appraising (40%)

Students study 2 different pieces of music across 4 Areas of Study. The focus of the exam will be identifying key features of a wide variety of genres, therefore exposure to a variety of styles of music will take place through performance and exam preparation. A variety of different question styles will be covered including music theory and notation, necessitating a study of how music is put together. This will include music theory. 

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices 

AOS2 – Music for Ensembles

AOS3 – Film Music 

AOS4 – Popular Music

Year 9

Students this year will study more modern styles of music. We start with an understanding of music notation and theory, alongside performance in an ensemble. As the year progresses, we look at Popular Music and performance skills on the instrument of their choice. Students will look at consolidating their performance skills with a final unit of work that enables students to write their own song in a band setting.

Year 10

In Year 10 students will study both set works, starting with Rainbow’s cover of ‘Since You’ve Been Gone’. We cover basic music theory and note reading as preparation for the exam. 
All students are expected to work on an instrument of their choice by choosing a piece of ensemble music to perform. Students are responsible for rehearsing and ensuring their piece is ready to perform. After Christmas, we start looking at the Composition element of the coursework. Students are required to write a piece of music in a style which relates to the Areas of Study. By the end of Year 10 all students should have nearly completed Composition 1, and be ready to record their two performances at the beginning of Year 11. 

Year 11

In Year 11 we continue from Year 10. We will cover the remaining areas of study.
In the first term, students are required to record performance coursework. They must find the piece they wish to perform, source the group and take responsibility for their rehearsal. During the first term, the set composition is started, and any changes needed to be made to composition 1 will be completed as well. Composition 2 involves the students working on another piece of music which is relating to a different style than the first, following the brief set by the exam board.
Once all set works are complete revision will take place and we will focus on the exam techniques required. Students do their mock exam in the December and following this we will revise all areas of study alongside completing and finishing coursework.

Progression Opportunities

Any kind of Music industry based career will look for Music as a GCSE. Music Technology, Composition, Music Production, and many more!