Curriculum

This page will give you an overview of the Music and Music Technology courses on offer at Haslingden High School.

Year 7 - Key Stage 3 Music Overview

In Year 7 every student will have one timetabled lesson of music per week. Within this lesson they will study music performance, composition, listening skills, and analysing. 

Term 1 (September - December) Performance - Singing

Term 2 (January - March) Composition - Keyboard Skills

Term 3 (April - July) Listening and Analysing - Drumming/Ukulele  

Year 8 - Key Stage 3 Music Overview

In Year 8 every student will have one timetabled lesson of music per week. Within this lesson they will study music performance, composition, listening skills, and analysing. 

Term 1 (September - December) Composition - Film Music

Term 2 (January - March) Performance - Rock School

Term 3 (April - July) Listening and Analysing - Song Writing   

GCSE Music

This is an exciting, practical course for any serious musician who is keen to develop their composing, performing and listening skills. The course will inspire you and engage you actively in the study of music.

The GCSE will challenge your practical and creative skills in an enjoyable way; developing confidence, motivation and
organisational skills. You will be involved in the musical life of the
school, which extends far beyond three lessons a week!

Component 1: Performing (30%) One solo performance and one group performance. Performances are recorded onto CD and internally assessed.

Component 2: Composing (30%) One free composition and one composition written in relation to a brief. This is internally assessed.

Component 3: Appraising (40%) A written exam including questions on music theory, music history, pop music and film music. 

RSL Level 2 Certificate (Technology)

The RSL Music Practitioners qualifications are for Learners who want to develop their skills in the core elements of the Music Industry. These fully accredited qualifications are a real alternative for Learners who prefer a ‘hands-on’ approach to learning.

The qualifications are developed with Access to Music and industry professionals so that they are relevant to the current dynamics of the Music Industry. Music Practitioners qualifications are uniquely designed to have one core unit and an expansive choice of optional units in order to build a practical qualification that is specifically tailored to the Learners strengths.

At Haslingden High School, students will study the following units:

  • Live Sound Recording Assignment
  • Music Style Development
  • Listening to Music
  • Music Sequencing and Production

See the RSL Level 2 page on this website for further information about this course.

A Level Music

The music course is simple in design yet comprehensive and is intended to be stimulating and enriching for students. In both years, students experience the musical disciplines of performing (solo and/or ensemble), composing, listening and understanding.

Entry Requirements

You will need a minimum of 5 GCSE's grade A*-C including GCSE Music at Grade B or the ability to play an instrument to Grade 5 standard. All styles of playing are acceptable and rock and pop performers are most welcome if they are willing to learn traditional music notation.

Year 1/AS-Level

Unit 1: Performing Music (30%) A Solo and/or ensemble performance of 5-6 minutes on any instrument or voice.

Unit 2: Composing Music (30%) A 3 minute composition in response to a chosen brief, including a CD sleeve note that explains your ideas

Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding (40%) A two hour exam listening to familiar music, analysing scores and exploring 4 part writing.

Year 2/A2-Level

Unit 4: Extended Performance (30%) A solo and/or ensemble performance of 12-15 minutes on any instrument or voice.

Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study (30%) Compose a 3 minute composition in response to a chosen brief, and complete a technical study showing knowledge and stylistic awareness of harmony 

Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding (40%) A two hour exam listening to familiar and unfamiliar music, analysing scores and examining continuity and change in instrumental music

 

RSL Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Technology)

The RSL Music Technology course is equivalent to 1.5 A-Levels and is a practical hands on course designed to give you a wide range of industry-relevant skills related to the music industry.  There are 6 units in total.

Experience in the Music Industry is an essential part of the course and you will be involved in practical workshops with musicians and experts in live sound and studio recordings. You will visit studios, recording venues and concerts and develop your skills  both as a musician and music technologist.

Assessment takes place as an ongoing process for each of the units and may include submission of CD recordings and paperwork to support your learning. There are a number of opportunities for you to organise performance events and recording sessions each year to support study. Emphasis is on practical experience supported by written work. There is no formal exam.

At Haslingden High School, students will study the following units:

  • Digital Recording and Production
  • Music Sequencing and Production
  • Live Sound Recording & Sound Reinforcement
  • Composing for Film and Documentary
  • Lighting for Music Events

See the RSL Level 3 page on this website for further information about this course.