Curriculum

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

Year 7

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. 

Block A: Singing

Block B: Keyboard Skills

Block C: Ensemble Performance Skills

Year 8

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. 

Block A: Film Music

Block B: Pop Music

Block C: The Musical 

Year 9

In Year 9 every student will have 3 timetabled lessons of music per week. 

Block A: The Blues, Ensemble Performance 1, Composition 1 (Classical), Music Technology

Block B: Composition 2 (Film), Solo Performance 1, World Music, Song Writing

Block C: History of Pop, Music Theory, Solo Performance 2, Ensemble Performance 2

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. 

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.

Component 1: Performing Music (35%) A Solo and/or ensemble performance of 10-12 minutes on any instrument or voice.

Component 2: Composing Music (25%) Two compositions totalling between 4-6 minutes. One is in response to a chosen brief, and the second is a free composition.

Component 3: Developing Musical Understanding (40%) A 2 hour 15 minute exam listening to familiar and unfamiliar music, analysing scores and examining continuity and change in instrumental music