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Music at Wollaston School

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This course is designed to allow students to explore a wide range of musical styles and experiences. It recognises that we live in a culturally diverse age and the four areas of study reflect this, covering classical, world (bhangia / gamelan/African drumming) and popular music (Reggae, the blues, show music). Students will be given the opportunity to perform, compose and listen to music of all styles and the course caters for a wide range of musical abilities and interests.  Students who take this course are expected to: • practise their instrument or singing regularly; • complete all given homework - this could be research, composition, preparation or listening; • join a school ensemble or choir, if possible, or form their own group; • attend all lessons with an open mind and a willingness to try something new or challenging.  Suggestions for parents: • Encourage and support students in their practice – listen to them play. • Check homework tasks are being completed. If they have “no homework” they should be practising their instrument/singing. • Encourage them to listen to the radio – Classic FM / World Music /RADIO 6 or if available watch performance/arts broadcasts on BBC4 /performance channel. • Encourage them to attend concerts / shows. Coursework Requirements Final Examination Assessment Requirements:  PERFORMING – 30% (coursework) SOLO PERFORMANCE – one piece of candidate’s own choice PERFORMANCE DURING THE COURSE – one ensemble performance - performance of Composition One All are recorded during the course. These are teacher examined and moderated by the external examiner.  COMPOSING – 30% (Coursework) COMPOSITION 1 – written according to a brief based on one of the four areas of study. COMPOSITION 2 – written according to a brief based on a different area of study. Both are recorded during the course. These are teacher examined and moderated by the external examiner.  LISTENING AND APPRAISING – 40% (Examination) A range of questions based on music covered in the four areas of study. The examination will last 1 hour 30 mins. The paper will be marked by Edexcel examiners.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wollaston School directly.

Last updated date: 26 May 2015
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