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The Marlborough Science Academy

Music

Key Stage 3 Music

Music is taught within a creative and fun atmosphere where students are encouraged to fulfil their potential in performing, listening and composing.  The subject is part of the Arts Faculty.

Students at Key Stage 3 each receive two sixty minute lessons per timetable cycle. Students learn to play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts, using their voice and instruments.  They are given opportunities to improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions.  Students develop their understanding of traditional music notation appropriately and accurately in an engaging and user friendly manner. Students learn to listen, with increasing discrimination, to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians. Students are given the opportunity to continue with or take up instrumental or vocal lessons and currently we offer instrumental and vocal lessons in:

  • Flute
  • Clarinet
  • Saxophone
  • Violin
  • Electric Guitar
  • Bass Guitar
  • Drum-kit
  • Voice
  • Keyboard
  • Piano

All instrumental and vocal lessons take place during the school day, fees for instrumental and vocal lessons are set by our local music hub the Hertfordshire Music Service, who provide the lessons.

Music Key Stage 4 

Students who choose to study Music at Key Stage 4 will follow the Edexcel GCSE Music (9 – 1) course.

The course consists of three components:

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Appraising

The types of tasks that are completed are:

  • Engaging critically and creatively with a wide range of music
  • Developing an understanding of the place of music in different cultures and contexts
  • Reflecting on how music is used in the expression of personal and collective identities

The course is assessed through:

  • Controlled Assessment

The composition of two pieces of music based on a combination of musical elements, worth 30% of the final grade (the use of music technology is encouraged which assists students with multi-textured composition, sounds and playback) plus solo and ensemble performances worth 30% of the final grade.

  • Examination

A 1 hour 45 minute written paper worth 40% of the final grade. This comprises of four areas of study, each containing two Set Works. Students use the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language to analyse the pieces which range from Bach to Queen!

In the words of Albert Einstein: “The greatest scientists are artists as well". Music is part art, part science! Which means it will help you build your problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills, as well as develop your creativity.

Music encourages discipline, composure under pressure, time management, communication, team and individual working ability - all gained from practice and performing. These skills are in great demand from employers across a range of industries and is why GCSE Music is very highly regarded.

Music graduates have a wide range of career options available to them both inside and outside of the industry including performer, teacher, administrator, songwriter, conductor, composer, recording engineer, manager, promoter, or music publisher.

There are also more jobs than ever in music business related areas, such as careers in digital marketing, public relations, social media, technology, ticketing and merchandising. It is also common to find music graduates in consultancy, finance, banking, music therapy and legal jobs.