The Music Department has three teachers and a Faculty Support Assistant. The department is led by Mrs Liz Mummery, a singer who enjoys helping young people ‘find their voice’.

Mr Andrew Maycock is a percussionist, pianist and guitarist and Mrs Nicola Richardson plays the piano and flute. The department is extremely well supported by Mr Ruairidh (pronounced Rory) Fear who plays the trumpet and has a specialism in Music Technology.

All of the team have complementary skills, and each is highly experienced and motivated to ensure that your son or daughter has the best possible musical experience at Nunthorpe Academy.

Music Faculty

NameInitialsE-mailTelephone
Mr Andrew MaycockAMamaycock@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.137
Mrs Nicola RichardsonNMRnrichardson@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.137
Mr Wayne ShellardWSwshellard@nunthorpe.co.uk01642 310561 ext.141

Year 6 Transition

In Music we aim to develop confidence in the first lessons, through playing rhythm and pitch games, team building activities through the use of Djembe (African drums) and some singing activities. All these activities are designed to make the young person feel comfortable in the musical environment, and get to know others in the group.

Key stage 3

Programme of Study

The KS3 Music Course provides the foundation for further study at GCSE and A Level and provides young people with a range of musical skills that will help them understand and enjoy music for life.

The Learning Journey

Students will, over time, learn how to read music through a wide range of rhythm and pitch exercises that will lead to them being able to play simple melodies and chords so that they can then access and play those songs that they listen to, everyday, at home.

They will discover their inner creativity through composition exercises and will discuss music we listen to using musically specific language based around all the elements of music: pitch, rhythm, tempo, dynamics, texture, timbre and structure.

The course puts the pupils’ work in a broad historical, critical, environmental and global context and will frequently refer to the values in the Social, Moral, Spiritual and Cultural (SMSC) agenda.

Expectations within the department are extremely high and students are requested to demonstrate respect (to people and instruments) and to have an open mind.

Assessment

Young people will be awarded a grade 1-9 throughout KS3 and KS4 to keep in line with the new GCSE grading criteria. The grade will be based on performance, composition and analytical skills once each half term.

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Scheme of Work

The scheme of work which will be used at KS3 can be found here.

Key stage 4

Programme of Study

We currently offer GCSE Music (Eduqas) which gives students the opportunity to study the areas of performance, composition and Appraising. This course will build on the work done at KS3 and is suitable for all. Learning to sing or play a musical instrument is beneficial prior to the start of the course but not essential.

The Learning Journey

Students will build a skill set that will enable them to perform on their own and with others, and compose in a range of styles. They will listen to and analyse a range of music ranging from historic to contemporary, and will learn how to talk about it in a musical way. Students will present their ‘best’ work for assessment at the end of the course, as shown below.

GCSE Music – Summary of Assessment

Component 1: Performing – Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification
A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice.

Component 2: Composing – Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes
Non-exam assessment: internally assessed, externally moderated 30% of qualification
Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The briefs will be released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.

Component 3: Appraising – Written examination: 1 hour 15 minutes 40% of qualification
This component is assessed via a listening examination. Eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study.

  • Area of study 1: Musical Forms and Devices;
  • Area of study 2: Music for Ensemble;
  • Area of study 3: Film Music;
  • Area of study 4: Popular Music.

Two of the eight questions are based on extracts set by WJEC.

This linear qualification will be available in May/June each year. It will be awarded for the first time in Summer 2018.

Homework

Students will be expected to complete one piece of homework each week for component 3. Practising their chosen instrument should be ongoing each day, and students will need to work on compositional ideas at school, perhaps at lunchtimes or after school as the technology required cannot be take home.

Setting

All GCSE music students are taught in mixed ability groups.

Grade Descriptors

These are currently being finalised, but will be available soon.

Key stage 5

Programme of Study

We are currently offering A Level Music through Eduqas which will give young people the opportunity to continue to develop their performance, composition and appraising skills.

To study this course you would be expected to have achieved at least a grade B at GCSE, however there are a few students who may not have taken GCSE who would still be eligible if they play a musical instrument at a high standard, so please ask for further details.

Below is an overview of the programme of study.

GCE A Level Music – Summary of Assessment

For this specification learners must choose either Option A in both Components 1 and 2 or Option B in both Components 1 and 2. All learners must study Component 3.

Component 1: Performing
Option A: (35% of qualification) Total duration of performances: 10-12 minutes
A performance consisting of a minimum of three pieces, at least one of these pieces must be as a soloist. The other pieces may be either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study. At least one other piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one other, different area of study.

Option B: (25% of qualification) Total duration of performances: 6-8 minutes. Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by a visiting examiner.
A performance consisting of a minimum of two pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble or a combination of both. One piece must reflect the musical characteristics of one area of study.

Component 2
Composing Option A: (25% of qualification) Total duration of compositions: 4-6 minutes
Two compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition is a free composition.

Composing Option B: (35% of qualification) Total duration of compositions: 8-10 minutes Non-exam assessment: externally assessed by WJEC.
Three compositions, one of which must reflect the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition and be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will have a choice of four set briefs, released during the first week of September in the academic year in which the assessment is to be taken. The second composition must reflect the musical characteristics of one different area of study (i.e. not the Western Classical Tradition) while the third composition is a free composition.

Component 3
Appraising Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes 40% of qualification
Three areas of study:
Area of study A: The Western Classical Tradition (The Development of the Symphony 1750-1900) which includes two set works. Choose one set work for detailed analysis and the other for general study.

  • Symphony No. 104 in D major, ‘London’: Haydn
  • Symphony No. 4 in A major, ‘Italian’: Mendelssohn

A choice of one area of study from:
Area of study B: Rock and Pop
Area of study C: Musical Theatre
Area of study D: Jazz

A choice of one area of study from:
Area of study E: Into the Twentieth Century including two set works:

  • Trio for Oboe, Bassoon and Piano, Movement II: Poulenc;
  • Three Nocturnes, Number 1, Nuages: Debussy.

Area of study F: Into the Twenty-first Century including two set works:

  • Asyla, Movement 3, Ecstasio: Thomas Adès
  • String Quartet No. 2 (Opus California) Movements 1 (Boardwalk) and 4 (Natural Bridges): Sally Beamish

Questions

  1. Set work analysis with a score;
  2. Extended responses on wider context;
  3. Unprepared extracts of music with and without a score;
  4. Comparison questions.

This component includes a listening examination.

This linear qualification will be available in the summer series each year. It will be awarded for the first time in summer 2018. Qualification Accreditation Number: 601/8146/1

Grade Descriptors

The grade descriptors which will be used at KS5 can be found here.