Who we are
Mr L. Wickenden
At Kings the Performing Arts department are passionate about making the Arts accessible for all and passing on not only our passion for our individual art forms but also the transferable skills so desired by employers and universities. We encourage and model creative thinking, the pushing of boundaries and originality - mirrored in our student and devised school productions. We create space for our young people to explore and improvise in a safe, enjoyable and creative environment.
In Year 7 students will complete the following units of work:
The Beatles and Guitar
In Year 8 students will complete the following units of work:
The Orchestra and Film Music
In Year 9 students will complete the following units of work:
20th Century Music
Final Independent Project Composing (Student Choice)
Examination Board: WJEC
Specification Code: C660QS
The GCSE course in music is designed to allow development in the understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music, extending your own interests and increasing your ability to make judgments about music quality.
By studying music, development of broader life-skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity and emotional and cultural development will be achieved.
In order to be able to study GCSE music you need to be competent in at least one instrument (that includes voice) up to grade 2 (or equivalent) or have already demonstrated commitment to spending extra time developing vocal and/or instrumental skill. In order to achieve in music you must begin the course with some musical skills beyond that which you have gained in your school music lessons.
The WJEC specification caters for all types of musicians such as the classical string player, singers, the rock guitarist or even the DJ (providing that they have their own DJ equipment.)
The course is broken into three areas which will have elements of the following areas of study:
Areas of Study
Unit 1: Performing Music (30%)
Unit 2: Composing Music (30%)
Unit 3: Music – Listening and Appraising (40%)