STCM Music Department follows the National Curriculum Key Stage 3 and involves world music, traditional and modern forms of music and covers a wide range of experience in composing original music, playing and listening to music by established composers.
We concentrate on learning to read basic notation and perform music, using a range of instruments. Students are given the opportunity to compose on their own and in groups.
We build on the skills and knowledge acquired in Year 7 giving students more chance to perform and compose in specific styles of music they learn about.
This year is designed to give students the basic skills that they will need if they wish to carry on into GCSE Music. Composition will be featured regularly as will performances. Students are encouraged to perform to their peers and develop their own styles and skills.
Key Stage 4
Music BTEC Tech Award
The BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice is a specialist music industry vocational qualification with a practical focus. The aim of this qualification is to provide you with the knowledge and range of skills needed to become a successful music performer and producer. The course is equivalent to GCSE and fully accredited by OfQual and DfES.
What will I learn?
You will develop knowledge and understanding of styles and genres of music.
Explore techniques used to create music products.
Explore professional and commercial skills for the music industry.
Apply and develop individual musical skills and techniques.
Perform stylistically accurate cover versions.
Create original music using existing stylistic frameworks and traits.
COMPONENT 1 – EXPLORING MUSIC PRODUCTS AND STYLES 30% (internally assessed)
COMPONENT 2 – MUSIC SKILLS DEVELOPMENT 30% (internally assessed)
COMPONENT 3 – RESPONDING TO A COMMERCIAL MUSIC BRIEF 40% (externally assessed)
Assessment Method and Component Percentages:
This course is 100% coursework. Component 3 takes the form of a timed assessment under controlled conditions based on an assignment set and marked by Pearson.
Key Stage 5
Students at St Cuthbert Mayne have the opportunity to study BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performing).
This course is designed to give students all of the skills they require for a career in the music industry. It is 100% coursework based and students will be required to study 6 units of work over the two year course.