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Music Trip 2015
October 08, 2015
By Vato Klemera & Cristina Hemmett, Year 11 Students
In July students from all year groups departed on a cold and rainy day for the music trip to Sorrento, Italy. This trip gave me some of the best experiences I’ve ever had during my time at Chancellor’s School.
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Arts Summer Showcase Tuesday 30th June 2015
June 05, 2015
By Mr M Clarke, Head of Performing Arts
The upcoming summer showcase aims to celebrate the achievements of Chancellor’s students during this academic year. You are invited to join us to celebrate these achievements in Music, Art and Drama. Read More
Chancellor's Carol Service 2014
February 24, 2015
By Mr M Clarke, Head of Performing Arts
The Chancellor’s School Carol Service is the one of the highlights of the performance calendar. Around one hundred students take part either reading, singing or playing an instrument. We are welcomed each year to St. Mary’s church by Rev. Peter Bevan. Read More
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News update from Spain
July 18, 2013
By Mr L Kemmett
We are on the final day of the tour and it has been a resounding success. The students have just performed a beautiful recital in the Monserrat Basilica (pictured).
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Year 7

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered

Samba, Film Music, Composition, Keyboard skills, Using the musical elements, Rock School.

Assessment Information

Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed on skills such as ensemble, performing, composing and listening/ analysing and evaluation skills using a shared success criteria.

Year 8

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered

Blues, Improvising melodies, Chords, Remixing, Cover versions, Extending keyboard skills, Music for Adverts

Assessment Information

Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed on skills such as ensemble, performing, composing and listening/ analysing and evaluation skills using a shared success criteria.

Year 9

Taught in form groups

Main topics covered

Reggae, Ukelele (chords), Steel pan ensemble, Sequencing, Creating music for an event

Assessment Information

Assessment is ongoing; pupils are assessed on skills such as ensemble, performing, composing and listening/ analysing and evaluation skills using a shared success criteria.

Year 10 & 11

Taught in mixed ability groups

GCSE Music following the OCR Exam Board (Syllabus number J535).

Assessment Information

In the GCSE course, there are 3 units:

  • Unit B351, Integrated Task (Worth 30% of the final grade). Involving a performance, a composition and a commentary, all related to Area of Study 1.
  • Unit B352, Practical Portfolio (Worth 30% 0f the final grade). Involving a portfolio containing a group performance relating to Area of Study 2, a composition relating to Area of Study 2, 3 or 4 and a log and commentary.
  • Unit B353, Creative Task (15%). A timed task drawing on understanding gained from an area of study, in which candidates develop a short piece and communicate it, based on a stimulus.
  • Unit B354, Listening Examination (25%). A written paper, with CD, assessing knowledge and understanding of Areas of Study 2, 3 and 4.

Main Topics Covered

  • Shared Music - from the Pop Ballad to African A Capella via The Classical Concerto and Jazz.
  • Dance Music - from the Viennese Waltz to Club Dance via Tango and Salsa
  • Descriptive Music - Film and Programmatic music

Textbook

GCSE: "GCSE Music – OCR Specification" CGP Publishing ISBN number: 978 1 84762 370 6

Year 12 & 13

Exam Board and Syllabus number: WJEC 1301-1306/01

Assessment Information

A/S

Unit 1 - (1301/01) Performance lasting 8-10 minutes. One piece should reflect and area of study. Performance marked by an external examiner (30% of AS)

Unit 2 - (1302/01) Two compositions lasting for a total of between 4-8 minutes. One composition demonstrating the musical techniques and conventions associated with the Western Classical Tradition, One free composition. Teacher assessed and externally moderated (30% of AS)

Unit 3 – (1303/01) One listening examination in two parts; Part 1: (12%):1 hour appraising test based on extracts of music (set works) taken from the two Areas of Study selected for study by the centre, Part 2: (8%): 1 hour aural perception (melodic dictation, keys, chords, cadences) based on unprepared musical extracts. (40% of AS)

A2

Unit 1 – (1304/01) Solo and/or ensemble performance, Performance should last between 10 and 12 minutes. One piece should reflect the new area of study (Music in the 20th and 21st centuries), Assessed by visiting examiner (30% of A2).

Or

Performance should last between 16 and 18 minutes, One piece should reflect the new area of study (Music in the 20th and 21st centuries), One piece to reflect a further area of study, Assessed by visiting examiner (40% of A2)

Main topics covered

Theatre styles, Theatre practitioners, genre, live theatre analysis, improvisation and scripted perform Analysis of set works, Development of the String Quartet, Western Classical and 20th/ 21st Century compositional techniques, Aural perception and appraising.

Textbook

A2: "Composing Contemporary Music - A Student's Guide" Pwyll ap Siôn & Iwan Llewelyn-Jones ISBNumber:9781845214074

Staff

  • Mr. M. Clarke (Head of Arts Faculty)
  • Mrs. E. Grant
  • Ms. H. Riley

Facilities

There are 2 Music classrooms, both of which have classroom keyboards and a full range of classroom percussion. We also have 20 Apple iMac computers all running Sibelius and Logic 9. Video cameras and voice recorders are often used to record pupils' work.

Extra Curricular

Any pupil can get involved in any event, please speak to your Music teacher for further information.

Click here to view the Extra-Curricular calendar, which has information on Music clubs