At Caedmon College we encourage students to be successful learners who enjoy learning, make good progress and achieve their best in Music.
Through Music lessons, students will have lots of opportunity in a supportive and encouraging environment to develop their confidence, resilience, problem solving skills, team work skills and above all enjoy making and discussing Music with others. We aim to help students to become responsible citizens who make a positive contribution to an increasingly creative society.
Year 7 Units
In Years 7 and 8, students are following our new more student-led and challenging ‘Ked-inspired’ curriculum. Independent study tasks are listening and research-based tasks whilst classwork consists of practical workshops, where students use instruments and their voices to express and create their musical ideas.
Topics covered include:
- Singing and elements
- Indonesian Gamelan
- Film music
- Blues and jazz
- Reggae and protest songs
- Working with chords
Assessment of Music
In Years 7 and 8, students are assessed on how they are developing the learning capabilities through the activities of performing with others in class, composing their own music and appraising music through written, oral and listening tasks. They work towards goals on according to their individual pathways. Audio recordings of students’ work is recorded regularly during lessons. Regular music concerts throughout the year also give all students the opportunity to showcase and have experience of performing their work to a wider audience with their peers.
Instrumental and vocal lessons are available to all students, with many being eligible for some funding towards these. Visiting instrumental teachers offer lessons on the following: woodwind, brass, voice, piano and keyboard, music theory, strings, guitar and percussion. Students who play an instrument are strongly encouraged to bring them into music lessons that are taught as part of the curriculum whenever possible.
The College choir, folk band, brass group, Scoresby music group and other student bands play regularly both at College events and in the local community. All ensembles are open to all students in College, regardless of ability or musical experience.
Whitby is a real musical hub and we have above average numbers of students taking music GCSE each year. Do you enjoy playing or
listening to music? Are you interested in writing your own music, becoming a skilled instrumentalist or singer, travelling abroad with your class and being part of a band? Then music is the course for you.
Why study Music?
Music is a subject highly regarded by employers and higher education providers. Music is a science, a mathematical, a foreign language, physical education and above all, art. It offers a creative outlet whilst enabling you to develop skills in teamwork, discipline, creative thinking, problem solving, brain and memory development, taking risks and building confidence, academic study… to name a few.
What you will study
Through performing, creating and studying music as an individual and in groups, you will cover the following areas of study:
- musical forms and devices
- music for ensemble
- film music
- popular music.
All GCSE music students receive a funded group instrumental/singing lesson each week.
How you will be assessed
30% – your best performances, recorded in the final year of the course, on any instrument/ voice.
30% – two of your own compositions, which you will complete throughout the course.
40% – a listening exam in June of Year 11.
Where can the subject lead?
The UK’s creative industries account for one in eleven jobs, a rate rising more quickly than all other parts of the economy. You could go on to study music at a higher level, which could lead to a career in music production, media, education, the travel industry, the armed forces, mental healthcare, film or gaming. Creative learning is not just a route into the arts, it is also essential across the economy. Ask app inventors or car designers.
“Music is challenging but fun. You have to work hard!” – Evie
“In this subject, if you work hard, it really pays off and you do well” – Phoebe
“I got to go to France where I learnt music, made friends, ate new foods and cried!” – Lewis
What will I study?
Do you love singing or playing music? Do you enjoy writing your own songs or creating your own music? Do you enjoy listening to and discussing a wide range of music? Music A-level is the course for you to help to become a confident and creative musician. You will further develop your practical skills through the many performance opportunities we offer. You will also study and analyse a range of music, from symphonies to rock and pop.
What do students do afterwards?
The majority of our A-level music students have progressed onto music or arts-based courses, at university or Conservatoires. We’ve also had students go on to study a range of other subjects, like maths and science. Music A-level is highly regarded by all universities as a subject that is rigorous, both academically and practically.
How will I be assessed?
30% performance (recital); 30% composition portfolio; 40% exam at the end of the course.
Note: At A2, you can choose to specialise in composition (35%).
What can I do to prepare?
Get involved in as many musical activities as you can – bands, writing and listening to music. Talk to Mrs Beattie or any of the peripatetic teachers or students who have taken the course. We will give you a full bridging programme when you finish your GCSE course and we can help you with any bits you are stuck on.
“After studying music at CCW I went on to gain a first class degree in the subject. This has enabled me to successfully pursue a career I am passionate about and simply love.” – Abigail Hall
Below are the extra-curricular activities on offer. All GCSE and A-level students are expected to attend at least one extra-curricular group each week to develop their ensemble skills, as part of their course.
Tuesdays 3.30-4.30 Folk Group – Normanby
This group is open to all instrumentalists. We have a good selection of folk instruments that students can try in addition to playing their own. The folk group have performed at MusicPort World Music festival in the past and have enjoyed opportunities to work with local professional musicians Rebecca Gross and Richard Grainger.
Wednesday 1.15-1.45 Scoresby Choir – Mrs Harrison
All Year 7/8 students are welcome to attend this singing club in a relaxed and friendly environment. Students have the opportunity to sing solo parts, showcase what they enjoy singing outside of school and can make suggestions for new songs to learn.
Wednesday 1.00-1.30 Senior Choir – Norma
This SAT/SATB group is aimed at all singers who want to develop their close harmony and part-singing skills in an enjoyable setting. The choir perform regularly and have been on tour to Sweden and France.
- students can learn an instrument with the County Peripatetic Team who visit the College every week. For more information please talk to Mrs Beattie. All instrumentalists should bring their instrument into curriculum music lessons to use
- students can also play in the orchestras and bands at the Whitby and Scarborough Music Centres
- the College ensembles enter the Eskdale Festival of the Arts. Students are encouraged to enter individually for the various classes too in the festival
- a foreign exchange trip for anyone involved in any of the ensembles is open to all students who are enthusiastic about getting involved in Music making in Year 9 and above
- we have a regular visit from St. Hilda’s School, Buenos Aires when we do some combined musical items
- numerous concerts and performing opportunities for students take place throughout the year.