In Music you will develop skills in music theory, aural perception and musical analysis with special emphasis placed on creativity and performance.

Music students have the opportunity to be a part of a number of Queen’s Music Ensemble Groups e.g. Choir, Orchestra, Chamber Group, Madrigal Group or Jazz Band.

Students also have the opportunity to learn an instrument as part of our itinerant music programme.

Year 9: Music

Year 9 Music provides an introduction to Music and focuses on:

  • Preparing and presenting  group performances
  • Writing group compositions
  • Concentrated listening
  • Reading basic notation
  • Developing skills in music technology
Year 10: Music

Topics:

  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Musical Knowledge
  • Aural
  • Music Theory

Skills:
Students will learn a variety of skills including, rehearsing, song writing, performing and a background in music theory, history and technology.

  • Preparing and presenting individual and group performances
  • Writing compositions
  • Investigating different styles of Music through the social, historical and cultural contexts
  • Identifying the use of the elements and features of Music
  • Developing skills in music technology
  • Assessments will include practical and written tasks
Year 11: Music

The senior courses use, and further develop, the skills learned in the junior courses. 

Topics: 

  • Stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in the musical domains: create, recreate, and appreciate.
  • To develop performing skills to enable students to participate in the wide range of musical activities found in the school and the community. 
  • To develop a perceptive, sensitive and discriminating response to music in a cultural and historical context. 
  • To provide an appropriate body of knowledge, promote, understand and develop skills as a basis for further study or leisure. 
  • To develop life skills and social skills through music making activities.

Skills

  • Preparing and presenting performances
  • Writing compositions by developing and structuring ideas
  • Recognising features in, and analysing musical scores
  • Studying the social, historical and cultural contexts of music works
Level 2: Music

Topics: 

  • To stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in the musical domains. 
  • To further develop performing skills to enable students to participate in the wide range of musical activities found in the school and the community. 
  • To further develop a perceptive, sensitive and discriminating response to music in a cultural and historical context. 
  • To promote, understand and develop skills as a basis for further study or leisure.  
  • To develop life skills and social skills through music-making activities.

Skills:

  • Preparing and presenting performances
  • Writing compositions by developing ideas, structuring ideas and exploring textural and timbal changes
  • Devising an instrumentation for an ensemble learning the skills of accurate transcription, orchestration and stylistic features
  • Recognising features in, and analysing musical scores
  • Studying the social, historical and cultural contexts of music works
Level 3: Music

Topics: 

  • Performance Skills - both individual and group. 
  • Musical Knowledge - studying different styles of music. 
  • Aural and Listening – developing a listening ear.
  • Harmonic and Tonal Analysis – looking at the structure of music. 
  • Composition/Arranging – writing or arranging music.

Skills:

  • Preparing and presenting performances
  • Writing substantial, original compositions by developing, combining and structuring ideas and exploring textural and timbal changes
  • Devising arrangements for an ensemble learning the skills of chord interpretation and voicing, orchestration and stylistic features
  • Advanced theory, harmony and analysis of music
  • Investigate collect, analyse and interpret information to draw insightful conclusions

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