Music

KS4 - Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners - Rockschool

KS4 - Level 2 Certificate in Technology for Music Practitioners

 Autumn

Unit 229 - Music Rehearsal Skills – Pupils will set personal goals for the rehearsal process, choose repertoire to perform and identify methods to refine their instrumental/vocal skills.

 

Unit 209 - Listening to music – Pupils will be broadening their musical tastes by listening to and analysing music from different genres.

Unit 227 – Using a Digital Audio Workstation – Pupils will be learning the basics of how to use computer software such as Garage band and Cubase.

Unit 226 – Remixing and Production – Pupils will be exploring different styles of remixing and identify a specific style that they would like to remix.

 

 

 

Spring

Unit 229 - Music Rehearsal Skills – Pupils will undertake the rehearsal process to refine repertoire for a 15 minute performance.

Unit 209 – Listening to Music – Pupils will be learning to analyse music effectively; identifying structures; using correct terminology to describe different music; defining genres.

 

Unit 230 – Live Music Performance – This is a task based external assessment that is set and marked by Rockschool, but takes place within the school, with a set number of supervised hours. Pupils will need to work together to prepare and perform at a specified event.

 

Unit 227 – Using a Digital Audio Workstation – Pupils will continue to learn how to use a DAW and will create a power point presentation showing how the main functions and features work and what they are used for. 

Unit 226 – Remixing and Production – Pupils will be given a specific song that they will need to remix into their chosen style. They will need to evidence progress throughout in the form of a PowerPoint presentation, using screenshots and explaining what processes they have undertaken.

 

Unit 223 – Live Sound Recording - This is a task based external assessment that is set and marked by Rockschool, but takes place within the school, with a set number of supervised hours. Pupils will create a recording plan and then multi-track record a live band using a mixing desk and a variety of different microphones.

 Summer

Unit 229 - Music Rehearsal Skills – Following a dress rehearsal/performance of their repertoire, pupils will then evaluate the performance and the rehearsal process as a whole.

Unit 209 – Listening to Music - Pupils will be given two different music recordings and will need to assess their emotional response to each. They will then compare their response with those of two other peers, looking at how different factors have influenced each response.

Unit 227 – Using a Digital Audio Workstation – Pupils will be given a music project file and will need to assess how it has been created.

Unit 226 – Remixing and Production – After receiving feedback on their finished remix from the teacher, pupils will need to evaluate its success.

 

 

 

 

 How is the course assessed

Internal Assessment – Coursework - This will take place in school and will be marked by the teacher.

External Assessment – Coursework and video evidence - This will take place in school but will be marked by Rockschool.

 

 

 How can you support your child at home

It would be extremely beneficial for your child to have their chosen instrument available at home to refine their skills. Unfortunately the school does not have the resources to supply each pupil with an instrument so that they are able to practise at home. Most instruments can be sourced as cheap as £20 - £50 online and can be found even cheaper second hand.

Another valuable item for your child is a pair of over ear headphones. These are essential for practising instruments and using music technology to record any compositions they create (iPads, iMacs, Mixing Desks).

For further advice on purchasing an instrument/pair of over ear headphones to aid your child’s learning, please contact Mr Sullivan on Class Dojo or via email (sullivanb@jamesbrindley.bham.sch.uk)

One key piece of equipment for music technologists is a pair of over ear (closed back) studio headphones. These are essential for pupils to create accurate mix downs of songs they are editing on computers or recording on mixing desks. Unfortunately the school does not have the resources to provide a pair of headphones for every pupil. These headphones can be purchased online for around £30.

 

Getting hold of music production software (DAW’s) is extremely easy nowadays. For Apple; Garageband is a free piece of software that can be downloaded.  For Windows; Presonus studio one 3 prime is another free piece of software. If your child has an iPad, iMac, Windows PC or Laptop available to them at home, please encourage them to experiment and create music at home. There are also lots of video tutorials on YouTube to help them along the way.

 

For further advice on purchasing over ear headphones or downloading music software to aid your child’s learning, please contact Mr Sullivan on Class Dojo or via email (sullivanb@jamesbrindley.bham.sch.uk)