Expectations

KS3

At KS3 we operate a 'have a go' policy. All students are expected to try all performance, composition, listening and written tasks that are set, regardless of their level of musical experience. They can expect tasks to be differentiated to cater for the most able performers (we often have grade 4 and 5 players in year 7 and 8) to those who have had little musical experience.

GCSE

It is vital that GCSE students realise the importance of either 1. playing an instrument or 2. singing on a regular basis throughout their GCSE years. The performance component counts for 30% of their final mark, so singing or playing is something that should be occurring at home, if not in public, on a regular basis. Many students who begin playing an instrument at the beginning of year 9 successfully complete the course with performances of a high standard. But only if they are fired up to devote plenty of time to it.

A Level

Students need to be aware that a whilst a passion for music is sufficient grounds for taking GCSE Music, A Level Music is very different in some respects. It is expected that students understand the concept of staff notation and have covered the theory concepts within the grade 5 ABRSM syllabus. Students who enter the course without this theory background will struggle to see the course through.

Students also need to be aware that the minimum performance requirement for AS level (year 12) is Grade 6 and the minimum performance requirement for A2 (year 13) is Grade 7. The exam board demands that candidates who attempt the course without this level of proficiency on their voice or instrument have marks deducted for each piece performed below this standard.

May 2018

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