Music, Drama & Performing Arts

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 LETTER re MUSIC TUITION

Autumn Application for FSM Funding – Music Tuition

Head of Department

Mr P Osborne

The Music and Drama Department at Cwmbran High is a busy, vibrant department providing numerous opportunities for student success through both a varied curriculum and a varied extra-curricular timetable.

 

Extra-curricular activities within the department include a whole school choir instrumental ensembles and an annual school production. The students are given many opportunities to perform and demonstrate their talents in various concerts throughout the year.

 

Music

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

All pupils are given the opportunity to study Music. In their lessons, pupils perform, listen to, and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. They are also given the opportunity to compose their own music and learn to play a musical instrument if they wish.

The music curriculum at all levels is split into three key learning areas; performing, composing and appraising. Units of work are planned to incorporate all three of these areas and students are assessed at the end of each unit and given a level, along with feedback, on how to improve their work for the next assessment.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11)

Pupils opting to study Music at GCSE level will follow the WJEC specification for GCSE Music. The course is made up of the following units:

 

Unit 1: Performing

Section A: Performing: A minimum of two pieces, one of which must be an ensemble performance of at least one minute duration. The other piece(s) may be either solo and/or ensemble. One of the pieces performed must link to an area of study of the learner’s choice.

Section B: A programme note for one of the pieces chosen for performance, linked to an area of study.

 

Unit 2: Composing

Section A: Two compositions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by WJEC. Learners will choose one brief from a choice of four, each one linked to a different area of study. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief.

Section B: An evaluation of the piece composed in response to a brief set by WJEC.

 

Unit 3: Appraising

Pupils have to answer eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study. Two of the questions are based on prepared extracts set by WJEC.

 

The WJEC GCSE Music Specification can be found using the following link:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/p2ohtvdr/wjec-gcse-music-spec-from-2016-e.pdf

 

 

Drama

 

Key Stage 3 (Years 7 – 9)

All pupils are given the opportunity to study Drama. Within these lessons pupils experience a range of topics exploring theatrical styles and texts. Lessons are structured to ensure all pupils develop their communication, cooperation and concentration skills. Pupils’ progress is assessed at the end of each unit and given a level, along with feedback, on how to improve their work for the next assessment, with a focus on creating, performing, and responding.

 

Key Stage 4 (Years 10 – 11)

Pupils opting to study Drama at GCSE level will follow the WJEC specification. Pupils explore and extend the working methods of a variety of theatre companies such as Splendid Theatre and Frantic. Assembly and practitioners such as Brecht, Stanislavski and Berkoff. Pupils are able to develop the ability to critically evaluate their own and others work.

 

Unit 1 -Devising Theatre

Pupils will create, develop and perform a piece of devised theatre based on either the work of a theatre practitioner or a genre in response to a stimulus set by WJEC. They must also complete a written evaluation of the devised performance under formal supervision.

 

Unit 2- Performing Theatre

Learners participate in a performance based on two 10 minute extracts from a performance text of their own choice.

 

Unit 3 -Interpreting Theatre (Written Exam)

Section A: Set Text. A series of questions on one set text explored as an actor, designer and director from a choice of five.

Section B: Live Theatre Review. Students watch a live theatre performance and produce a written analysis and evaluation from the perspective of a theatre critic.

 

The WJEC GCSE Drama Specification can be found using the following link:

https://www.wjec.co.uk/media/ghanwccx/gcse-drama-spec-from-2016-e.pdf