Music

How is it that music can, without words, evoke our laughter, our tears, our highest aspiration?
Jane Swan (b. 1943)

Music is a subject that is not only fun and exciting but it also develops lifelong skills that enhance lives beyond the classroom.  At Royds Hall Community School, students have the opportunity to develop skills on instruments in a supportive environment which will allow them to thrive.

Phase One

Phase One Music is designed, at Key Stage 3, to provide students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the Edexcel GCSE in Music. Students will focus on developing their skills on a range of instruments including guitar, keyboard and ukulele.  Much of the work is collaborative and some of the units of work are taught using Musical Futures.

Phase Two

At Phase Two, students will study the Edexcel GCSE in Music which has three parts to it; composing, performing and listening.  The composition element is worth 30% of their overall mark and performing is similarly worth 30%.  The listening component of the course is assessed with an examination and is worth 40%.  

Composing (30%)

Students will learn how to produce two compositions using the music software available in school

Performing (30%)

Students will perform two pieces in any style on an instrument of their choice (or using the voice):

  • a solo piece
  • an ensemble piece

Listening (40%)

Students will study set pieces from four different areas of study:

  • Instrumental Music (1700 – 1820)
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions

The pieces include music by Beethoven and Queen and also music from Star Wars and ‘Wicked.’