Music

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2017 KS4 Results

Practical & Theory Exam Results

Introduction

At Lincoln Castle Academy the Music Department aims to allow students to:

  • Form individual identities and positive interactions with music, developing competence as learners and increased self-esteem
  • Bring together intellect and feeling to enable personal expression, reflection and emotional development
  • Develop an appreciation of a broad range of cultures and traditions, both past and present to develop their cultural understanding
  • Be actively involved in both individual and group music-making
  • Feel a sense of achievement and self-worth, increasing their ability to work with others in a group context
  • Develop critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality
  • Increase their self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment.

Department Facilities

We have a large classroom specifically for making music, equipped with nearly a dozen electric keyboards and as many PCs. These have Sibelius, Dance EJ, Auralia and Audacity installed, allowing students to compose, test, record and modify their own music. We also have three music practise rooms for individual music lessons, as well as a varied collection of instruments including class sets of acoustic guitars, Djembe drums and Samba drums.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • Introduction to Music
  • What Makes a Good Song?
  • Orchestral Music: Carnival of the Animals
  • Djembe
  • Ukulele
  • Medieval Music

Year 8

  • The Folk Tradition
  • Composing a Blues Song
  • Ukulele
  • Samba
  • Ragtime
  • Orchestral Music: The Planets

Year 9

  • The Beatles
  • Film Music
  • Ukulele
  • Musicals

Key Stage 4

Students currently study AQA GCSE Music, developing their skills in Listening, Appraising, Composing and Performing. Students will learn about the following Areas of Study:

  • Western Classical Tradition 1650-1910 (Study Piece: Haydn: Clock Symphony Mvt. 2)
  • Popular Music (Study Pieces: The Beatles 'Sgt. Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band': With a Little Help From My Friends; Within You, Without You; Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds)
  • Traditional Music (Study Pieces: Santana 'Supernatural': Smooth; Migra; Love Of My Life)
  • Western Traditional Music since 1910 (Study Piece: Aaron Copland 'Rodeo': Saturday Night Waltz and Hoedown)
Component Marks Assessment Information
Component 1: Understanding Music 40%
(96 marks)
Exam paper Section A: Listening – unfamiliar music (68 marks)
Section B: Study Pieces (28 marks)
Component 2: Performing Music 30%
(72 marks)
Performance 1:
Solo (36 marks)
Performance 2:
Ensemble (36 marks)
Performances due in year 11
Minimum of 4 minutes, 1 minute of which must be ensemble.
Component 3: Composing Music 30%
(72 marks)
Composition 1 to a brief (36 marks)
Composition 2 – 'free' composition (36 marks)
Minimum of 3 minutes of music required

Key Stage 5

Students study Edexcel A Level Music, developing their skills in Performing and Composing alongside their Understanding of Music in Context.  Students will study the following Areas of Study:

  • ​Vocal Music
  • Instrumental Music
  • Music for Film
  • Popular Music and Jazz
  • Fusions
  • New Directions
Component Marks Assessment Information
Component 1: Performing 30%
(60 marks)
A public recital, a minimum of 8 minutes long (March-May)
Externally assessed
Performance must be after March in the year of completion
May be solo, ensemble or a combination
Component 2: Composing Music 30%
(60 marks)
One composition must either be to a brief relating to the Areas of Study, or a Free composition
Minimum 4 minutes long (40 marks)
One composition from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique. Minimum 1 minute long (20 marks)
Set in April of year of completion.
Externally assessed
Total minimum time across both compositions is 6 minutes
Component 3: Appraising Music 40%
(100 marks)
2 hour written exam paper consisting of two sections
Section A: Set Works  & Dictation
Section B: 2 essay questions. One will draw links between the Areas of Study & Unfamiliar Music, the other will be a choice of questions evaluating a set work
 

Instrumental Lessons

Instrumental lessons at Lincoln Castle Academy are thriving!

Students have the opportunity to take individual instrumental lessons provided at the most competitive prices in Lincolnshire! Tuition is currently offered for: Voice, violin, cello, flute, clarinet, saxophone, piano, trumpet, trombone, drum kit, guitar and bass guitar. All students learning an instrument will have the opportunity to take ABRSM, LCM, Rockschool or Trinity examinations. These opportunities are available to all students regardless of their financial situation.

Extra Curricular

Students are encouraged to develop their individual interests and skills beyond the classroom. A wide range of activities are offered during lunch times and after school including Music Theory Club, LCA Singers, Guitar Club, Rock Band and Wind Band.

The Music department is also available every break time, before school and after school for students to use the equipment and practise the skills learnt in their music lessons.

There are numerous concerts and productions throughout the school year for students to be involved in. Each year, the department produces a Christmas concert in December and a Spring concert in March and members of LCA Singers often compete in the annual Lincoln Music and Drama Festival. In May, students have the opportunity to take part in the Music Showcase- the Academy’s annual singing competition and the Music department also supports the Academy’s productions which are staged annually, performing favourites such as The Fiddler on the Roof, The Sound of MusicLittle Shop of Horrors and The Wizard of Oz.

 

Our Ethos and Values

At Lincoln Castle Academy, we value:

Hard work, perseverance and academic excellence

The development of character, compassion and responsible citizenship

Ourselves, each other and boundless ambition