Subject Leader: Mr C Rochester
Key Stage 4
BTEC Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice
Exam Board: Pearson
The Tech award is broken down into three components.
Exploring Music Products and Styles
Music Skills Development
Responding to a Commercial Music Brief
Pupils will begin by exploring the techniques used in the creation of different musical products and investigate key features of different musical styles and genres. They will then move onto development of two musical disciplines through practical tasks, whilst documenting their progress and planning for future improvements. Before being given the opportunity to develop and present music in response to a given commercial music brief.
Assessment:60% Coursework. 40% External Assessment
Key Stage 5
BTEC Level 3 Extended Certificate in Music Performance
Exam Board: Pearson
Music Performance at Westlands consists of four units. Two internally assessed and two externally assessed.
Practical Music Theory and Harmony
Professional Practice in the Music Industry
Ensemble Music Performance
Music Performance Session Styles
During the first year of study, learners will develop their knowledge and understanding of music theory and harmony, and apply their understanding in practical scenarios. Alongside this learners will work as part of a musical ensemble to develop their skills and techniques in rehearsal and performance.
In the second year of study learners will explore what it is that makes someone a professional in the music industry and how to put a bid forward for work. They will then explore the styles of music encountered in the role of a modern session musician.
Assessment: 2 Internally assessed units and 2 Externally assessed units.
Term 1: Baseline Skills-Singing, Composing and Listening
Term 2: Building Rhythm and Timing
Term 3: Keyboard Skills
Term 4: Form and Structure Term 5: Folk Music
Term 6: Ensemble Performance
Term 1: Hooks and Riffs
Term 2: Reggae
Term 3: Blues
Term 4: Variations of Music Term 5: All About the Bass Term 6: African Music
Year 9 BTEC
Term 1: Dance Music
Term 2: Soundtracks
Term 3: New Directions
Term 4: Computer and Video Game Music Term 5: Songwriting
Term 6: Music Performance
Year 10 BTEC
Term 1 and 2:Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles
Term 3 and 4: Component 1: Exploring Music Products and Styles
Term 5 and 6: Component 2: Music Skills Development
Year 11 BTEC
Term 1 and 2: Component 2: Music Skills Development
Term 3 and 4: Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Brief
Term 5 and 6: Component 3: Responding to a Commercial Brief
Out of School Learning (OSL) and Extra-Curricular Activities
OSL runs on a Friday after school, this will not be every week, but at times where extra support is needed. There are a variety of extra-curricular activities available. With a timetable in the Music Department.
Suggested Revision Guides and Books
Revision guides are created by the music department staff and distributed to pupils on the BTEC course.