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Music at Oaks Park aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop the skills to compose, and to listen with discrimination and perform with passion.

Oaks Park High School music department has first-rate facilities that allow students to have a full musical experience. The study of music has many recognized benefits in the cognitive and emotional development of children during their studies across all subjects

We are delighted to be able to offer a wide variety for lunchtime and after-school clubs for all musical tastes and abilities. Individual students and ensembles will have opportunities to perform at school events and during assemblies Practice rooms are available for rehearsals during break and lunchtime.

Music tuition is provided by music teachers from the Redbridge Music Service and teachers employed directly by Oaks Park School. We are able to provide tuition in a wide variety of instruments.

Students receiving instrumental tuition through the school are encouraged to take part in at least one activity relevant to their instrument and grade. 

Appication for One-to-One Music Lessons 

KS3

Year 7

Performing

Composing

Listening & Appraising

  • Baseline assessment in performing.

  • Sight-reading music

  • Introduction to keyboards.

  • Learning notation and note values through playing.

  • Perform and notate simple syncopated rhythms

  • Keyboard performance of famous composers themes.

  • Play a selection of orchestral instruments

  • Learn scales

  • Perform in ensembles.

  • Chords on a ukulele.

  • Improvisation.

  • Baseline assessment in composing.

  • Introduction to the Orchestra

  • Learning notation/note values through composing

Instruments of the orchestra

  • Learn about the families of the orchestra

  • To see, hear, To Treble Clef notation and note values

Pachelbel’s Canon

  • To understand the importance of staff notation

  • To read simple rhythms and notation from sheet music

  • To develop keyboard skills and identify notes on the keyboard

African Drumming

  • Call and response in African music 

  • Compose a percussion piece using the influences of African drumming

  • Understand the term polyrhythm syncopation and learn how to read from a grid.

  • Baseline assessment in  listening and appraising.

  • Introduction to the 8 Elements of Music.

  • Learning notation & note values through listening

  • Aural perception of music by famous composers e.g John Williams.

  • Aural recognition of instruments/sonorities

  • Aural recognition of  the characteristics from different genres. 

  • Listen to musical excerpts and recognise the sound of specific orchestral instruments

Year 8 

Performing

Composing

Listening & Appraising

  • Performing a 12 bar blues
  • Learning improvisation using a blues scale
  • Perform music in a musical futures style band
  • Band cover performance of pop song by a current renowned musician
  • Learn techniques specifically associated with film music
  • Perform a recognisable theme from a thriller film
  • Perform consonant and dissonant intervals
  • Listening and appraising of reggae styles 
  • Performance of ‘Three Little Birds’ by Bob Marley (Voice, Drum kit, Guitar, Keyboard & Bass guitar)
  • Performing popular classics
  • Remixing a classical song into a composition using music software or as a band in groups
  • Understanding the structure of a 12 bar blues
  • Learning improvisation using a blues scale
  • The structure of popular songs
  • Composing chord progressions on the keyboard
  • Understanding chord charts
  • Understanding guitar or bass tablature
  • Scoring drum patterns
  • Understand and recognise  techniques used in film music of the thriller genre
  • Compose a soundtrack for a given clip of film.
  • Compose using relevant intervals
  • Music sequencing using music technology
  • Instrumental techniques
  • Chords
  • Riffs
  • Drum patterns
  • Remixing a classical song into a composition using music software or as a band in groups
  • Historical background of the evolution of Blues music
  • Understanding the structure of a 12 bar blues
  • The role of Pop Music in society
  • Aural Perception of Popular Songs 
  • Aurally recognise techniques used in film music of the thriller genre
  • Appraise the use of musical elements in film music
  • Listen and identify dissonant and consonant  intervals
  • Studying the history, evolution and culture of reggae music
  • Through listening, identify the differences of reggae subgenres
  • Learning reggae musical terms
  • Studying famous classical composers such as Beethoven, Bach and Mozart and their compositions
  • Listening and identifying  the composer's techniques

How parents can support?
Parents can support their children in KS3 music in the following ways:

Encouraging them to listen to a wide variety of musical styles at home
Supporting their child in daily individual practice of an instrument if they are having instrumental lessons.
Ensuring their child regularly attends their instrumental lessons each week where relevant.
Encouraging their child to partake in school extracurricular activities within the music department.
Ensuring that Home Learning is completed and to a high standard.
Ensuring their child is fully prepared for music lessons with their own headphones and basic equipment.
Using www.musicteacher.com for fun music theory games and quizzes.

KS4 GCSE Music

Course 

GCSE Music

Examining Board

EDUQAS WJEC

Why study this subject?

GCSE Music is designed to offer students the opportunity to develop their skill, knowledge and understanding in performing, composing and appraising music. There are four areas of study to provide a broad range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

 

Students will enjoy a practical based course full of opportunities to express their own identities through the music that they choose to perform and compose. There are plenty of opportunities for collaborative work, including ensemble performances in school concerts and assemblies, offer students the chance to build their confidence and develop leadership skills.

Component 1

Performance

Students will perform two pieces, one solo and one ensemble piece.

You may perform on any instrument (including voice) and the combined duration of performances must be at least 4-6 minutes. One of the pieces must be linked to an area of study and the other piece will be the learners’ choice.

Component 2

Composition

Students will compose 2 pieces of music:

One free composition and one composition based on a set brief released by the exam board.

Compositions can be written for any instrument(s), including use of music technology and in any style.

Component 3

Listening and Appraising

In the final exam, students will answer questions from a listening exam. There will be eight questions in total, two on each of the four areas of study set out below:

  • Musical Forms and Devices
  • Music for Ensembles
  • Film Music
  • Popular Music

Two of the eight questions are based on extracts called setworks that are set by the exam board WJEC Eduqas and will be studied during the GCSE course.

 

Assessment

Component 1 - Performance coursework (weighting 30%)
Component 2 - Composition coursework (weighting 30%)
Component 3 - Listening and Appraising Exam (weighting 40%)

Next steps - Careers/HE courses

 

Further study
Music compliments other subjects like maths, science, english and drama.
This qualification will allow you to progress on to further study in: A levels, Level 3 BTEC, BTEC Nationals (in Music, Music Performance or Music Technology) or a mixture of both and higher education courses such as degrees in; Music, Popular Music, Music Technology and Music Business.

 

Careers
The Performing Arts offer a wide range of career opportunities which include:
Musician, Composer, Sound Technician, Music Production,
Music Business, Band Management, Music Journalism,
Music Therapy, Teaching and many more careers.
The creative industries are vibrant, exciting and highly competitive. In 2015 the Performing Arts sector contributed £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy.

KS4 Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Performing Arts

Course 

Level 1/2 Vocational Award in Performing Arts

Examining Board

EDUQAS WJEC

Why study this subject?

The Vocational Award in Performing Arts is a great choice for students who are  looking for a practical qualification that has no no exams! 

This vocational course provides students with opportunities to link education and the world of work in an engaging and relevant way. 

It will prepare the learner for employment in a practical manner through projects (coursework).

Unit 1

 PERFORMING 30% (internally assessed)
Students will research, rehearse and perform an existing piece of work between 3 and 6 minutes long. Learners will develop the skills and techniques to produce a successful performance in response to a brief.

Unit 2

CREATING 30% (internally assessed)
Students will create an original music composition, or music technology composition. This must be at least 3 minutes long and no longer than 10 minutes. Learners will develop the skills and techniques needed to produce a successful composition in response to a brief.

Unit 3

PERFORMING ARTS IN PRACTICE 40% (externally assessed)
Students will complete a series of tasks in response to an industry commission requiring you to propose an original creative work in response to a brief for an event. You will create a plan and consider how your event might be marketed.

Assessment

This course is 100% project work, there are no exams.  You will undertake a project in response to a brief in all the units of work. You will be given a scenario and will complete a number of tasks.

Next steps - Careers/HE courses

 

Further study

Music compliments other subjects like maths, science, english and drama.

This qualification will allow you to progress on to further study in: A levels, Level 3 BTEC, BTEC Nationals (in Music, Music Performance or Music Technology) or a mixture of both and higher education courses such as degrees in; Music, Popular Music, Music Technology and Music Business. 


Careers

The Performing Arts offer a wide range of career opportunities which include: 

  • Musician, Composer, Sound Technician, Music Production, 
  • Music Business, Band Management, Music Journalism, 
  • Music Therapy, Teaching and many more careers. 

The creative industries are vibrant, exciting and highly competitive. In 2015 the Performing Arts sector contributed £5.4 billion a year to the UK economy.

KS5

Course 

BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music Performance 

Examining Board

EDEXCEL

Why study this subject?

 The BTEC National Extended Certificate in Music Performance is designed to provide learners with a good introduction to the music industry sector with a focus on performance including musical skills development and professional practice.

The qualification covers a variety of practical music making skills such as solo and ensemble performance in a live setting as well as the opportunities to study music theory and harmony, music business and sound engineering and recording

Unit 1

 Practical music theory and harmony (25%)

Unit 2

Professional practise in the music industry (25%)

Unit 3

Ensemble music performance (33%)

Unit 4

One optional unit - students can choose one of
Composing music
Music performance session styles
Solo performance
Improvising music

Assessment

Students will be assessed solely on coursework produced throughout the 2 year course. There are three mandatory units, one is assessed internally and two are assessed externally. The optional unit will be internally assessed and moderated. 

 

Teaching will take place in whole group sessions and studio time will be allocated as the course dictates.

Next steps - Careers/HE courses

 

The qualification is equivalent to one A level grade and can lead into either a level 4 or 5 Higher National Certificate or diploma in Music or provide the points required to allow access to Higher Education degree courses and foundation degree courses.

 

Possible employment prospects include various roles in the music industry such as; musician, performer (singer or rapping artist), music management, music businesses (marketing), musical director, composer, producer, teaching and many more.