Coloma Convent Girls' School

Coloma C.G.S.

A Voluntary Aided Catholic School for Girls aged 11-18

Welcome to the Music & Performing Arts Department

General Aims and Objectives

Welcome to the Music and Performing Arts Department. This page is about our academic curriculum at Key Stages 3, 4 & 5. For information about the musical life at Coloma, including the extra-curricular choirs and ensembles, please click here.

Curriculum Content

Key Stage Five

AS Level Music - EDEXCEL Code: 8MU0 - Specifications
A2 Level Music - WJEC Code: 2301 - Specifications

Candidates should have Grade 5 theory before embarking on the course. In exceptional circumstances they may be permitted to sit the Grade 5 Theory examination in November of Year 12.

Course Content - What will I study?

AS Level Music

In Year 12 students cover 3 modules:

  • Performing (as a soloist and within an ensemble).
  • Developing musical ideas (studying techniques and producing 2 compositions).
  • Listening and understanding - One listening paper based on the history of Music from 1700-1900, a second listening paper based on 6 specific works from the same time frame.
A2 Level Music

This is made up of a further 3 modules:

  • Performing (Recital) - 30%.
  • Composing (producing two further compositions that are more challenging in length and depth) - 30%.
  • Analysing Music (1 listening Test on 20th century music and 1 Paper based on one set work which is studied in detail and placed in context) - 30%.

There is then the opportunity to make up the final 10% of the mark by more performing OR composing OR listening - whichever is felt to be their strength.

AS & A2 Music Technology - EDEXCEL Code: 9MT0 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The students will learn:

  • To produce high quality multi-track recordings in the recording studio.
  • To set up a studio session.
  • How different pieces of recording equipment work.
  • To realise a piece of music using sequencing skills.
  • To control a piece of sequencing software.
  • To develop creativity through composing and arranging tasks.
  • To analyse and recognise different styles of music and how technology has been used to produce different pieces of music.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

AS Level (all externally assessed)

Students will complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1.

  • Sequenced Realised Performance: Students will realise a piece of popular music through use of sequencing software.
  • Multi-track recording: Students will produce a high quality multi-track recording of a piece of existing music.
  • Creative Sequenced Arrangement: Students will arrange a set piece of music into the style of a given popular genre.

In addition there will be a listening examination where students will identify styles of music and recording techniques.

A2 Level (all externally assessed)

Students will complete three tasks which together make the Music Technology Portfolio 1.

  • Sequenced Integrated Performance: Students will realise a piece of popular music through use of sequencing software and recording techniques.
  • Multi-track recording: Students will produce a high quality multi-track recording of a piece of existing music.
  • Composing using Music Technology: Students will compose a piece of music to meet the requirements of a brief, using technological processes.

In addition there will be a written examination where students will be tested on their ability to manipulate recorded music.

AS Level Performing Arts - EDEXCEL Code: 8MU0 - Specifications
A2 Level Performing Arts - EDEXCEL Code: 8781 - Specifications

Course Content - What will I study?

The Performing Arts AS level consists of three units, of which two are assessed by coursework portfolios and one by a practical performance. At A2 Level there are again three units, although at this level a total of 50% of the mark is based on practical performances.

During the course you will learn more about all aspects of the performing arts, and focus on your own particular skills. You will document this skills development through your first AS portfolio. Unit 2 requires you to organise every aspect of an event, for example a year 7 talent show or a Christmas concert. You will include all the paperwork associated with this performance in your second portfolio.

There is also a showcase performance to a commission set by the board. You will develop your ideas and perform for a visiting examiner who will award you a mark for unit three based on your performance skills and your ability to communicate with the audience.

How will my progress be tested and examined?

  • Assessment through two portfolios of coursework - 67%.
  • Externally assessed performance - 33%.

Progression - How will the study of Music and Performing Arts benefit students’ future education and career?

Music
  • Music is very valuable in many careers.
  • Naturally many students want to pursue a career in music for its own sake through performing, teaching, music therapy, music publishing.
  • It is useful in any general teaching and in careers in drama or the arts.
  • Music builds poise, confidence and co-ordination and is therefore of great benefit in any career.
  • It is said that music enhances general skills and the ability to learn and acquire new knowledge in any field.
  • Those who study Music learn to work with a team and yet be independent enough to perform well on their own.
  • These are vital skills for the Development of any student and equip them well for the future.
Performing Arts
  • This is a general course that gives you a broad understanding of the Performance industry while developing your own personal performance for any specialist Performance Arts course at Level 3, in particular, the ‘A’ Level in ‘Applied Performing Arts’.
  • Performing Arts is very valuable for a variety of careers in the Arts. The course covers a range of skills which could easily lead to careers in, for example, theatre management, front of house, makeup, design, lighting, etc, in addition to the performance opportunities.