Cardinal Heenan

Cardinal Heenan

Catholic High School



Curriculum Leader: Miss T Pendred

Music Curriculum Intent

Music is the universal language of mankind – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
What would the world be without music? It is hard to imagine such a thing. The truth is that we all love music for many different reasons and the value of musical experience is many sided. It offers enjoyment and recreation; emotional satisfaction; opportunities for individual and group activities; and the promotion of creativity and expression. Music helps develop many aspects of a child’s personality, including the intellectual, perceptual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic. We aim to build success into every lesson and extend curricular opportunities for every student. Music education is, however, more than just having experiences or about acquiring a repertoire of skills. It is about developing insightfulness, understanding and quality of mind.

Music GCSE

Course Level: GCSE Exam Board: AQA Course code: 8271

The course aims to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in the three musical activities:
• Listening (40%)
• Performing (30%)
• Composing (30%)

It also aims to develop sensitivity towards music through personal experience by the exercise of imagination and the acquisition of skills and knowledge.

The main aims of the music course are to:
• promote an appreciation, enjoyment and understanding of a wide range of music
• show how and why music has developed from the earliest published music to the styles of today
• develop listening and performing skills and aural awareness
• provide a sound basis for further study and leisure.

What the course covers

There are three components:
Listening - Through listening to a wide range of styles students develop aural awareness, discrimination and analytical skills. They learn to distinguish between instruments and voices heard singly and in various combinations, and will be tested in a final, written examination based on recorded extracts of music.

Performing - Acquiring (or improving existing)
performance skills on the instrument(s) of the student's
choice, including voice, and preparing both solo and
ensemble performances.

Composing - Preparation of two compositions or
arrangements in the form of notation appropriate to the

Component 1: Understanding music 40% of GCSE 1 hour 30 minutes. Examination paper with listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music
Component 2: Performing music 30% of GCSE
Solo and ensemble performances as an instrumentalist and/or vocalist and/or via technology
Component 3: Composing music 30% of GCSE
One composition to a brief plus one free composition

Where the course can lead
The course provides knowledge and skills which will help students to use their leisure time effectively and constructively. It can also lead to GCE A-level and higher education with a view to class teaching, peripatetic and private instrumental teaching and performing.