Year 9 Options 20/21 - Music

Examination Board:
Course Description:
The course is a practical introduction to life and work in the music industry and is centred around music
performance, composition and careers within music. It builds on learning from key stage 2 and provides a
vocational route through key stage 4.
Students will complete three units of work:
Component 1 – Exploring the Music Industry
Component 2 – Developing Music Skills
Component 3 – Responding to a Music Brief
How will students learn?
Students will explore musical styles and techniques through practical workshops, listening exercises, research,
composing and performing tasks. They will reflect on their progress, set targets and develop skills in chosen
All students will be required to play a musical instrument, and to have instrumental tuition in school or
privately for the duration of the course as well as attend ensemble rehearsals. Students will need to take part
in performances in groups and by themselves to a variety of audiences. Organisation and preparation are key
to this course, as well as the ability to respond positively to feedback.
All students are expected to be ambassadors of music both in and outside of school, regularly taking part in
performances including concert and school productions.
How will the course be assessed?
Three Units:
Component 1 – Exploring the Music Industry Internal Assessment 30%
Component 2 – Developing Music Skills Internal Assessment 30%
Component 3 – Responding to a Music Brief External Assessment 40%
Education Pathways after Year 11:
BTEC Level 3 National Diploma in Performing Arts. This would allow access to degree courses in Performing
Career Routes:
Arts Administration
Entertainment Industry
Holiday Rep
Working with Children
Events Organisation
Working in a theatre