Dance styles from around the world from street dance, Capoeira, contemporary, salsa and Bollywood
Dance Actions and Literacy.
Preparation for the Summer Dance Show
Using a stimulus and modern dance
Gangs, impact and culture
Commercial Dance and the developments
Romeo and Juliet
Puppets - Using action words, choreographic devices and dance structures
Dance Appreciation using Christopher Bruce, Swansong
Dance is a powerful and empowering form of non-verbal communication and it is both physical and expressive, which makes it similar to and different from other art forms and physical activities. Dance develops creative, imaginative, physical, emotional and intellectual capacities.
How is the Dance GCSE course assessed?
Component 1: Performance and choreography = 60% of GCSE
Performance - 30% of GCSE
• Set phrases through a solo performance (approximately one minute in duration)
• Duet/trio performance (three and a half minutes in duration)
Choreography - 30% of GCSE
• Solo or group choreography – a solo (two to two and a half minutes) or a group
dance for two to five dancers (three to three and a half minutes)
Component 2: Dance appreciation (written exam) = 40%
Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes / 80 marks
• Knowledge and understanding of choreographic processes and performing skills.
Be able to write/evaluate this process.
• Critical appreciation of your own dance works
• Critical appreciation of professional works. This involves looking at a series of dance works from professional choreographies and writing about the choreographic intent to use accompaniment and costumes.
Component 1 is internally assessed and videos of all performances are sent off for external moderation.
Component 1: Understanding Drama
- Knowledge and understanding of drama and theatre
- Study of one set play from a choice of six
- Analysis and evaluation of the work of live theatre makers
How it's assessed
- Written exam: 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Open book
- 80 marks
- 40% of GCSE
- Section A: multiple choice (4 marks)
- Section B: four questions on a given extract from the set play chosen (44 marks)
- Section C: one question (from a choice) on the work of theatre makers in a single live theatre production (32 marks)
Component 2: Devising drama (practical)
- Process of creating devised drama
- Performance of devised drama (students may contribute as performer or designer)
- Analysis and evaluation of own work
How it's assessed
- Devising log (60 marks)
- Devised performance (20 marks)
- 80 marks in total
- 40% of GCSE
This component is marked by teachers and moderated by AQA.
Component 3: Texts in practice (practical)
- Performance of two extracts from one play (students may contribute as performer or designer)
Free choice of play but it must contrast with the set play chosen for Component 1
How it's assessed
- Performance of Extract 1 (20 marks) and Extract 2 (20 marks)
- 40 marks in total
- 20% of GCSE
This component is marked by AQA.
Personal Attributes Required
You need to be confident with performing in front of an audience. You should have an enjoyment for the subject and have a knowledge of the skills and techniques for Drama. You have been using these in year 9 already. You need to work hard and work well with others.
Experimental music- percussive music and graffic scores
Music theory - rhythm writing
Band skills Ukulele, keyboard and guitar chords and singing
Instruments of the orchestra/programme music
Rhythms around the world
Music in advertising
Instrumental group skills
Blues and jazz
Opera versus musicals
World dance music
Rhythm, bass and background
Instrumental group skills
History of pop music
Film music and soundtracks
Country, reggae and blues
All topics have listening tasks. This involves students listening to different genres and comment on the use of instruments, tonality, dynamics, pitch and texture.
Students are also required to perform, where they are given music to rehearse on either ukuleles, keyboards, guitars or bass and then play a specified piece.
Finally, students are given a genre or style of music to compose their own creation and then perform.
Why Should I choose GCSE Music?
You should choose Music at Key Stage 4 if you enjoy performing and experimenting with sound. The composing, listening and performing assessments in year 7 and 8 were just a taster of what is expected studying music at Key Stage 4.
How will I be examined?
The GCSE Course is following the AQA Syllabus which is assessed in 3 sections:-
Component 1: Understanding Music
The exam has listening exercises and written questions using excerpts of music and is 1 hour and 30 minutes. Worth 40% of the overall grade.
The areas of study provide an appropriate focus for students to appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language. Students must be able to listen attentively to unfamiliar music from all four areas of study to identify and accurately describe musical elements, musical contexts and use musical language (including staff notation).
There are four areas of study:
1 Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910
2 Popular music
3 Traditional music
4 Western classical tradition since 1910.
Component 2: Performing music
There will be 2 performances with a minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required.
What will I perform?
One performance must be as a soloist and one piece must be as part of an ensemble lasting a combined minimum of four minutes. The performance as part of an ensemble must last for a minimum of one minute. Repertoire will be determined by the student and teacher. It need not reference an area of study and can be in any chosen style or genre
Component 3: Composing
Total duration of compositions: minimum of 3 minutes. This will be internally assessed and externally moderated. Worth 30% of the overall qualiﬁcation
What will I compose?
Two compostions, one of which must be in response to a brief set by AQA. The second composition is a free composition for which learners set their own brief. Compositions can be composed in any style or genre to best reflect the skills, strengths and interests of the individual students. Both compositions must be assessed on the student’s ability to demonstrate:
• creative and effective selection and use of musical elements
• appropriate selection and use of musical elements (to the compositional intention)
• technical and expressive control in the use of musical elements.
How is the Music course taught?
Lessons will involve individual and group work, performing, theory, composi on, listening and music research.
Personal Attributes Required:
You need to be able to sing or play an instrument to a reasonable standard. If you do not already play an instrument you must be keen to learn one. The music department provide instrument/ vocal lessons on a range of instruments which you MUST attend as a GCSE student. You need to work hard and work well with others. You will be expected to contribute to the ensemble steel band.
How will Music help me for the future?
Taking music as an op on shows employers that you have a wider range of interests and skills than most. It proves that you have shown dedication and commitment to learn a musical instrument and to study music. Furthermore it shows you are a Teamworker- an essential aspect in most employment. Music GCSE is hard work, but equally one of the most enjoyable subjects to learn and succeed in.
There is an expectation that students will complete a range of written and research tasks throughout the course. Students will also be expected to rehearse their chosen instrument or voice on a weekly basis and attend additional performance sessions and rehearsals when necessary. It is also expected that those who choose to sing as their ‘performance’ instrument will join choir which will aid their musical ear training as well as giving multiple choices of repertoire for the ﬁnal performance examination.
If you need any more information please speak to Miss Stevenson.