Music and Performing Arts

Students at Outwood Academy Easingwold are able to participate in a fully inclusive and practical program of study in Music and Drama. Focusing on a range of techniques such as Physical Theatre, Dialogue, Mime and Devising in Drama, to name just a few, as well as, World Music, Popular Music, Composition and Performance in Music. The aim of the Music and Performing Arts department is to give our students the opportunity to experience a dynamic and diverse curriculum which is fun, engaging and develops the whole student, allowing them to fully explore and exploit their creative minds.

Darren Kenway, Head of Music and Performing Arts
Aimee Fosher, Teacher of Performing Arts

Key Stage 3

The Drama course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the BTEC Tech Award and GCSE Drama courses in Key Stage 4. In year 7 students are able to develop basic skills in Physical Theatre, Dialogue, Script work, Mime, Facial Expression, body Language, Staging, Narration, Thought-Tracking and Characterisation through a focus on existing works and well known practitioners. This allows students to develop their skills in year 8 with a focus on developing these new skills through the introduction of topics, stimuli and scenario. This allows the student to hone their skills and step to the BTEC and GCSE with ease.

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The Music course at Key Stage 3 provides students with the necessary skills and knowledge to access the BTEC Tech Award and GCSE Music courses in Key Stage 4. In year 7 students are able to develop basic skills in Reading Notation, Playing in an Ensemble, World Music, Popular Band Skills and Playing Techniques through a focus on Composition, Listening and Appraising and Performing. This allows students to develop their skills in year 8 with a focus on developing these new skills through the introduction of existing pieces, world fusions and use of technology with our suite of Mac computers. This allows the student to hone their skills and step onto the BTEC and GCSE courses with confidence and ease.

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If you would like further information about the topics and themes being taught please contact: Mr D Kenway d.kenway@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk and Miss A Fosher f.fosher@easingowld.n-yorks.sch.uk

Key Stage 4

BTEC Tech Award Performing Arts

The BTEC Tech award follows three contrasting topics:

1. Naturalism
2. Physical theatre
3. Bertolt Brecht

These topics give the students the opportunity to develop the skills they need and focus on particular practitioners. This leads to a final unit in year 2 where the focus is on them devising their own piece of drama and creating a performance to an audience.

BTEC Tech Award is assessed in the following way:

EDUQAS GCSE Music

The GCSE Music Course is divided into 3 components:

1. Performing Music
2. Composing Music
3. Appraising Music

The students study pieces of music from 4 areas of study, which are:

1. Music Forms and Devices
2. Music for Ensemble
3. Film Music
4. Popular Music

Students will apply the four areas of study to each component to get a rounded and complete knowledge of music.

GCSE Music is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (60%) Examination (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr D Kenway d.kenway@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk and Miss A Fosher f.fosher@easingowld.n-yorks.sch.uk

Key Stage 5

EDUQAS A Level Music

The A Level consists of 3 components which include:

1. Performing
2. Composing
3. Appraising

The areas of study we look at in this subject are as follows:

1. Western Classical Tradition (1750-1900)
2. Rock and Pop
3. Musical Theatre
4. Jazz
5. Into the 20th Century
6. Into the 21st Century (polystylism)

The areas of study have one compulsory (A) and students are then able to focus on to others of their choice.
There are two compulsory set works which are:

1. Symphony 104 in D major ‘London’ Haydn
2. Symphony no.4 in A major ‘Italian’ Mendelssohn

EDUQAS A Level Music is assessed in the following way:
Controlled Assessment (60%) Examination (40%)

If you would like further information about the topics, themes or assessment for this course please contact: Mr D Kenway d.kenway@easingwold.n-yorks.sch.uk and Miss A Fosher f.fosher@easingowld.n-yorks.sch.uk

Enrichment Opportunities for Music and Performing Arts

Please see the current Academy Enrichment Programme Booklet for details of enrichment opportunities in this subject area.