Music

Years 7, 8, and 9

Girls have a one hour long classroom lesson each week, focusing on practical participation, exploration and appreciation of music, developing confidence, and awareness of the IB Learner Profile and the Round Square IDEALS.  Students improve their knowledge of the elements of music, and gain a deeper understanding of the concepts of music through analysis, listening, research, performing and composing a wide variety of music.  Girls are exposed to everything from Elvis to Pachelbel’s Canon.

Classroom RecitalYears 10 and 11: GCSE

Music GCSE (graded 9-1) includes analysis of eight set works from different musical periods and cultures including; musicals, film music, classical hits, pop and world music.  Use and understanding of the musical elements, historical contexts and musical vocabulary are developed through analysis, composing and performing.  The development of performing and composing skills represents 60% of the total examination mark.  Assessment consists of a listening and appraising written paper based on the set works studied, and submission of performance and composition work recorded in the second term of Year 11.  It is recommended students hold a minimum of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Grade 3 or equivalent in order to fully access the Music GCSE curriculum.

Sixth Form: International Baccalaureate

Music can be taken at both Standard and Higher Level in the IB Diploma Programme at Cobham Hall.  Higher Level students have five lessons of one hour each, while those taking Standard Level have three one hour lessons each week.

The course includes in-depth analysis of two large-scale set works, and develops skills for unseen musical analysis from any period or culture.  There is also a 2000-word musical links investigation on two contrasting musical cultures of the students’ own choice.  Assessment consists of a listening and appraising written paper based on the set works and several unseen musical works, and submission of performance and/or composition work recorded throughout the duration of the course.  It is very strongly recommended that students hold a minimum of ABRSM (Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music) Grade 5 or equivalent in order to fully access Music at IB level, particularly at Higher Level.

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