Music

Music is a profound and important part of any child’s education, and the skills learned and experience gained through their learning will affect and improve their abilities in many areas of their lives. For example it has been well documented that music stimulates the brain, encourages both physical and emotional responses, relieves stress and increases a child’s attention span. Learning how to play and perform on an instrument is an important life skill as it builds confidence, self-reliance and self discipline – so we endeavour to offer as many opportunities as possible for our students to do so at Torquay Academy.

“Music education gives you have a better understanding of yourself. Your understanding of art and the world, and how you can think and express yourself, are enhanced. The horizons are higher when you are involved in music.” Dr. Eric Rasmussen, chair of the Early Childhood Music Department at the Peabody Preparatory of The Johns Hopkins University.

 

Year 7

All students study music for one lesson per fortnight.  During each fortnight they will be set one homework.  Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Quarter 1 Rhythm & Metre
Quarter 2 Medieval Music
Quarter 3 World Music
Quarter 4 Heros & Villains

Year 8

All students study music for 2 lessons per fortnight.  During each fortnight they will be set one homework.  Progress is formally examined at the end of each nine week Teaching and Learning Quarter.
Quarter 1 Four Chord Songs
Quarter 2 Blues Music
Quarter 3 Popular Song
Quarter 4 The Live Lounge

Year 9

NCFE Music Performance

Students have the option of  following the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance course or  BTEC Music Technology.     Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Working & Developing as an Ensemble
Quarter 2 Prepare & Perform
Quarter 3 Developing Skills for Performance
Quarter 4 Performance Production in Practice

BTEC Music Technology

LC 1 Dance Music
LC 2 Creating Sound for Advertising
LC 3 Multi track Recording
LC 4 Live Sound Techniques

 Year 10

NCFE Music Performance

Students  follow the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance course or BTEC Music Technology. Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Working & Developing as an Ensemble 2
Quarter 2 Prepare & Perform 2
Quarter 3 Developing Skills for Performance 2
Quarter 4 Performance Production in Practice 2

BTEC Music Technology

LC 1 Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing
LC 2 Unit 2: Managing a Music Product
LC 3 Unit 1: The Music Industry
LC 4 Unit 1: The Music Industry

Year 11

NCFE Music Performance

Students follow the NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Creative Studies: Performance course or BTEC Music Technology. Students have 5 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Prepare & Perform 3
Quarter 2 Developing Skills for Performance 3
Quarter 3 Performance Production in Practice 3
Quarter 4 Optional unit 1/3 retakes

BTEC Music Technology

LC 1 Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing 2
LC 2 Unit 2: Managing a Music Product 2
LC 3 Unit 1: The Music Industry 2
LC 4 Unit 1: The Music Industry 2

Year 12

Students follow the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance) course.  It is examined by Edexcel.  Students have 8 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Unit 40: Working & Developing as a Musical Ensemble
Quarter 2 Unit 33: Session Musician
Quarter 3 Unit 25: Performance Techniques
Quarter 4 Unit 25: Performance Techniques

 BTEC Music Technology

LC 1 Unit 25 Music Production Techniques
LC 2 Unit 29 Live Sound Techniques
LC 3 Unit 24 Music Product
LC 4 Unit 24 Music Product

Year 13

Students follow the BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music (Performance) course.  It is examined by Edexcel.  Students have 8 lessons per fortnight and they will receive one piece of homework per week.
Quarter 1 Unit 30: Solo Performance Skills
Quarter 2 Unit 18: Modern Music in Practice
Quarter 3 Unit 16: Music Major Project
Quarter 4

 BTEC Music Technology

LC 1 Unit 9 Delivering a Music Product
LC 2 Unit 17 Marketing and Promotion in the Music Industry
LC 3 Unit 32 Sequencing Systems and Techniques
LC 4