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GCSE MUSIC. Year 10 Information Evening Wed 19 th October 2011 Mrs E Hastings-Clarke Head of Music Ehastings-clarke@sjl.herts.sch.uk. OCR examining board. Four Units How are pupils assessed? Controlled assessment -60% Integrated task Practical portfolio Exam work

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Year 10 Information Evening

Wed 19th October 2011

Mrs E Hastings-Clarke

Head of Music


OCR examining board

Four Units

How are pupils assessed?

Controlled assessment -60%

  • Integrated task

  • Practical portfolio

    Exam work

  • Creative task (45 minutes) – 15%

  • Listening paper – 25%

What does controlled assessment mean in Music?

  • Medium control

  • Limited to 10 hours per composition

  • 4 hours per log/evaluation

  • Under ‘exam’ conditions

  • Bring own headphones to every lesson

  • Cannot take composition work out of lessons

What does controlled assessment mean in Music? cont.

  • But can develop ideas at home, but cannot bring anything written down into lesson

  • Any specific help that is given by teacher must be logged

  • For performances, must be recorded in the presence of teacher ( i.e. Mr Walton or myself)

Integrated Task (Unit ONE B351)

  • A performance (15%)

    • recorded

  • A commentary (5%)

    • Including the brief

    • Written using MS word

    • No more than 400 words

  • A composition (10%)

    • Recorded

  • Any style or genre

  • To show technical control, expression, interpretation

  • Show understanding of typical features of the instrument

  • Recorded as a Solo accompanied either live or by a cd

30% of the GCSE (Controlled Assessment)

  • Context of the piece and the role of their instrument in it

  • Instrumental Techniques used

  • Quality of performance

  • A brief for a composition based on the techniques above

  • For your instrument

  • Can be a solo or as part of a group in which your instrument is the most prominent part

Practical Portfolio (Unit TWO B352)

A group performance (15%)Live performance

A composition (10%) from AOS 2, 3 or 4composition for a group or a piece of dance music

A composition log and evaluation (5%)

a clear brief

A diary of your composition

An evaluation of the success of your work

  • 30% of total GCSE (Controlled Assessment)

When will controlled assessments take place?

  • Composition in a dance style, composition log and evaluation –

    first half term of Spring Term 2012

  • Composition for own instrument –

    first half term of Winter Term 2012

  • Performance 1 (solo) and commentary – June 2012

  • Performance 2 (group) –

    November 2012

What can parents do to help to prepare for controlled assessments?

  • Encourage children to do regular practice

  • Ask them what they are performing and discuss with them what in particular they are practicing to improve etc

  • Encourage small scale composition and improvisation at home as part of regular practice time (also important for Creative Task exam)

  • Ask them to perform to you at home

AoS 1

AoS 2 = Shared Music

AoS 4 = Descriptive Music

AoS 3 = Dance Music

  • AoS 1 covers the work found in Unit 1 (The Integrated Task)

  • AoS 1 = Unit 1 and the creative task

  • Ensembles

  • Orchestral

  • Choral

  • Jazz band

  • Paired dance

    • Waltz

    • Latin – tango/salsa

  • Group

    • Line dancing/ bhangra

  • Improvised

    • Disco/ club dance

  • Programme Music (Classical music that tells a story)

  • Film Music

What can parents do to help?

  • For Listening exam (June 2013)

  • Encourage children to listen to as much different music as possible

  • Have stations such as Classic FM;Radio 3 on in the car/at home etc/via internet/digital radio or through live streaming sites

  • Short and regular exposure to different types of music works best

  • Ask children to comment on what they hear; encourage them to discuss music with you

What can parents do to help? cont.

  • Make cards with keywords on for each topic

  • Play games with the cards e.g how many words on Tango can you name in a minute?

  • Take any opportunities at home, and when on holiday, that may arise to see live music in action

On a weekly basis

  • Pupils set homework once a week, in addition to regular practice on instrument

  • Specific listening homeworks, use Youtube/ live streaming sites etc

  • End of topic tests

  • Half termly performances and assessment

  • Mini composition exercises

  • Attending extra-curricular activities

What websites may help?

  • Use www.bbc.co.uk/orchestras/guide to practice identifying instruments

  • www.philharmonia.co.uk/thesoundexchange/ is also useful for instruments and general context

  • www.bbc.co.uk/schools/gcsebitesize/music/

  • www.bbc.co.uk/radio3/

  • www.classicfm.co.uk/

  • www.jazzfm.com/

Useful study/support guides

  • OCR GCSE Music Study Guide (2nd edition) – Rudland, Galley and Marshall (pub. Rhinegold)

  • GCSE Music, OCR Specification, Areas of Study (pub. CGP)

  • As above, Core Book (useful for those with less music theory knowledge)

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