Departments > Music - Cerdd


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Welcome to the Music Department!

Staff
Miss Bethan Walters - Head of Department

Peripatetic Staff

Upper Strings                      Phillipa Roberts

Cello                                  Sian Lowe

Guitar and Double Bass          John Rodge

Woowind                             Chris Gillat

Brass                                  Colin Barrett

Percussion                           Ashley Williams

Voice                                  Sarah Benbow

 

We have a vibrant learning environment where the passion for all things musical is readily obvious.  We aim to involve and open up the world of music to as many students as we can.

Extended Curriculum Music
We offer a range of exciting and challenging enrichment opportunities for students.  Whether students are singers, instrumentalists or just want to get involved and have some fun there is something to suit all tastes.

The Orchestra meets weekly and performs in termly showcases in the school environment and beyond.  There is a community Christmas Carol Concert in school involving the orchestra and choirs, Côr Abergwaun and the award winning Goodwick Brass Band.  We have a jazz band that regularly performs in school and the local community.

In addition, students often play in smaller ensembles and rock bands.  They have achieved considerable success in recent years in school concerts, concerts in the community and in competitions run by the Rotary club and the Valero festival.  Students have numerous opportunities to attend concerts and shows locally and in theatres in Swansea, Cardiff and London.  Opportunities sometimes arise for students to travel abroad with their music making.

The choirs cater for singers of all abilities. They perform regularly to a high standard in school and in the Urdd Eisteddfod at both local and national levels.

Many of our students participate in county and three counties ensembles and a number of our students have represented Ysgol Bro Gwaun in national ensembles in recent years,  performing all over the UK and into Europe.

In collaboration with other departments, we also stage a full scale musical production every Christmas.  Recent productions include 'The Wizard of Oz' in 2008, ‘Hot Mikado’ in 2009 'Fame' in 2010, 'Honk' in 2011, and most recently ‘Les Miserables’ in 2012.   The productions are inclusive from year 7-13 and have involved around a quarter of the students in the school.

Key Stage 3

 

At Key Stage 3, students enjoy six units of work a year.  They learn through the mediums of performing, composing and listening and appraising music and have the opportunity to experience and develop interests in many different genres.

 

They follow six units of work a year which include:

 

Year 7

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Welcome units

Major and minor

Songwriting 1

Jazz

Oh when the Saints

Music in Wales

Caribbean music

 

Year 8

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

The Blues

Amazing Grace

Riffs and hooks/Songwriting 2

Fly me to the moon

Gamelan

African music

 

Year 9

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Rock ‘n Roll

Music for Special Occasions

Ground Bass

Film Music

Music in Wales 2

Stand by me/arranging

 

 

Key Stage 4

 

Music is an option at Key Stage 4 and we follow the WJEC specification.  It is based on four areas of study:

  • Music in Wales
  • Musical Structure
  • Music for Stage & Screen
  • Music Evolution

At the end of the course pupils will be examined in the following components:

Performing (30%)

A solo and ensemble piece will be performed and will be assessed by staff.  A selection of students work will be moderated by a visiting examiner.

Composing (30%)

A coursework folio of 2 compositions created during the course will be marked by the teacher and submitted for moderation. These will be based on one of the four areas of study.

Appraising (40%)

All questions in the listening examination will be based on musical extracts heard on a CD and will relate to the four Areas of Study.

Key Stage 5

Music is again an option at Key Stage 5 and we follow the WJEC specification.  The components of performing, composing and listening and appraising remain a common thread.

AS (3 units)

MU1 Performing (AO1) 15 % External Assessment

Solo and/or ensemble performance

Performance should last between 8 and 10 minutes

One piece should reflect a chosen area of study

Assessed by visiting examiner

MU2 Composing  15% Internal Assessment/Externally moderated

Two contrasting compositions

Compositions should last between 4 and 8 minutes

One composition demonstrating the musical techniques and conventions

   associated with the Western Classical Tradition

One free composition

 

MU3 Appraising (AO3) 20% External Assessment

One listening examination in two parts

Part 1: (12%):1 hour appraising test based on extracts of music (set works) taken from the two Areas of

Study selected for study by the centre

Part 2: (8%): 1 hour aural perception (melodic dictation, keys, chords, cadences) based on unprepared musical extracts.

 

A2 Level

The units of AS level carry forward.  In addition, students study the following three units and choose one of them to study further (20%).

 

Performing 15 % External Assessment

Solo and/or ensemble performance

Performance should last between 10 and 12 minutes

One piece should reflect the area of study “Music in the 20th and

   21st centuries”.

Assessed by visiting examiner

 

Composing 15% Internal Assessment

Two contrasting compositions

Compositions should last between 6 and 10 minutes

One composition demonstrating the musical techniques and conventions

   associated with the Western Classical Tradition (area of study

   continued from AS)

One composition reflecting the area of study “Music in the 20th

   and 21st centuries”.

 

Appraising 15% External Assessment

One written examination in two parts (2¼ hours)

Part 1: (6%): ¾ hour listening examination based on extracts of unfamiliar 20th/21st century music.

Part 2:(9%): 1½ hour listening/written examination requiring

  candidates to analyse a set work and place the work within a broader

  musical perspective

Full details of examination specifications can be found at the following website: http://www.wjec.co.uk/

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Eisteddfod 2012

     

     

     

     

        

 

 

 
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Folk Music - Summer 2012

     

     
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London Trip - July 2012

 

 

 
 


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