Music is an integral part of life at Stover. Over the years, many very talented musicians have been educated here and their legacy lives on through our activities across the entire school year. We encourage all pupils to develop their musical abilities and become confident performers.
Music is taught at GCSE and at A Level and we also prepare pupils for music theory and practical examinations. It is rare to walk through the school without hearing the sound of music somewhere and pupils have access to practice rooms and recording equipment during the day and in the evenings.
Pupils are encouraged to play an instrument and be involved in the school orchestra, wind and string chamber music, rock and pop bands and various other small instrumental ensembles. Individual lessons are available in all orchestral instruments and we have a team of excellent teachers who visit the school throughout the week to incorporate music lessons into the school day.
Throughout the year there are opportunities to perform in public. We have a busy and varied programme of concerts, not only in school but also in the local community and our services are often in demand at local events around Devon.
We have three school choirs, run by our accomplished singing teacher, who also offers individual singing lessons. The choirs are often asked to sing outside school for weddings, concerts and VIP visits. We also compete very successfully in local music competitions.
The choir recently visited Paris and were able to give a concert on the stage at the Euro Disney resort, and the choir and chamber orchestra were invited to Brussels where they performed in the Cathedral there, which was a fantastic opportunity for our pupils.
Examination Board: Edexcel Specification code: 2MU01
Unit 1 - Performance (30%)
This paper consists of two performances which are completed during the final year of the course. One performance should be a solo piece (with or without piano accompaniment) and one an ensemble performance. If candidates chose to perform using technology then the solo will be a sequenced performance on computer, and the ensemble performance will be a multi-track recording.
Performances are Teacher assessed, recorded and sent to the exam board for moderation.
Unit 2 - Composing Music (30%)
Candidates submit their best two compositions written over the course for assessment and moderation. These may be original compositions or arrangements of other music. Composition is computer based using Sibelius software.
Unit 3 - Listening and Appraising (40%)
A 1 hour 30 minute paper on questions based on the set works for the year. Section A relates to recordings on a CD and section B is an essay from a choice of 2.
The four areas of study for 2011/12 are:
Western Classical music 1600-1899
Music in the 20th Century
Popular Music in Context
There are no fixed entry requirements and a number of the topics have been introduced in Years 8 and 9 class music lessons. If you choose to perform on an instrument or to sing you should aim for a grade 4-5 standard by the end of the course to do well in the performing, however if you may choose the technology option which does not require you to play or sing for the final exam. You should have a reasonable amount of computer literacy to do the composition side of the course. Although the theory required is covered during the course, if you have worked towards an Associated Board theory exam, you will be in a stronger position.
Mr J Tizzard BA (Hons)