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Music

Welcome to the Wimbledon College Music Homepage

Details of our curriculum are found below. Please use the links to right for details of extra-curricular activities and instrumental lessons (including the weekly timetable of lessons).

You can also find photos of concerts and tours as well as details of the Saturday Music School.

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Lower Line

In Years 7-9, Music is studied on a rotational basis.  Pupils will be given opportunities to compose, improvise, and perform music from a broad range of genres and traditions.

Figures Rotation 1

  • Find Your Voice
  • Keyboard skills
  • Harmonising a Melody

Figures Rotation 2

  • Understanding Rhythm 1
  • Composing for Commercials
  • Rock Anthems

Rudiments Rotation 1 

  • Develop Your Voice
  • Developing Keyboard Skills
  • Binary Form Composition

Rudiments Rotation 2 

  • Understanding Rhythm 2
  • Composing for Film
  • Irish Traditional Music

Lower Grammar Rotation 1 

  • Vocal Performance
  • Keyboard Performance
  • Ternary Form Composition

Lower Grammar Rotation 2 

  • Understanding Rhythm 3
  • Compose a Popular Song
  • Fusion Music

Higher Line

GCSE Overview: OCR Specification

Introduction to GCSE Music

  • Listening to and Appraising Music
  • Composing and Arranging
  • Performance

The students will study a range of music covering four distinctive areas.

1. The Concerto through time

  • The origins of the Concerto starting with the Baroque Concerto Grosso.
  • A focus on the classical concerto of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven.
  • Exploring the development of the concerto during the Romantic era.

2. Popular Music from the 1950s to the present day

  • Rock and Roll music of the 1950s and 60s
  • Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 80s
  • Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 80s and 90s
  • Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day

3. Music for Film

  • Music that was composed specifically for film
  • Music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used in a film
  • Music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game

4. World Music

  • A study of the variety of rhythms contained in a range of world music.

Students will also have to perform two pieces on their choice of instrument– one solo and one ensemble. These are worth 30% of the overall mark.

Students will need to compose two pieces of music. These are worth 30% of the overall mark. One of these pieces must be composed for their solo-performance instrument. 

 

Sixth Form

A-Level Music Overview: OCR Specification

Course outline: The course builds on GCSE Music and, as such, is divided between performing music, composing music and appraising a wide range of musical extracts from all periods and styles of music.  All styles of music could be submitted for the performing and composing elements but the listening and appraising paper has more of an emphasis on western art music (classical music).     

The course is centred on the development of:

  • performing skills on one or more instruments
  • composing skills and an understanding of compositional techniques
  • analysing and appraising  music using set works
  • aural and written musical theory skills

Examination/Assessment All students perform a short recital (solo and or/ensemble) and compose an extended piece of music (this done under controlled supervision) as well as complete pastiches of various Baroque and Classical styles.  A written paper in the summer term is based on the study of some set works as well as other related music. 

Performance standards at Grade 7 (ABRSM or equivalent).