Performing Arts (Music and Drama)
Subject Leader (Music) Miss B Goodship
Subject Leader (Drama) Miss A Damon
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There are a wide variety of musical activities taking place at Bedford Free School; whether that is inside the classroom, extra curricular or elective activities. Currently all of our Key Stage 3 students are having instrumental music lessons in school, and around 15% enjoy lessons with teachers from Music for Bedford Borough.
We are proud to have a school orchestra and choir that perform at wide variety of events. Some of the musical events that our students have participated in recently include:
- Gospel Vocal Workshop – with gospel singer Elaine Simpson
- Upper Schools Mass Choir
- ‘Music for Youth’ Concert – with North Beds Youth Choir
- Christmas Tree Festival – at St Pauls
- Jazz Workshop - with trumpeter Tom Syson
- Recording Session – at SoundGarage
KS3 Curriculum Content
Rhythm, Texture & Pentatyonic Scales
Instruments of the Orchestra
Theme and Variations
Rhythm & Blues
Musical Theatre and song writing
Horror Film Music
Chords & Accompaniments
Music in Advertising
Rock 'n' Roll
KS4 GCSE Music Content
As a department we have chosen to deliver the Edexcel GCSE Music syllabus. The Edexcel GCSE in Music enables students to engage actively in the study of music through many practical activities. It encourages them to develop their musical skills and interests, including the ability to make music individually and in ensembles. It also enables students to understand and appreciate a range of different kinds of music. The course is structured using the following weightings:
Performance (1 Solo and 1 Ensemble) – 30%
Composition (2 Compositions or Arrangements) – 30%
Appraising / Analysing Music – 40%
As part of the appraising and analysing aspect of the course, students will study set works from the following genres and eras:
Music of the 20th Century
Popular Music in Context
Students in Year 7, 8 and 9 have one lesson a week. At this stage there is not only an emphasis on performance and evaluation but on nurturing and encouraging interpersonal skills like communication and team building. During the course students study a number of different disciplines including - Improvisation, Devising, Scripted Performance and Physical Theatre.
As students consider their options in year 9, a written element is introduced and direct links are made with key drama practitioners and genres.
At least one theatre trip is organised for each Key stage per School year, allowing students to see a professional production. Recent trips include The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time, Wicked and Ghost Stories.
The drama department offer three extra curricular performance opportunities a year. Some of our recent productions include The Tempest (part of Battle of the Bard), Winter Spectacular, Heritage and Remote both performed as part of The National Connections Festival.
Key Stage 4 - Drama GCSE - WJEC
Devised Practical Performance (60%). This unit is divided up into 2 tasks:
- TASK ONE – 40% Internally assessed performance (AO1, AO2)
In groups, you will devise a practical performance based on a theme, linked with a practitioner or genre.
- TASK TWO – 20% Devised Performance Report (AO3)
You will complete a written report on the practical work completed in Task One, under formal supervision. You must write about the process of creating your work and reference a live theatre performance that influenced your work.
Performance from a Text (20%)
In groups of 2-5 you will perform a scene from a published play directed by your teacher but managed and rehearsed by yourselves. This will be externally assessed.
For units 1 and 2 students are given the option to use acting skills or theatre design skills.
Written Examination (20%)
You will be assessed on your ability to analyse one set text as an actor, designer and director and to evaluate practical work completed in Unit 2.
The written exam is the same every year so it’s easy to prepare for as the same questions come up!!