The Music Department at Hampton College is a lively and inclusive department where all students are encouraged to participate in live music making. We offer students a diverse range of experiences through performing, composing, and listening to different genres of music.
In Year 7 students will study a variety of topics including:
- Voice It
- Rhythm work
- Graphic Scores
- Keyboard Skills
- Band Challenge 1
Students will have the opportunity to experience playing several different instruments throughout Year 7 as well developing their performance ability more generally and their singing skills. Students will be encouraged to listen to a variety of music and compose in various styles too.
Learning continues with a practical focus through Year 8 and topics covered include:
- 12-bar Blues
- Instruments of the Orchestra
- Song Writing 1
- Ground Bass Composition
- Class Ensemble Skills
- Band Challenge 2
Year 8 is all about honing the skills introduced in Year 7 and building on these. Students spend time exploring different musical cultures and systems.
Popular Music forms a large part of our Year 9 curriculum with students developing the practical skills to facilitate more independent learning on a variety of instruments:
- Film Music
- Computer Game Music
- Making Connections
- Song Writing 2
- Band Challenge 3
In Key Stage 4 students follow either the Edexcel GCSE course or the BTEC Level 2 program depending on the learning styles of each cohort.
GCSE Component 1: Performing (30% of the qualification)
- Solo performing
- Ensemble performing
- Approaches to performing
- Students perform for at least four minutes’ combined duration
- Solo performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise one
or more pieces
- Ensemble performance: this must be of at least one minute in duration, and may comprise
one or more pieces
GCSE Component 2: Composing (30% of the qualification)
- Developing musical ideas
- Compositional techniques and strategies
- Ensuring technical control and coherence
- Methods of notating composition scores
- Students compose two compositions, of at least three minutes’ combined duration
- One composition to a brief set by Pearson, of at least one minute in duration.
- One free composition set by the student, of at least one minute in duration.
GCSE Component 3: Appraising (40% of the qualification)
Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
- Musical elements, musical contexts and musical language
- Areas of study:
- Instrumental Music 1700–1820
- Vocal Music
- Music for Stage and Screen
The paper is made up of two sections and is out of a total of 80 marks.
Section A – Areas of study, dictation, and unfamiliar pieces (68 marks)
- Six questions related to six of the eight set works.
- One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
- One question on an unfamiliar piece (skeleton score provided) with questions on its
musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.
Section B – Extended response comparison between a set work and one
unfamiliar piece (12 marks)
- One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.
The eight set works and their areas of study are:
Instrumental Music 1700–1820
- J S Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
- L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’
- H Purcell: Music for a While
- Queen: Killer Queen (from the album ‘Sheer Heart Attack’)
Music for Stage and Screen
- S Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast recording of Wicked)
- J Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope)
- Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: Release’)
- Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album ‘Esperanza’)
Further information can be found on the Edexcel GCSE Music website.
In Key Stage 5 students follow either the Edexcel A-Level course or the BTEC Level 3 program depending on the learning styles of each cohort.
Below is a brief outline of the key components of A-level Music:
A-Level Component 1: Performing (30% of the qualification)
- Approaches to performing
- A public performance of one or more pieces, performed as a recital.
- Performance can be playing or singing solo, in an ensemble, improvising, or realising music using music technology.
- The total performance time across all pieces must be a minimum of 8 minutes.
- Performances must be recorded after 1 March in the year of certification and all materials for assessment submitted to arrive by 15 May in the year of certification.
A-Level Component 2: Composing (30% of the qualification)
- Approaches to composing
- Total of two compositions, one to a brief set by Pearson and one either free composition or also to a brief.
- One composition must be from either a list of briefs related to the areas of study, or a free composition, carrying 40 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 4 minutes in duration.
- One composition must be from a list of briefs assessing compositional technique, carrying 20 marks for this component. This composition must be at least 1 minute in duration, unless the brief specifies a longer minimum duration.
- Total time across both submissions must be a minimum of 6 minutes.
A-Level Component 3: Appraising (40% of the qualification)
Written examination: 2 hours
- Knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.
- Application of knowledge through the context of six areas of study, each with three set works.
- Vocal Music,
- Instrumental Music,
- Music for Film,
- Popular Music and Jazz,
- New Directions.
- Application of knowledge to unfamiliar works.
- The areas of study are: Vocal Music, Instrumental Music, Music for Film, Popular Music and
Jazz, Fusions, New Directions.
- One written paper of 2 hours.
- This paper comprises two sections: A and B.
Section A: Areas of study and dictation (50 marks)
- Three questions related to the set works (audio and skeleton score provided).
- One short melody/rhythm completion exercise.
Section B: Extended response
- Two essay questions
- Essay one asks students to draw links from their study of the set works to the music heard as an unfamiliar extract.
- Essay two gives a choice of three questions that ask students to evaluate the musical elements, context and language of one set work. Each option will be from a different area of study.
Overview of the areas of study and set works:
- J. S. Bach, Cantata, Ein feste Burg
- Mozart, The Magic Flute
- Vaughan Williams, On Wenlock Edge
- Vivaldi, Concerto in D minor, Op. 3 No. 11
- Clara Wieck-Schumann, Piano Trio in G minor, Op. 17: movement 1
- Berlioz, Symphonie Fantastique
Music for Film
- Danny Elfman, Batman Returns
- Rachel Portman, The Duchess
- Bernard Herrmann, Psycho
Popular Music and Jazz
- Courtney Pine, Back in the Day
- Kate Bush, Hounds of Love
- Beatles, Revolver
- Debussy, Estampes
- Familia Valera Miranda, Caña Quema
- Anoushka Shankar, Breathing Under Water
- Cage, Three Dances for Two Prepared Pianos
- Kaija Saariaho, Petals for Violoncello and Live Electronics
- Stravinsky, The Rite of Spring
Further information can be found on the Edexcel A-level Music Website.
Below is a brief outline of some of the units you can expect from the BTEC Level 3 music course:
Unit 6 – Solo Performance
60GLH – Internal
- Exploring skills required for solos
- Developing skills for a performance
- Carrying out the performance
Unit 3 – Ensemble Music Performance
120GLH – External
- Skills needed for rehearsals and ensemble performance
- How to interpret an original musical piece
- Contributing to an ensemble during rehearsal and performance
- Reflect and make connections – responding, planning, rehearsing
Unit 1 – Theory & Harmony
90GLH – Internal
- Examine signs and symbols
- Explore application of melodic comp.
- Explore chords and cadences
- Produce musical notation
Unit 2 – Professional Practice in the Music Industry
90GLH – External
- Understanding importance of professional practice
- Operational requirements relevant to specific organisations
- Applying the skills required
- Evaluating the skills needed for roles in the music industry
Further information can be found on the Pearson BTEC Level 3 Website.
The Music Department is always very busy. The department runs a variety of ensembles including:
- Hampton College Orchestra / Instrumental Group
- Hampton Voices – mixed choir
- Female Vocals
- Boys Choir
- Rock Bands
- Show band (for the annual musical production(=)
- Music Technology
- African/Samba Drumming
Groups usually rehearse weekly during lunchtime or after school. Copies of the extra-curricular timetable will be displayed around the Music Department and school. All students are welcome to attend regardless of year group or ability with some older students taking on leadership roles within certain ensembles.
If there is a group that you would like to run that doesn’t already exist then please just ask.
The Music Department also has several peripatetic instrumental teachers offering tuition on almost every instrument:
- Drum kit
For further information on instrumental lessons please contact Mr Copping or pick up a letter from Main Reception.