September

If you have not yet seen the instructions of our full return in September, please visit the Letters and Presentations section where you will find all of the information recently sent to parents/carers and students. Please note Y7 and 12 will start on Thursday 3rd September, with all years joining us on Friday 4th. Individual school photographs will be taken on these days.

Results Days

Information about our Results Days is also available here. To access the Google Forms as a WKGS student, please ensure that you have logged in to your school account at www.google.co.uk before opening the link to the form.

Head of Department
Mrs J Williams
Summer Work 2020
Entry Requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE Music or a minimum of Grade 5 instrumental/vocal exam plus Grade 5 theory.

Exam Board

AQA

Why Choose Music?

Music is regarded by the top universities as a rigorous A-level as it covers a wide range of skills over the course. These include studying the historical context of various styles of music and the inherent traditions of the era; being able to read notation fluently enough to be able to analyse a musical score; using a wide range of technical vocabulary to describe musical features; the self discipline required to progress on an instrument through independent practice; manual dexterity and not forgetting a passion for playing and listening to a wide range of music.

You should enjoy playing or singing – especially in a group, as this enhances your ensemble skills. You should be prepared to embrace new styles of music, new concepts and be able to appreciate the technicalities of creativity in terms of structure and devices used by composers of all genres. 

What is Involved?

You will study one compulsory area of study: Western Classical tradition 1650-1910. This involves becoming very familiar with the music aurally, analysing the score and learning about the historical context. There is a written exam with sound extracts. The strands are:

  • Baroque solo concerto
  • The operas of Mozart: The Marriage of Figaro
  • Romantic piano music: Brahms, Chopin and Grieg

You will then choose two further areas of study after discussion with staff, chosen from the following:

  • Pop Music: Stevie Wonder, Joni Mitchell, Muse, Beyonce, DaftPunk, Labrinth
  • Music for Media: Hermann, Zimmer, Giacchino, Newman, Uematsu
  • Music for Theatre: Weill, Rodgers, Sondheim, Schonberg, Brown
  • Jazz: Armstrong, Ellington, Parker, Davis, Metheny, Simcock
  • Contemporary Traditional Music: Piazzolla, Diabete, Shankar, Mariza, Bellowhead
  • Art Music since 1910: Shostakovitch, Messiaen, Reich, MacMillan

You will also give a recital of solo/ensemble music for a minimum of 10 minutes which should be around grade 6-8 standard. 

There are also two compositions to complete – one that is chosen from a given brief and one free composition.

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17Jul '20

▶️Update from the Headteacher◀️ The link for Mrs Sargent’s LAST weekly letter is below ⤵️ wkgs.org/files/download… Thank you Mrs Sargent for all you have done for #WKGS and we wish you all the very best!! (1/2)

17Jul '20

Huge congrats to our retiring staff. We wish you a happy & healthy retirement & good luck to staff who are leaving us for other schools. You have all been amazing & you will be greatly missed. We want to thank you for all you have done for #WKGS & wish you well👏 #WeWillMissYou https://t.co/KxUEOAX5pO

17Jul '20

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17Jul '20

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17Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 17: Write your worries down and save them for specific 'worry time'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/NeVprIjLaT

16Jul '20

🔊September 2020 Thread🔊 If you have not yet seen the instructions of our full return in September, please visit:⤵️⤵️⤵️ wkgs.org/latest-news/sc… Where you will find all of the information recently sent to parents/carers and students. (1/2)

16Jul '20

▶️WKGS 6th Form Virtual Summer Programme Thread◀️ This year's #WKGSY12 Summer Programme has moved online! We've had former students and university lecturers talk to our students remotely to help them think about future careers and university choices. (1/2) https://t.co/nDgiPm83hZ

16Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 16: When things get tough, say to yourself 'this too shall pass'. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/OPnW61z9lb

15Jul '20

▶️WKGS 6th Form Induction Thread ◀️ Welcome!! We are so glad that you've chosen to join #WKGS6thForm and that you are now taking the first steps towards starting with us in September. We hope you are all excited about joining us and we will be in touch again soon! (1/3) https://t.co/iLWACdjT7X

15Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 15: Go for a walk to clear your head when you feel overwhelmed. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/kysHVWT1XM

14Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 14: Set yourself an achievable goal and make it happen. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/m2y71RWFgW

13Jul '20

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13Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 13: Challenge negative thoughts and find an alternative interpretation. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing @WestKirbyGS https://t.co/iLgColBoRK

12Jul '20

Jump Back July - Day 12: When things go wrong, be compassionate to yourself. #JumpBackJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/nBthfYqDjz

11Jul '20

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