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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what we've been up to...

23Jul '22

The Summer Break may have started but our Gardening Club are still hard at work exhibiting at the RHS Flower Show at Tatton Park. Well done to all staff and students involved in this fantastic project #RHSSchoolGardening https://t.co/awJb3qvqUL

19Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 19: If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/oCg5JJHDS2

19Jul '22

We would like to wish our #WKGSCommunity a happy and restful Summer holiday. Thanks to all of our students and staff for their hard work and efforts this year. Friday 2nd September will be a Year 7 and Year 12 Induction Day with all year groups returning on Monday 5th September. https://t.co/WqMRNHx1aB

18Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 18: Let go of the small stuff and focus on what really matters. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/Cyukw8BSmu

17Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 17: Use one of your strengths to overcome a challenge today. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/VBjVexA2Lv

16Jul '22

Jump Back Up July - Day 16: Find fun ways to distract yourself from unhelpful thoughts. #JumpBackUpJuly #Wellbeing https://t.co/BE7PeuQ4mO

16Jul '22

Year 10 Drama visit to London

Year 10 Drama students enjoyed a visit to London in a sweltering July heatwave; taking part in a practical workshop, led by professional practitioners, on performance skills and approaches to text. The same evening they watched 'Jack Absolute Flies Again’, a production at the National Theatre starring Caroline Quentin and Kelvin Fletcher. The following morning they took part in a guided tour of the National Theatre, seeing backstage, before travelling to the Fortune Theatre, near Drury Lane to see the matinee production of ‘Woman in Black’ - all were suitably scared!

15Jul '22

We are very excited that #WKGS band @its_theroom will be supporting @thisiszuzu with @astlesmusic this Saturday at @future_yard for the first New Noise Club <18 event. This is an Under 18s only event (dry bar). For tickets, please visit: linktr.ee/theroomofficial #zuzu #theroom https://t.co/K82p45heRe

15Jul '22

#WKGS Sports Day 2022 https://t.co/wWD0lO2x6a

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15Jul '22

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15Jul '22

This week we held our first Sports Day since 2019. Congratulations to all competitors for their amazing efforts and the supporters who cheered them along. Many thanks the PE Department and Sports Captains for organising such a fantastic event.. 1/4 #WKGS https://t.co/bDTmXju4MO

15Jul '22

#WKGS Gardening Club, with the help of Mrs Brown/ Mr Davies, are working on our contribution to the RHS School Allotment Show at next week’s RHS Tatton Park Flower Show. The WKGS plot is a specially designed bee-friendly pollinator garden and is open to the public 21st-24th July. https://t.co/D28eCaoqPh