AoS1 My Music
Students will study their instrument, which can be any of the following:
• any instrument
• voice – this can include styles such as rapping or beatboxing
• sequencing – realisation using ICT.
Focus for learning
Students will study the capabilities and limitations of their instrument, voice or technology including:
• its range and characteristic timbre
• the techniques required to play it and any techniques that are specific to it
• how it might be used in different genres
• what type of ensembles it might be used in
• how its use is influenced by context and culture.
Students will practise and learn to perform one or more piece(s) for their instrument of an appropriate level of difficulty.
The piece(s) should reflect the learner’s ability and allow them to demonstrate enough skill and technique to access the marking criteria. The part played by the learner should not generally be doubled by any other part. The piece can be a sequenced recording where the learner has programmed all the parts. The performance can be one of the following:
• the learner performing alone
• the learner accompanied by a live or pre-recorded part
• a piece for a group in which the learner plays a significant part
• a multi-tracked recording in which the learner performs at least one part
• a sequenced recording where the learner programs all parts.
Students will compose a piece of their choice. This can be:
• instrument(s)/voice/technology of their choice
• an unaccompanied solo piece
• an accompanied solo piece
• an ensemble piece
• in a genre of the learner’s choosing.