Music is taught to Key Stage 3 once a week with Music Technology lessons embedded in the schemes of work. Students follow a programme of study that focuses on the key skills of performing, singing, composing, improvising, listening to and appraising music. It is based on the requirements of the National Curriculum and incorporates music from a wide range of styles, cultures and historical periods. Students are encouraged to develop their musical creativity through a range of practical activities which illustrate originality, imagination and the ability to develop and improve their work. These activities also allow them to develop and refine their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of various genres of music. Students will use a range of instruments throughout Key Stage 3 including keyboard, guitar, ukulele, various percussion instruments, and voice. Music Technology is used to enhance and facilitate learning and the students will learn to sequence MIDI, capture and process audio, as well as mixing skills on a range of software and hardware.
Students will undertake at least 6 main topics throughout the year with each topic being assessed practically (through a performance or composition). Music assessments may also take the form of a listening or evaluation task which will be completed usually towards the middle or end of a topic.
Students will often be encouraged to work in groups and develop independent group learning skills alongside their solo work. To support their learning and preparation for assessments, students, where possible, should practice their parts within performances alongside revising and revisiting key vocabulary and the main musical elements: rhythm, duration, dynamics, tempo, structure, melody, harmony and instrumentation.
Year 7 Topics
Topic 1 Transition Project/Diagnostic Unit
Topic 2 Rhythm & Pulse
Topic 3 Christmas Sing
Topic 4 Pitch & Keyboard Skills (Baroque Music)
Topic 5 Instruments of the Orchestra (Classical Music)
Topic 6 Carnival of The Animals (The Elements of Music)
Topic 7 Ukulele Project/Summer sing
Year 8 Topics
Topic 1 Feeling The Blues
Topic 2 Exploring Popular Songs
Topic 3 Hooks and Riffs
Topic 4 Musicals
Topic 5 African Music/Indian Bollywood Music
Topic 6 Video Game Music
Year 9 Topics
Topic 1 Band Instrumental Skills
Topic 2 In at the Deep End (Ensemble Performance)
Topic 3 Rap/Hip Hop Music
Topic 4: Dance Music
Topic 5 Film Music
Topic 6 Solo Music Performance
Key Stage 4
In Key Stage 4 the students will follow the Eduqas (9-1) GCSE syllabus.
GCSE Music enables students to extend existing skills in music as well as widen their appreciation of different musical traditions and to see where it’s relevant in today’s wide and varied music industry. Students are provided with the opportunity to study classical, popular and world music genres, looking not only at the integral elements of each type of music, but also providing an awareness and understanding of the social, cultural and traditions of each genre and style. The course allows students to develop their skills in composition, performing and the use and application of specific musical technology.
Throughout the two years the students will cover three components:
The main “Areas of Study” for GCSE Music are:
· Musical Forms and Devices
· Music for Ensembles
· Film Music
· Popular Music