Music

Year 7

Music Curriculum

Topics covered

Control of Sounds – Students will learn how to be creative with the musical elements using pitched and un-pitched percussion. Students will learn instrumental techniques and ensemble skills.

Performing Songs – Students prepare a piece to perform at an evening concert. They will learn how to perform in front of an audience and improve their ensemble skills. Some students will be able to accompany the singing with instruments.

Underground Music – Students learn the importance of beat and rhythm and how these can be formally written and used in composition.

Instruments of the Orchestra. – Students explore the formation of the orchestra and the different families within it. They will work on recognising the instruments visually and aurally and how these instruments have developed over time.

Write it Down!– Students will learn to write a melodies in various different formats and how to read basic standard notation.

Performance Project – Student s explore the challenges of solo and ensemble performance.

Assessment

Students are assessed formally using the 1 – 9 national guidelines and informally via self and peer assessment throughout each Project.

Homework

Students usually receive one piece of homework each project.

Year 8

Music Curriculum

Topics covered

Variations– Students study how to write varying melody lines that become more complex as the piece develops.

Brit Pop – Students will learn about the instruments and music of the Brit Pop genre. They will perform pieces of Brit Pop and some students will be able to lead/direct the group.

Blues – Students will learn the 12 bar blues chord progression, a typical blues melody, how to improvise on an instrument and the characteristics of a swung rhythm.

Reggae– Students learn the characteristics and techniques of Reggae music and singing. They will work in whole class and in small group performances.

Film Music Students learn how to compose effective character themes. They study examples used in famous films and look at the work of famous film composers, such as John Williams

Assessment

Students are assessed formally using the national 1 – 9 national guidelines and informally via self and peer assessment throughout each project. 

Homework

Students usually receive one piece of homework each project.

Year 9

Music Curriculum

Topics covered

Minimalism – Students will learn the characteristics of this style of music looking at the work of composers, such as Steve Reich. They will explore how short musical ideas (ostinati) can work together and compose their own minimalist piece.

Programme Music – Students will be learning about how composers create music for films. They will be creating music to accompany a short film/story board.

Performing a cover song – Students will be learning a rock/pop song in groups. They will have to learn the vocal and instrumental parts and consider how they could adapt the song creatively.

Song writing – Students will learn how to write their own songs in a chosen style. They will compose the melody and the instrumental parts that accompany it.

Rap -Students will learn the cultural and social background to the genre and the importance of rhythm. They will compose their own rap lyrics and backing track

Assessment

Students are assessed using National Curriculum levels after each Project.

Homework

Students usually receive one piece of homework each project.

YeARS 10 & 11

GCSE Curriculum Edexcel

Topics covered

Performing (30%) both as an individual and as an ensemble. Composing (30%) and Listening exam (40%). This cover a wide variety of musical styles and genres.

Students will also extend their theoretical knowledge gained in year 7 – 9.

Assessment

Performing: Students have to perform a solo and an ensemble (group) piece. These can be recorded at any time during year 11. Composing: Students have to complete two compositions under controlled conditions in two different styles. Listening exam: Students study 12 set works and have to answer questions related to them and write an essay about one piece

Homework

Students are expected to practise their instruments regularly and will often get composition and theory homework. They should aim to spend at least an hour a week outside of lesson time when a composition task is set. Students might get research or listening tasks related to the study of their set works.

year 12

A2 Level Music Curriculum Edexcel

Topics covered

Performing, Composing  and Understand and appraising musical styles.

Assessment

Performing: Students have to prepare a recital on an instrument or their voice. This can be performed at any time during the year.

Composing: Students will have the opportunity to develop their compositional skills and learn how to explain their creative choices to accompany their work.

Listening exam: Students study set works from different musical periods. They will learn how to be analytical and how to write informed essays on the pieces and associated listening.

Homework

Students are expected to practise their instruments every day for at least 30 minutes. When given a composition deadline they should spend at least two hours a week on this. They will also be given research and essay writing homework.

year 13

A2 Level Music Curriculum Edexcel

Topics covered

Performing Composing and Listening exam.

Assessment

Performing: students have to prepare a 15 minute recital. This can be done at any point during the course but there will be a designated perofmance evening with in the year. 

Composing: Students have to complete two tasks, they can choose to do two compositions r two harmony exercises or one of each. Both of these tasks have to be completed under controlled conditions.

 Listening: Students have to answer listening questions on unfamiliar pieces and then complete essays based on set works they have been studying. They will also work on musical dictation and general theory.

Homework

Students are expected to practise their instruments every day for at least 30 minutes. When given a composition deadline they should spend at least two hours a week on this. They will also be given research and essay writing homework.