Music

YEAR 7

MUSIC CURRICULUM

Topics covered

Control of Sounds – Student s will learn how to be creative with pitched and un-pitched percussion. Students will learn instrumental techniques and ensemble skills.

Performing Songs – Students will have many opportunities to perform vocally throughout the year. We explore how to use the voice in many different genres.

Keyboard Skills. Students will study the basic techniques of playing the keyboard using a wide range of pieces to help them. We also here look at Notation in a more formal way.

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.

African Drumming!

Here we will experiment with different Rhythm patterns using the principles of African Drumming. We explore the link between Music and Culture.

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

Assessment

Students are assessed formally using the school’s M, S, D, E 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.

Music from Musicals– Students will learn about the history of Musicals and their key features. This will culminate in a performance of a piece from a musical of their choice.

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.

Keyboard Skills– Students will continue to develop their playing skills and notation skills.

Music Technology. Here we will explore differ DAWs (Digital Audio Workstations) to complete composition tasks and aid with recording student’s work.

Assessment

Students are assessed formally using the school’s M, S, D, E 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

Film Music. - Here we will explore the history of Music for Film and how it has developed as well as the concept of Leitmotifs. The students will compose a soundtrack to an existing piece of film using Music Technology. They will also perform a piece of famous film music.

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.

EDM and Dance Music. Students will learn the cultural and social background to the genre and the importance of rhythm. They will compose their own EDM backing track using Music Technology.

Assessment

Students are assessed formally using the school’s M, S, D, E guidelines and informally via self and peer assessment throughout each Project.

Homework

Students usually receive two pieces 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 covers a wide variety of musical styles and genres focusing particularly on the Development of Western Classical Music, Music for Voice, Music for Stage and Screen and Fusion Music.

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

Assessment

Performing: Students have to perform a solo of their choice and an ensemble (group) piece. These can be recorded at any time during year 11. 

Composing: Students must complete two compositions under controlled conditions. 1 will be a totally free choice of style whilst the other will be a response to a brief set by the exam board. We use a variety of Music Technology programmes to help with this process and aid those who are less confident in standard notation. 

Listening exam: Students study 8 set works and must answer questions related to them.

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 12/13

A2 LEVEL MUSIC CURRICULUM (AQA)

Topics covered

Performing, Composing and Understanding and appraising musical styles.

Assessment

Performing: Students must prepare a programme of music in their chosen genre of a minimum of 11 Minutes. This can be performed as many times as they wish during year 13.

Composing: Students will have the opportunity to develop their compositional skills and learn how to explain their creative choices to accompany their work. This will culminate in 2 composition exercises, one of which will be a composition in a genre of their choice. The other will be chosen by the students from a selection of tasks provided by the exam board.

Listening exam: Student's study 3 compulsory areas of study which have 2 set works each from different musical periods. They then can choose 2 extra areas of study from 7 study areas allowing them to specialise in areas that interest them. These include Film Music, Jazz, Pop Songs and 20th Century Art Music .They will learn how to be analytical and how to write informed essays on the pieces and associated listening. This concludes in a written paper in the summer of year 13.

Homework

Students are expected to practice 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.