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Music

Head of Department: Mr G Page

Teacher assessment is continuous in Music and learners’ progress is tracked across a wide range of performance, composition and music ICT tasks. Feedback is given after each piece of work shown, but learners also carry out some self-assessment during the task itself.

Equipment - KS3

It is useful, though not essential, to have a pair of headphones to use during Music lessons.

If your child will be bringing a musical instrument into school please ensure that it is very clearly named.

Year 7

 

 

Skills & Musical Features

Project Examples

Autumn Term

Graphic Score

Dynamics

Tempo

Rhythm

Rhythm Grids

Duration

Group Work

Ostinato

Keyboard navigation/ICT

Structure

Research

Appraisal

Pitch

What is music?

Creative vocal/body sound project: Soundscapes

Introduction to instruments

 

‘Stomp’

 

Intro to World Music – Gamelan

 

Introduction to the Keyboard

 

Vocal project - Christmas

Spring Term

Pentatonic Scales

Pitch notation

Timbre

Rhythm notation

Syncopation

Interlocking rhythms

Structure – chord sequences and riff patterns

ICT

Parody Writing

Staff notation

Lyric Writing

Harmony

Introduction to Modes

World music, eg:

Australian music

Chinese music

Calypso

 

Keyboard skills – development

 

Rap (social issues)

 

 

Folk music (British vocal & instrumental)

 

Summer Term

Pitch notation

Melody

Primary Triads (I, IV, V) Chords

Structure

Form (Binary, Ternary, Song)

Major/Minor Chords

Octaves

5ths

Modal

Staff notation

Consolidation of skills

Keyboard skills - development

 

Renaissance music:

Dance music

Canons

Ballads

 

Jingles

Video/radio commercials

 

Yr 7 Production

Groupings

Learners are taught in their Tutor Groups for Music. There will be opportunities to work in smaller groups or individually depending on the particular project.

Homework Information

Homework is likely to involve more extended projects such as presenting research about a particular style of music. It may be set over the course of a half term and is likely to require up to 30 minutes per week. Occasionally one-off more specific homework may be given such as “to write 2 verses of Rap Lyrics”. No homework set in Music demands that there is a musical instrument of some kind available at home.

Extended Study Information

To research any of the following styles of music in more depth and present your work in whatever engaging way desired:

Indonesian Gamelan

Chinese Traditional Music

Australian Aboriginal Music

Calypso

Visits / Extra-Curricular opportunities

Year 7 sing as a whole year group in the Christmas Concert.

We will normally aim to mount a specific Year 7 musical production of some description in the Summer Term.

Year 7 pupils are very welcome to join any of the Music Department clubs and activities which are on offer at any point during the year.

Please ask about our range of instrumental lessons available for your child.

Year 8

 

 

Skills & Musical Features

Project Examples

Autumn Term

Staff notation

Sequences

Pedal

Ornaments

4-bar phrases

Rhythmic Q&A

Variation

Melodic lyricism

Harmony

Emotional expression: eg.  use    of dynamics, timbre, effects, etc.

Themes and interpretation

‘The Tool Box’

Baroque

 

 

Classical

 

 

Romantic

 

 

 

Programmatic Music

Christmas Music

Spring Term

Chords II, III, VI

Riffs/Bass lines

Lyric Writing

Word setting

Structure

Song form

Vocal work arrangements

Development of melody writing

Research

Appraisal

 

ICT – development of keyboard use to create backing tracks & basic recording techniques

Riffs   

1950s Rock & Roll

 

1960s Popular music

 

Song writing – Music Mogul

Summer Term

Consolidation of skills

Group work

Performance skills

Call and response

Syncopation

Interlocking Rhythms

Mini-musical

 

 

World music:

South American

African

Groupings    

Learners are taught in their Tutor Groups for Music.  There will be opportunities to work in smaller groups or individually depending on the particular project. 

Homework Information

Homework is likely to involve more extended projects such as presenting research about a particular style of music.  It may be set over the course of a half term and is likely to require up to 30 minutes per week. Occasionally one-off more specific homework may be given such as “to write lyrics for a popular song”. No homework set in Music demands that there is a musical instrument of some kind available at home.

Extended Study Information

To research any of the following styles of music in more depth and present your work in whatever engaging way you desire:

Music and composers of the Baroque period;

Music and composers of the Classical period;

Music and composers of the Romantic period.

Popular song styles

Visits /  Extra-Curricular opportunities 

Year 8 students are very welcome to join any of the Music Department clubs and activities which are on offer at any point during the year. 

Please ask about our range of instrumental lessons available for your child.

Year 9

 

 

Skills & Musical Features

Project Examples

Autumn Term

Paired work

Riffs/bass lines

Improvisation

Structure

Solo playing

Blues notes/chords

Song writing

Notation

Performance skills

Rhythm work

Syncopation

Research & appraisal

Blues Music:

Spirituals

Protest/autobiographical/work song blues

Communication blues

 

Jazz

 

Reggae

 

‘Musical Futures’ or ‘Learning by Listening’

 

 

Spring Term

Ragas

Non-western scales

Alap, Jor, Jhala structure

Irregular rhythms

 

Sampling/sequencing/ICT

Arranging

Parody

Structure

Creating an impact/atmosphere

Mood setting

World music:

Indian

 

 

 

Music for FIlm

Summer Term

Consolidation of skills

Responding to a given brief

Refining and developing ideas

Realisation

Understanding effect of audience/venue/live/recorded

 

Radio Project

 

Music for a Special Event:

Sports Day

Award Ceremony,

Promo video

 

 Free choices of style for composition and performance

 GCSE preparation

Groupings    

Learners are taught in their Tutor Groups for Music.  There will be opportunities to work in smaller groups or individually depending on the particular project.  Those declaring an interest in the pursuit of Music at GCSE may be given specific additional tasks to prepare them for the GCSE specification.

Homework Information

Homework is likely to involve practising for practical performances, either on a keyboard, iPad app, or equivalent.

Alternatively, this can be completed at break and lunchtimes using equipment in the Music Department.

Extended Study Information

To research any of the following styles of music in more depth and present your work in whatever engaging way you desire:

Reggae Music

Indian Music

The Blues

Equipment    

It is useful, though not essential, to have a pair of headphones to use during Music lessons. 

If your child will be bringing a musical instrument into school, please ensure that it is very clearly named.

Visits /  Extra-Curricular opportunities 

Year 9 pupils are very welcome to join any of the Music Department clubs and activities which are on offer at any point during the year, and the annual school musical production.

Please ask about our range of instrumental lessons available for your child.

Years 10 & 11

Course Content

You will be developing your skills as a solo performer (instrument or voice) and performing within an ensemble. You will also develop your skills as a composer, writing songs and instrumental pieces. Some of these pieces will be composed using the music software Garage Band, Logic and Sibelius. These songs will be recorded and some form of musical notation will be produced so accompany them.

You will also be studying a wide range of musical styles, some more familiar, some very new. These broad areas include:

  • The Concerto Through Time
  • Rhythms of the World
  • Film Music
  • Popular Song (1950 – today)

Homework

Homework will be set weekly and will often be in the form of consolidation exercises, either based on the theory of the course or simple composition tasks.  There is an additional expectation that you will be actively practising your instrument or voice.  There will be clearly set longer term deadlines for completed compositions and performances.

Furthermore, learners will progress well on this course if they listen widely and attend a range of events and concerts.

Equipment

You will need to have your musical instrument with you for most lessons (but you will also need to take it home in order to practice!). In addition you will need a comfortable, and reasonably good quality set of headphones. You will also need a memory stick so that you can back up any work that you have done on the computers.

Visits/Extra-curricular

There are a wide range of extra-curricular clubs that you can be involved with, and as a GCSE Music student you are expected to commit to being in at least one of these clubs. These will help your wider musicianship skills to develop in a variety of ways. You will also be able to use the practice rooms at break and lunchtimes.

We are planning a number of trips to see performances and meet performers and composers and recording engineers, and also to have some opportunities to perform as individuals and as a group.