Music

Why Study Music?

By studying music you will develop many skills such as problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills. It will also help you to develop your creativity and it can help you when it comes to teamwork, communication and self-management. By studying music, you will not only learn how to perform, but you will also develop skills in listening and appraising, identifying musical techniques and features and composing your own music using composition techniques, the elements of music and musical devices. Music compliments many other subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and English.

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By studying music you will develop many skills such as problem solving, research, planning, analytical and critical thinking skills. It will also help you to develop your creativity and it can help you when it comes to teamwork, communication and self-management. By studying music, you will not only learn how to perform, but you will also develop skills in listening and appraising, identifying musical techniques and features and composing your own music using composition techniques, the elements of music and musical devices. Music compliments many other subjects such as Mathematics, Physics and English.

Key Stage 3 Curriculum

 KS3

 Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 7

  • Soundscapes
  • Graphic notation
  • Musical dimensions
  • Singing skills
  • Rhythm Carnival
  • Notation
  • Samba
  • IT Cubase
  • Singing Skills
  • Rhythm Carnival
  • Djembe
  • Orchestra
  • Singing Skills
  • Orient Express
  • Melody writing
  • Keyboard work
  • Singing skills

Year 8

  • Feelin’ Blue
  • Lyric writing/singing
  • 12 bar blues/chords
  • Trip to Liverpool International Slavery Museum
  • Caribbean
  • Reggae, Ska, Calypso
  • Steel Pans performance
  • Singing skills
  • Chilled
  • Ambient music
  • Dance tracks
  • IT Cubase
  • Singing Skills

Key Stage 4 Curriculum (OCR Specification)

KS4

Term 1

Term 2

Term 3

Year 9

Protest Music

  • Song/lyric writing
  • Listening and analysis
  • Singing skills
  • The musical elements
  • Musical language
  • Listening and contextual understanding

All Change - Exploring 20th Century

  • Serialism
  • Minimalism
  • Impressionism
  • Graphic score notation
  • Genres and stylistic features
  • Notation and scoring
  • Composing in the Minimalist style

Music & the Media (AoS 4)

  • Film music
  • Composing a trailer for film
  • Composing theme for good/bad character
  • Using musical language to appraise music
  • Composition techniques
  • Music Technology

Year 10

Exploration

  • Popular music
  • Traditional music
  • Western classical tradition
  • Identifying areas for performances (solo and ensemble)
  • Using Cubase and Sibelius to compose
  • GCSE Booster sessions

Research and Develop

  • Recognising stylistic features
  • ‘Think and Link’ strategy for remembering features
  • Composition
  • GCSE Booster sessions

Improve

  • Using the correct terminology
  • Improving performance pieces
  • Composition
  • GCSE Booster sessions

Year 11

Refine

  • Identifying areas of weakness
  • Composition (finishing touches)
  • Mock examination
  • GCSE Booster sessions

Consolidation

  • Recognising historical characteristics and applying them in listening questions
  • GCSE Booster sessions

 

Examination

  • GCSE Booster sessions

Throughout years 9 10 & 11, pupils will also cover each of the following areas of study:

AoS 1 – My Music                   

AoS 2 – The Concerto Through Time  from 1650 to 1910

AoS 3 – Rhythms of the World – Study traditional rhythmic roots from four regions of the world: India & Punjab, Eastern Mediterranean & Middle East, Africa, Central & South America

AoS 4 – Film Music – Study a range of music used for films including: Music composed specifically for a film, classical music used within a film, music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game.

AoS 5 – Conventions of Pop – Study of a range of popular music from the 1950’s to the present day.

The order in which these are studied will depend on each cohort.

Enrichment

The Music department offers educational trips to the theatre (including West End), orchestral concerts and regularly has visiting musicians to augment the delivery of Music.  GCSE booster sessions are offered each week to enhance pupils learning and help with any difficulties they have encountered. Peripatetic lessons are offered weekly on the following instruments: woodwind, brass, lower and upper strings, drum kit, voice, electric and acoustic guitar and DJing.  Pupils showcase their work throughout the year at various concerts, school celebrations and community events.  There is a lively extra-curricular programme running weekly – choir, jazz band, guitar club, percussion group and DJ club are central for musical enrichment.

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Useful links

www.dsokids.com

www.bbc.co.uk/schools/websites/11_16/site/music.shtml

www.sfskids.org

www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize

www.skymusichub.com

 

 

 

 

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Thursday 14th February - Ski Trip to America
Monday 18th–Friday 22nd February– Half Term
Monday 25th February-Friday 1st March - Years 12/13 trip to Berlin
Monday 4th March-Thursday 7th March - Year 7 ‘Harry Potter World’ trip
Thursday 14th March 2019-Year 8 Options Evening
Thursday 21st-Friday 22nd March - Music trip ‘Voice in a Million’ Wembley
Wednesday 27th-29th March Primary schools taster day
Tuesday 2nd April - Year 8 Parents’ Evening
Wednesday 3rd-Friday 5th April - Scottish Football Trip
Thursday 4th-Friday 5th April - Year 12 Spanish Trip
Thursday 4th April - Spring Arts Evening
Monday 8th-Monday 22nd April – Easter Holidays

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