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

Year 7

Topic

Focus

Skills

Assessment tasks

Autumn

1

Baseline

Understanding the conventions of basic rhythm writing through Samba music and Djembe drumming

Students will develop ensemble/performance skills

Listening baseline test

Practical baseline

Autumn

2

Soundscapes

 

Understanding the conventions of graphic notation

Using their voice as an instrument

Students will be able to match sounds to images/graphics and compose a graphic score

Completion of graphic score, performance of graphic score notation. Whole class singing technique

Spring

1

Indian Classical

 

Understanding the conventions of melody writing and Indian Classical music

Students will compose and perform in pairs a piece that has a drone, rhythmic ostinato and melody (solo/pair)

Performance/composition of Indian melody – Raga

Research homework (India)

Spring

2

Orient Express

 

Understanding the conventions of melody writing & Chinese music (pentatonic)

Students will develop performing/composing skills (solo/pair)             

Performance/composition of pentatonic melody

Research hwk (China)

Summer

1

Songwriting

Understanding the conventions of songwriting on ukulele

Students will compose and perform in groups a song that has been written by them

Composition and performance of a song about their first year at Holy Family

Summer

2

Songwriting

Understanding the conventions of songwriting

Students will use the ukulele to structure their song using verse-chorus form 

Self/peer/teacher assessed

Year 8

 

Topic

Focus

Skills

Assessment tasks

Autumn

1

FEELIN’ BLUE

 

 

Understanding the conventions of  Blues music

Students will develop ensemble/composition/improvisation/lyric writing skills

Keyboard/ukulele(from year 7)

Composition/performance of group blues pieces

Trip to Liverpool Slave Museum

Autumn

2

JAMBO AFRIKA

 

Understanding the conventions of African Music

Students will develop ensemble/performance skills whilst playing the djembe

Spring

1

CARIBBEAN

 

 

Understanding the conventions of Caribbean music

Students will develop composition and performance skills

Performance on Steel Pans

Performance of 3 Little Birds in groups and whole class

Composition/performance of Reggae pieces

Research project – music, religion, culture etc

Spring

2

CARIBBEAN

 

As above

Some students will learn chords on guitar

Some students will learn hook on keyboard

Some students will sing the melody

Summer

1

CHILLED

 

 

Understanding the conventions of Ambient music. Chords used in ambient (cluster

Students will develop I.C.T., composing, performing, analysis, ensemble and vocal skills

Listening and analysis of ambient music

Composition/arrangement of their ‘Chilled’ piece

Summer

2

CHILLED

 

consonance,

dissonance)

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

All Change - Exploring 20th Century

  • Serialism
  • Minimalism
  • Impressionism
  • Graphic score notation

Music & the Media                       

  • Film music
  • Composing a trailer for film
  • IT Cubase

 

GCSE

  • The musical elements
  • Musical language
  • Listening and contextual understanding

GCSE

  • Genres and stylistic features
  • Notation and scoring

GCSE

  • 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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Monday 21st Oct - School Play (rehearsals)
Tuesday 22nd – Thursday 23rd – School Play
Thursday 24th Oct - Year 11 Geography trip to Liverpool
Friday 25th Oct - 6th Form trip ‘Scarefest’ Alton Towers
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