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Music (curriculum)

Teacher of Music: Jessica Brooks –
Head of Faculty: Dawn Benson –

Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to Music, through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting music. Students are always encouraged to develop their musical skills, communicating with others and explaining responses to each other. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable pupils to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve. Working together in pairs or groups and supporting others is a key part of Music lessons.
Moral education in Music, involves pupils expressing their own response to moral dilemmas and emotions. They can appreciate the work of practitioners in expressing unfairness, injustice and in celebrating the victory of good over evil. Encouraging critical discussion in response to challenging music will be an integral process in learning and development.
Cultural education in Music involves students developing appreciation of music drawn from a wide variety of traditions with a diversity of genres, forms and purposes. Pupils have an opportunity to explore aspects of their own culture and begin to recognise, and appreciate, differences in music, from different times and places.
Spiritual education in Music is encouraged through the experience and emotion of response to the creative process. Through a sensual approach to feeling, seeing and hearing pupils respond creatively themselves. We aim to nurture feelings, enhance moods and enable pupils to reflect.

Key stage 3
Year 7 schemes of work

Autumn Term
Rhythm and pulse – the use of music notation and how rhythms are constructed. Percussion instrument studies – how different percussion instruments are played the different types of percussion instruments in different countries around the world. Keyboard skills and basic notation – students to be able to locate notes on the keyboard as well as reading simple music notation from sheet music and performing a variety of repertoire to an audience.

Spring Term
Singing – students to learn about vocal warm-ups and how to sing safely in small groups, Vocal skills – how the voice works and different styles of singing, Reggae – history of Reggae and famous performers and reggae rhythms, notation – Develop knowledge of musical notes and rhythms, musical elements – Students will understand the different musical elements and how they can be used when performing.

Summer Term
Instruments of the Orchestra – different instruments within the Orchestra and how they are played. Students will understand the layout of the Orchestra and where the instrumental families sit. Timbre – The different sounds that instruments make and how they are identified, Notation – an in depth look into musical notes and music on the stave, musical terminology – students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key words used in their music lessons.

Year 8 Schemes of work

Autumn Term
Blues music – famous performers, Blues history – where the music originated and instruments typically heard in this style of music, Ukulele – Structure of the instrument, how to tune a Ukulele, famous Ukulele performers, reading TAB, chords.

Spring Term
Song writing – Students to look at how to write songs, where you can start with writing your own lyrics, song structure, types of popular song. Musicals – History of musicals, types of musical, songs within musicals, Song structure, types of popular song.

Summer Term
Film music – types of film genres, famous film composers and how the musical elements are used to create music for film, composition skills – How to create your own music for film, looking at structure, musical elements and performance skills.

GCSE Music
Year 9

Autumn Term
Advanced music theory – notation, rhythm, music terminology. Listening skills – listening to different types of music and identifying the key features.

Spring Term
Music Theory – Notation, rhythm, music terminology. Composition techniques- Structure, chords, melody lines, harmony.

Summer Term
Music Theory – Notation, rhythm, music terminology. Performance styles – selecting a suitable performance piece to show musical ability, performance skills – how to perform to an audience, use of music technology in your performance.

Year 10

Autumn Term
Advanced music theory – reading notation, rhythms, adding to music key words, Music history (1600-present), Performance skills – Researching repertoire for GCSE performance.

Spring Term
Area of study 3 – Dance Music (listening) Students will begin to gain knowledge of dance music from several decades and identify key features, Preparation for Performance 1 (solo), Composition techniques.

Summer Term
Recording of Solo performance, Area of study 3- Dance Music (consolidation), Composition 1, Area of study 2 – Shared Music (listening exam preparation)

Year 11

Autumn Term
Area of study 3- Shared music (recap and consolidation), Performance 2 practice (ensemble)students are required to perform as part of a small group, Area of study 4 -Film/programme music (listening exam), creative task practice.

Spring Term
Performance 2 – recording of ensemble piece, Area of study 4 (consolidation), Composition 2 using music technology and creative task practice.

Summer Term
Revision of Area of study 2, 3 and 4 in preparation for listening exam.

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