Music Department

In music we deliver a broad curriculum with an aim to provide an insightful knowledge of musical understanding, and quality of performance. We begin with basic theory of notation and rhythms as well as learning how to perform simple tunes on the keyboard. Developing the pupil’s knowledge of how music is achieved, created and delivered is very important and so is reinforced in every topic we approach.

Performing and composing different styles of music is encouraged in every topic throughout each term and will involve performances of a solo and group nature. Exploring the creative avenue in groups improves many basic human skills that are needed in the workplace later on in life, and confidence is built through solo performances also.

In the music curriculum we teach pupils how to extend the way they perceive different styles of music through their musical responses and their understanding of how musical elements work. This includes melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, form, texture and timbre; the way these elements work together to create musical effects and traditions.

The curriculum is regularly updated to allow progression, through addressing weaknesses as well as strengths applying the disciplines that are needed for such a practical subject. It is aimed at developing pupils as a whole person, seeking to raise awareness through the arts within the school.

“mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” – Alice Cooper

Year 7
Autumn Term 1 Baseline test
Basic skills
Autumn Term 2 Singing
Christmas Carol concert
Spring Term 1 Modes and drones
Spring Term 2 Science and nature
Summer Term 1 Ostinato
Harry Potter/Tubular bells
Summer Term 2 Special occasions
Year 8
Autumn Term 1 African drumming
Autumn Term 2 Blues
Spring Term 1 Caribbean
Spring Term 2 Gamelan
Summer Term 1 Film and television
Summer Term 2 Bands
Year 9
Autumn Term 1 Waltz music – classical
Autumn Term 2 Experimental music – Creative rhythms working with layers & learning techniques
Spring Term 1 Electronic music – rap / reggae / hip hop
Spring Term 2 Rock and Pop
Summer Term 1 World
Summer Term 2 Fusion bands – studio
Year 10
Autumn Term 1 AOS 1 – My Music and group performances
AOS 2 – Shared music: solo & accompaniment
Autumn Term 2 AOS 1 (Running alongside)
AOS 2 – shared Music ensembles.
Glossary/key terms
Spring Term 1 AOS 1 – concert preparation
AOS 3 – dance music
Glossary/key terms
Spring Term 2 AOS 4 – programme and file music
Glossary/key terms
Summer Term 1 Creative task/composition
Glossary/key terms
Summer Term 2 Creative task/composition
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Year 11
Autumn Term 1 8 weeks
AOS 4 – Composition 2 ideas
Autumn Term 2 8 weeks
Unit 1 – Mock solo & ensemble performances
Compositions aim to be completed
Glossary/key terms
Spring Term 1 6 weeks
Unit 1 – Completion of both compositions = 30% coursework grade. Start the concert preparation = ensemble performances and solos = 30% coursework grade
Glossary/key terms
Spring Term 2 Revision of all AOS set works and preparation for the listening exam = 40%
Glossary/key terms
Summer Term 1
Summer Term 2
Last updated: February 22, 2017 at 9:12 am

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