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We see Music as a subject which brings communities togSlide1ether. We want to empower our students to be creative, to provide experiences which raise their aspirations and opportunities to enable them to achieve their potential. We believe that Music is for all our students and it forms the soundtrack to our lives. It is creative, collaborative, celebratory and challenging. Through sharing our passions and interests we aim to inspire our students to be the best musicians that they can be and to contribute positively to our school community.

We provide our students with the opportunities to compose, perform and appraise throughout each Key Stage, with a range of different practical experiences to enrich their musical understanding and to be able to express themselves. Through an extensive extra curricular programme, we further develop our students’ interest, skills, curiosity and experience of different musical genre. We want our students to be able to develop a lifelong love of Music, so that Music can continue to enrich their futures.  

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 7 music

Term

Topic

Content to include

Autumn Term

Baseline Assessment

 Introduction to the Music Department

Elements of Music

Rhythm and Notation

Listening activities, designing and performing of graphic scores, learning to read notation and perform simple rhythms confidently. Applying the reading of notation to practical work including classroom percussion

Christmas Break

Spring Term

Instruments of the Orchestra

Rhythm work

Students may have the opportunity to perform their instrument.  Listen to a variety of instruments of the orchestra, demonstrated where available.  Watch videos, use websites, memory tasks, and a variety of learning skills to become as familiar as possible with all the instruments.  Listening test at the end.  Students will refine their understanding of rhythm through exploring world music i.e. Samba, African Drumming

Easter Break

Summer Term

Composing a Melody / Notation

Singing

Combining rhythm and notation reading skills compose a variety of tasks. 8 bar rhythm into a melody.  Listen to the carnival of the animals and then compose a piece of music to represent an animal of their choice. These may be linked to performance work where the equipment is available and suitable.

Making use of the outside spaces, students will explore the use of their voices, learn songs and rehearse performance skills.

All units of work studied in Year 7 are designed to give a good knowledge of the Elements of Music.  Each project has a different focus and the content is delivered with as much practical and performance work as possible.  

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Year 8

The units of work studied in Year 8 build upon the essential Elements of Music learned from Year 7.  These are then extended to develop a better understanding of melody and how it can be varied, how effective Music can be in portraying a feeling or emotion.  The projects may be covered in a slightly different order depending on spaces and equipment available.

Term

Topic

Content to include

Autumn Term

Baseline assessment and revision from Year 7

Introduction to the Music Department

Elements of Music

Theme and Variations

Programme Music

Baseline assessment and activities which are designed to build upon and revise the elements of music studied in Year 7.

Theme and Variations – Small group work (pairs) understanding, composing and performing a Theme and variations composition.  Listening to programme music and using that understanding to create soundscapes for a Haunted House.  Introduction of the idea of chromaticism and the difference between major and minor chords.  Revision of the Instruments of the Orchestra through listening tasks

Christmas Break

Spring Term

Film Music

Continuing the composition theme, students will compose music for and perform in pairs, music for a Wallace and Gromit film.  They will gain a deeper understanding of chromaticism and be able to apply their knowledge of minor chords and chromaticism to their performance/composition task.

Easter Break

Summer Term

The Blues

Rhythm work and singing

The Blues – working in groups understand the 12 bar blues, blues scale, chord progression, improvisation, swing rhythms, blues lyrics.  Developing an understanding of improvisation, rather than notated music.  Using the outside space, rediscover the use of our voices and apply it to performance opportunities.

 

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Year 9

The Year 9 Music curriculum is about developing the whole musician by now starting to understand about chord progressions.  There are more opportunities to perform and compose in a different style in Year 9.  The projects may be covered in a slightly different order depending on spaces and equipment available.  

Term

Topic

Content to include

Autumn Term

Revision from Year 8

Introduction to the Music Department

Elements of Music

Popular Music

Film Music

 

Revision of work from year 8, lesson to introduce the elements of music, variety of activities.  Develop an understanding of Popular music, through practical tasks in pairs.  The content to learn is regarding chord progressions and the different chords used in pop.  Deeper listening into different genres of Pop music and creating a performance to show understanding of these different genres.  Gain a deeper understanding of the different roles of instruments within the pop texture. Students will learn to play the Ukulele.

Continuing the composition theme, students will compose music for and perform in pairs, music for a Wallace and Gromit film.  They will revise and gain a deeper understanding of chromaticism and be able to apply their knowledge of minor chords and chromaticism to their performance/composition task.

N.B. Mrs Newns and Mr Starbuck may teach projects in a slightly different order, depending on the equipment available and the roomings.

Christmas Break

Spring Term

Minimalism

Minimalism – introduce the features of minimalism, listening activities, performance opportunities of in c and clapping music. Research a historical event, create a composition based on this.

Easter Break

Summer Term

Reggae

The Beatles

Reggae – Revisiting the Ukulele, learning the history behind Reggae, listening based on Reggae songs.  Group performances of 3 little birds

The Beatles – Understand the background to the Beatles, the impact they have had on popular music, gain a greater understanding of GCSE style listening questions, learn some of the Beatles songs through performance opportunities provided in the lessons.

 

Extra Curricular 

We have a range of extra curriculum clubs that take place during lunch time 1:30pm - 2.10pm or after school 3:20pm - 4:30pm.  

Monday

Lunch

S29

Young Voices (Years 7 & 8)

Mrs Newns

Tuesday

Lunch

S29

Concert Band  

Mr Starbuck

Wednesday

Lunch

S29

String Group

Mrs Newns

Wednesday

After School

S29

Production Band (by invitation only)

Mrs Newns

Thursday

Lunch

S29

Swing Band

Mr Starbuck

Friday

Lunch

S29

Senior Choir (Years 9 – 13 & Staff)

Mrs Newns

Instrumental Lessons

We have a fantastic team of 16 instrumental teachers that offer lessons in school either on an instrument or singing.  We also host in school ABRSM / Trinity exams each summer.  Students are also offered the opportunity to support recital evenings and GCSE and A Level performances.  If you are interested in instrumental lessons please see below the application form. 

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