Music

Year 7

Music is taught in Year 7 on a carousel with other options subjects. During this year pupils develop their practical music skills through a series of individual, paired and group activities. This includes a variety of disciplines and builds upon pupils prior learning in Key Stage 2.

Pupils develop their listening, performing and composing through lessons on the Ukulele. They perform the song ‘Chasing Cars’ by Snow Patrol as part of an ensemble and use this as a basis for their own musical compositions.

Pupils develop an understanding of staff notation through performance lessons on the keyboard. They will get to choose their own performance piece from a list of classic pop songs, from artists such as The Beatles and Oasis and work on creating an accurate and fluent performance.

Year 8

Music is taught in Year 8 on a carousel with other options subjects. During this year pupils further develop their musical skills, building upon prior learning in Year 7.

Pupils create their own scary music to accompany the queue at Alton Towers’ Th13teen ride. Using Garageband they incorporate sound effects, recorded sound and Grieg’s ‘In The Hall Of The Mountain King’ to truly frighten their audience.

Year 9

Music is taught in year 9 for one lesson per week all academic year. Those pupils studying music in this year have opted to do so at the end of Year 8, alongside two other VET subjects. This year is used to build upon the skills taught in Years 7 and 8 and better prepare pupils for the possibilty of opting for Music in Key Stage 4.

This unit will allow students to develop the composition skills, using computer software in order to create their own soundtrack to a real movie clip. During the unit students will learn how to use a midi input device to record themselves performing their compositional ideas. They will gain an understanding of musical vocabulary linked to Horror Movie soundtrack composing, such as: Consonance, Dissonance, Metamorphosis, Ostinato, Dynamics, etc.They will listen to and analyse their own and other class members’ music, using success criteria and I-Can statements to support their judgements.

This unit will allow students to develop an understanding of the 20th century composition technique – Minimalism. Pupils will not only gain an understanding of the main composers of this period & it’s stylistic techniques, they will also create their own minimalist composition – the main focus of this unit. Through composing their music pupils will gain a better awareness of stave notation, important KS4 composition techniques and how to use Sibelius Software. They will gain an understanding of musical vocabulary linked to minimalism, such as: Note addition, ostinati, etc. They will listen to and analyse their own and other class members’ music, using success criteria and I-Can statements to support their judgements.

This unit will allow students to develop their performance skills. Pupils will rehearse on the Ukulele, a discipline they studied briefly in Y7. This unit will allow students to develop technical and performance skills in the genre of a pop song. They will develop an understanding of how to read ukulele tab, something they did not get an opportunity to do when they studied this discipline in Y7. They will listen to and analyse their own and other class members’ performances, being given the opportunity to work in groups of different sizes: rehearsing, directing and performing their music to their audience.

This unit will allow students to develop their performance with an increased amount of independence. Pupils will follow the ‘Musical Futures’ model. Pupils will rehearse in groups to perform a variety of music currently in the charts. This will include: drums, guitar, keyboard and voice. By the end of the unit pupils will perform the song as part of a group/band.

Musical futures is a model of self-directed learning that aims to enhance student motivation, enjoyment and skill-acquisition in music lessons by tapping into the real-life learning practices of popular musicians. This includes: students learning by listening to and copying recordings, students learning alongside friends, students assimilating skills and knowledge in personal ways according to musical preferences, students starting with whole ‘real world’ pieces of music, students maintaining a close integration of listening and performing.

Year 10 and 11

Pupils in KS4 currently work towards Edexcel’s new GCSE Music qualification..

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
30% of the qualification

Content overview:
•Solo performing
•Ensemble performing

Assessment overview:
•Students perform for at least 4 minutes’ combined duration
•Solo performance: this must be of at least 1 minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces
•Ensemble performance: this must be of at least 1 minute in duration, and may comprise one or more pieces

Non-examined assessment: internally marked and externally moderated
30% of the qualification

Content overview:
•Developing musical ideas
•Compositional techniques and strategies
•Ensuring technical control and coherence
•Methods of notating composition scores

Assessment overview:
•Students compose two compositions, of at least 3 minutes’ combined duration
•One composition to a brief set by the exam board, of at least 1 minute in duration.
•One free composition set by the student, of at least 1 minute in duration.

Written examination: 1 hour and 45 minutes
40% of the qualification

Content overview:
•Musical elements, musical contexts and musical language
•Areas of study:
– Instrumental Music 1700–1820
– Vocal Music
– Music for

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