Music Curriculum

Intent


We aim to ensure that all pupils:

  • develop their vocal and instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness
  • evaluate music to make judgements using musical terminology, developing the ability to listen and distinguish different styles and techniques
  • develop a knowledge of a broad range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • improvise, compose and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, and playing a range of instruments

Year 7 MUSIC

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Body Beats: You will learn a number of different body percussion arrangements for different popular and contemporary music. You will perform within a group and compose using body percussion notation and rhythmic notation.

Half Term 2: Ukulele: You will learn the basics of playing Ukulele. You will work individually and in groups to practise technique. You will perform to the class either solo or as part of a small group

Half term 3: Instruments of the Orchestra: You will learn how different sounds can be made and how music is created by studying the: woodwind, brass and percussion families. You will work individually looking at videos and doing tasks that identify, confirm and instruments. You will listen to and appraise a variety of music.

Half Term 4: Ukulele: You will learn about stave notation. You will work individually and in groups, composing, performing and notating your own piece of music.

Half Term 5: Folk Music: You will listen to, analyse and perform a variety of folk and fusion pieces throughout the ages. You will learn about our local North East folk tradition and listen to music from local bands and Artists including Kathryn Tickell, Whapweasel and Pikey Beatz.

Half Term 6: Working in a band: You will perform a song as a whole class ensemble and then rehearse and perform to the class in a smaller band.

 

Year 8 MUSIC

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Body Beats: You will learn a number of different body percussion arrangements for different popular and contemporary music. You will perform within a group and compose using body percussion notation and rhythmic notation.

Half Term 2: Blues/Rock n Roll: You will learn to play triads in C, F and G major. You will develop your singing skills and learn how to hold your part in an arrangement whilst others are playing different parts. You will look at the history and culture of Rock’n’Roll and compare and contrast it to modern music.

Half term 3: Music Theory: You will work individually watching videos and listening to a variety of music to learn about : sharps, flats and Naturals, scale & semitones, major scales, Dynamic tempo and expression.

Half Term 4: African Drumming: You will learn about the history of African drumming and the traditional role it plays. You will listen to and analyse a variety of different pieces, and perform and compose using African drumming techniques.

Half Term 5: Film Music: You will listen to, and analyse a wide range of Film music from different genres and compose a piece of music to a film brief of your choice.

Half Term 6: Working in a band: You will develop your ensemble skills by playing a pop song as part of a band.

 

Year 9 MUSIC

What will I learn?

Half Term 1: Hooks and Riffs- Keyboard: You will learn popular riffs and hooks on the keyboard to develop your timing. You will learn parts of the James Bond theme and perform in pairs. Then you will create your own ensemble arrangement.

Half Term 2: Samba – Percussion: You will learn about the history of original Samba music from Brazil and how it influenced African/Portugese cultures. You will focus on different rhythms, caller response and polly rhythms. Then you will work as a group playing multiple parts together and lead, developing your leadership skills

Half term 3: Music Theory: You will work individually through watching videos and using a virtual keyboard to develop your listening skills understanding about : Meter and time signatures, Rets, dots & ties, sharps, flats and Naturals, scale & semitones, major scales, tempo and expression.

Half Term 4: Ground Base performance: You will explore Pachelbel Canon and learn about composing music and arrangement. You will then create your own ground base and compose music in the same style.

Half Term 5: Reggae Music: You will listen to the Three Little Birds performance and around other Reggae pieces and infusion with modern music. You will arrange and perform Three Little Birds using keyboard/ Ukulele. If possible you will also develop oral skills and sing alongside in time and tune.

Half Term 6: Composing a piece of music to a given brief

 

Years 12 and 13

Music

QUALIFICATION: A-Level Music (9MU0)
AWARDING BODY: Pearson

Why study Music?
Music enables creative learning. It allows communication in a unique language. It enables students to express themselves. It broadens horizons. It is varied and interesting, and a journey of discovery. It has links to real life. It is academically rigorous. It is well respected by top universities. It is fulfilling and challenging.

What will I learn?
The music specification involves the study of musical styles and traditions, performance and composition. The course will develop your performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), composing and analytical skills by studying selected pieces of music from 1600 to the present day. You will study vocal music, instrumental music, music for film, popular music and jazz, fusions and new directions.

How will I learn?
Studying A-level music will give students the opportunity to perform, compose and appreciate different genres of music. The course will develop critical and creative thinking and aesthetic and emotional awareness. Students will have many opportunities to make music individually and in a group. Through studying the set works, students are able to conduct in-depth studies into a variety of musical styles while placing these within a wider context.

How will I be assessed?
Component 1: Performing Non-examined assessment: externally assessed [30%]
Component 2: Composing Non-examined assessment: externally assessed [30%]
Component 3: Appraising Written examination: 90 minutes [40%]

What are the entry requirements?
5 GCSE at 9 – 4 (or equivalent) including English and Maths and grade 5 or above in GCSE music. Grade 5 or equivalent in instrumental studies is preferred.

Possible Careers/Future Pathways:
The course allows students to develop their knowledge and performance skills, enabling them to progress onto undergraduate music/music technology degree courses. The skills developed throughout the course are also transferable for further studies in other areas and the job market. An A Level in music is highly valued by many as it demonstrates your willingness to dedicate your time to continuously improving your abilities.