Music

Year 7

Year 7 work is based on various themes, bringing together the integration of musical cultures and music traditions worldwide, from 1600 to the present day. This course provides complete coverage of the national curriculum. The music scheme of work helps develop a positive attitude towards different cultures, notions and ideas, and helps to contextualize music and the trends associated with it. Music is an enjoyable and motivating course, it develops creative skills, improves self-motivational skills, interpretation, critical awareness, performance, presentation skills and techniques. Below you will find a description of the topics and skills normally taught each term

Unit 1: Night and day
This unit looks at how different composers have used the elements of music to describe different times of the night and day through music from different times and places.

Unit 2: Rhythm and Pulse
This unit develops pupils’ awareness of the importance of pulse as a fundamental upon which music is built and performed.

Unit 3: Form and Structure
This unit begins by exploring question and answer phrases as one of the simplest types of musical structures.

Unit 4: Folk Music
During this unit, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of folk music as a musical genre.

Unit 5: The Orchestra
This unit develops pupils’ understanding about orchestral instruments and families/sections of orchestral instruments

Unit 6: Pictures at an exhibition
This unit aims to explore how pictures and art can provide the inspiration and stimulus for composition.

Year 8

Year 8 work is based on various themes, bringing together the integration of musical cultures and music traditions worldwide, from 1600 to the present day. This course provides complete coverage of the national curriculum. The music scheme of work helps develop a positive attitude towards different cultures, notions and ideas, and helps to contextualize Music and the trends associated with it. Music is an enjoyable and motivating course, it develops creative skills, improves self-motivational skills, interpretation, critical awareness, performance, presentation skills and techniques. Below you will find a description of the topics and skills normally taught each term

Unit 1: African Music
This unit explores the main rhythmic musical features and devices used in African music, particularly the African drumming tradition of West Africa. Pupils learn to perform different drum strokes on a drum before composing, performing and improvising simple rhythms, turning these into cyclic rhythms. These are then combined to form a polyrhythmic texture, characteristic of much African music.

Unit 2: Offbeat
This unit explores reggae music and the culture it comes from. After exploring the origins of reggae music as one of a number of different styles of Caribbean music, pupils learn about the importance of bass lines in reggae music and how offbeat chords are a key feature of music of this genre.

Unit 3: Variations
This unit develops pupils’ ability to recognise, explore and make creative use of the elements of music found in variation form.

Unit 4: Introducing jazz and Improvisation
This unit develops pupils’ understanding of bass lines and chords as a harmonic foundation upon which a melody can be constructed upon and as a foundation for improvisation

Unit 5 : Indian Music
In this unit, pupils will examine how music is used and performed in a non Western culture (India).

Unit 6: Music from outer space
This unit begins by exploring Holst’s “The Planets” to explore the connection between Music and Space and to provide a stimulus for creative composition work.

Year 9

Year 9 work is based on various themes, bringing together the integration of musical cultures and music traditions worldwide, from 1600 to the present day. This course provides complete coverage of the national curriculum. The music scheme of work helps develop a positive attitude towards different cultures, notions and ideas, and helps to contextualize Music and the trends associated with it. Music is an enjoyable and motivating course, it develops creative skills, improves self-motivational skills, interpretation, critical awareness, performance, presentation skills and techniques. Below you will find a description of the topics and skills normally taught each term.

Unit 1: Soundtracks
This unit puts pupils in the position of a film soundtrack composer and explores the challenges and devices used in film soundtrack composition.
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Unit 2: Rock and Roll
This unit introduces pupils to the genre of Rock ‘n’ Roll and its emergence in the 1950’s.

Unit 3: Minimalism
This unit develops pupils’ understanding of polyrhythmic music and contemporary minimalist styles exploring how different polyrhythmic textures and musical conventions are used by minimalist composers including the use of repetitive and changing rhythmic and melodic motifs in different styles of minimalist music.

Unit 4: Popular Song
Learning, Listening, Composing & Evaluating Activities In this unit, pupils explore the genre of popular song, learning how different artists and groups have created different musical arrangements of the same song.

Unit 5: Fanfares
This unit begins by exploring the history, origins and various uses of Fanfares. Students explore instruments suitable for performing Fanfares and learn about the Harmonic Series, using this to perform a traditional military Fanfare - “The Last Post”.

Unit 6: Musicals
This unit explores songs and music from the stage, beginning with an exploration into “What makes up a musical

GCSE Music

GCSE is made up of three components; these are composing, performing and appraising music. This course provides comprehensive coverage of various musical genres. Students must submit two compositions based on two of the areas of study, One solo performance and one ensemble performance and study twelve set works. The course helps develop a positive attitude towards different cultures, notions and ideas, and helps to contextualize music and the trends associated with it. Music is an enjoyable and motivating course, it develops creative skills, improves self-motivational skills, performance and presentation skills and techniques .

Year 10

Term 1 and 2: This includes the study of the core content, rudiments and theory of music; this is needed as a basis for all other components of the course. Although students may have some prior knowledge of this, it is vital that they gain a comprehensive knowledge as to how music is formulated.

Term 3 and 4: Composing - A study of common compositional techniques and ideas is undertaken. Practice sessions are implemented using traditional notation and other forms of composition. This term the completion of one coursework piece should be finished.

Term 5 and 6: A detailed study of six of the set works, followed by practice questions. The performing part of the course can be undertaken at any time. It is essential that students seek tuition on an instrument or voice and work with a specialist tutor to perfect a performance of the required standard.

Year 11

Term 1: Composing - This term the completion of the second coursework piece should be done and if necessary the first composition piece should be re- submitted.

Term 2: A detailed study of six of the set works, followed by practice questions and revision sessions.

Term 3: The submission of all components including performance. The performing part of the course can be undertaken at any time. It is essential that pupils seek tuition on an instrument or voice and work with a specialist tutor to perfect a performance of the required standard.

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