Music

The Music Department provides a high quality music curriculum as well as a full range of opportunities for practical music-making at all levels of ability. Pupils have access to a varied curriculum that covers a wide range of Music Genres.

The Music classroom is an ICT suite and provides different Music packages to cater for all ability.

The Music Department and practice rooms are relatively new. There are 4 practice rooms and a recording studio. The practice rooms are bookable and have a range of new instruments available for all.

 

 

Year 7 are taught once a week, hourly lessons. The lessons cover skills such as performing, rehearsing, composing, listening and many other skills.

Term 1 – Cbeebies Programme

Rhythm and Notation. During the first term, Year 7 complete a topic on Rhythm. This is based on them composing a track for their own CBEEBIES programme.

They create their own programme suitable for under 6’s. They then compose the music to go with that programme. They write this down using correct rhythms and notation. They then transfer this to the computers using Logic and create their own tracks. This covers Rhythm, Notation and ICT Skills.

Term 2 – The 60’s (2 parts)

The first part of the 60’s unit is looking at music from the 60’s. Pupils gain knowledge about the Media’s view, forming opinions and the reality of how the 60’s really was.

During this first unit, the pupils have a choice of 3 pieces from the 60’s to perform on keyboard. This is assessed. Also during this first part, pupils work on a group project based around a 60’s band and they perform a presentation to the class. This is also assessed.

The second part of the 60’s is looking at Music in the Industry. The aim is to teach pupils the skills they would need to produce a CD of their own. The class come up with the song lyrics together and then they all get a different job that contribute to the creation of the CD and publicising the band. These Jobs include promotions manager, recording artists, tour managers etc.

They produce a CD of their track with a Music Video that is produced in their drama lesson.

Term 3 – The Orchestra

During this final term the pupils learn about instruments of the Orchestra. They are taught to recognise not only the sounds of the instruments, but what they look like and their role within an Orchestra.

They then go on to compose a piece of Music based on a graphic score and they focus on the role of the conductor and how to conduct a piece in parts successfully. This gives them an idea of how an orchestra really works. They use graphic score as it is easy to follow and they can experiment with sounds and body percussion based on a theme of their choice.

Year 8 are taught once a week, hourly lessons. The lessons cover skills such as performing, rehearsing, composing, listening and many other skills.

Term 1 – Harmony – Baroque

The first term is split into 2.

For the first half of this term, pupils learn about Harmony. This is quite a complicated unit. Pupils learn all the notes of the keyboard, sharps and flats included. They learn the difference between Major and Minor Chords and how to create them. They learn about how to perform chords in different shapes.

They then try to perform a piece of Music that contains major and minor chords.

The second half of the term pupils study Baroque Music. Here they learn about the keyboard instrument used in the Baroque period and certain features of the Music. They learn to play Pachelbel’s Canon on the keyboard. They can then input the different layers onto Logic or Sibelius. This is also assessed depending on the skills that they cover.

Term 2 – R’N’B

The first half of term pupils work on R’N’B. This follows on well from Baroque as they study Ground bass. They look at characteristics of R’n’B and then try to perform a piece in the first lesson. They then go on to create their own R’n’B tracks. They create a bass riff, add a drum beat and then come up with a rap to go over the top. This is performed to the class.

Blues – The second half of this term, pupils work on Blues. They learn the 12 bar chord structure and listen to different examples of this. They are in groups for this topic. They come up with Lyrics following the AAB pattern. They then create a blues track and then sing and improvise in the relevant parts.

Term 3 – Musical Futures

During this final term the pupils learn what it’s like to perform within a band. The pupils will learn to play electric or bass Guitar, Drum Kit or keyboard. They will have different roles within the band. They take ownership of this lesson, creating their own objectives and taking responsibility for their own bands. They look at the importance of team work and what it takes to be in a band. They select music from a booklet. The booklet contains all the information that pupils need to complete the task. They are trying to teach themselves the relevant skills based on the information given. They are assessed on this unit.

Year 9 are taught once a week, hourly lessons. The lessons cover skills such as performing, rehearsing, composing, listening and many other skills.

Term 1 – Theme and Variation

The first term is split into two.

For the first half of this term, pupils learn about Theme and Variation. They look at different ways themes are varied. They compose their own variations based on the Theme ‘Goyte’ somebody like I used to know. They do this on the computer programme Logic.

The second half of the term pupils study Reggae Music. Here they learn about the different characteristics and features of Reggae Music. They listen to different reggae artists ranging from Bob Marley through to Bruno Mars. We then look at how ‘3 little birds’ is constructed and they record the separate parts onto computer. When this is complete, we perform the whole piece as a class ensemble.

Term 2 – Musical Futures 2

The first half of term pupils work on Musical Futures 2. After having experience of band work in Year 8, pupils should now know what is expected of them in bands. They can choose a different instrument to last time. They take ownership of this lesson, creating their own objectives and taking responsibility for their own bands. They look at the importance of team work and what it takes to be in a band. They select music from a booklet or they can choose their own music. If they choose their own music then they need to bring this in and organise everything for themselves. They are assessed on this unit.

Club Dance Music – The second half of this term, pupils work on Club Dance Music. We look at different versions of the same song, Radio edits and Original Tracks. Pupils use Garage Band for this unit. They can use this or logic. Garage band is easier to use.

Some pupils will create a club track arrangement using loops from Garage band, some pupils will use logic and be able to have a mix of samples and create their own to make a piece of Club Dance Music unique to them.

BTEC pupils are taught three times a week, hourly lessons. The lessons cover areas from the AQA syllabus.
The BTEC First qualifications have core and option specialist units. This is taught over 120 guided learning hours (GLH).

Learners must complete the two core units and a choice of optional specialist units to reach a total of 120 guided learning hours (GLH).

The two core units are:

1. Individual Showcase: Pupils will understand the skills required for the selected progression opportunity. Students will work on singing/musical skills and techniques—accuracy of pitch, rhythm and timing, style tone, dynamics and tempo, musicality and working with sound accompaniment.

Learners will perform two contrasting pieces on their instrument each lasting two minutes and will also write a letter of application highlighting all the skills they have learnt over the first year. This is externally marked.

2. Preparation, Performance and production:

Learners will take part in the preparations for a live performance/concert and understand a performance role.

Our optional specialist unit is:

6. Music Performance Skills: explore and develop your music performance skills and review your own practice with a practice log/video.

Use your Music performance skills within rehearsal and performance.

GCSE pupils are taught three times a week, hourly lessons. The lessons cover areas from the AQA syllabus.

Throughout the year lessons each week will be divided into three.

1. Understanding Music 20%

This will be based on listening and understanding music. Listening. Pupils will be asked questions on each AOS and they will be explored through three strands. The western classical tradition, popular music of the 20th and 21st centuries and World Music.

2. Performing Unit 40%

Students will work on a solo or ensemble performance to be assessed at the end of each half term. Performances must be accompanied by either notated score, lead sheet or guide/original recording. Performances can be done at any time during the course. They will be given set dates in Year 11.

3. Composing unit 40% – 2 compositions

Students need to compose two pieces of music over the course. One must be in response to a set strand which is announced by the Board. This year the focus is Western Classical Music. This is 10%. They also need to appraise their work and indicate their link to the strand. This is completed in controlled conditions. This is externally marked.

Students compose a piece in their own style. This is marked internally but sent to be moderated (20%).

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