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.