Music

Music HeaderThe classroom program is divided into three assessed areas:

  •  Performing Skills
  •  Composing Skills
  •  Appraising Skills

In each year students develop their skills through a variety of classroom activities and complete assessment tasks relating to the three assessed areas through given units of study.

Year 7: Rhythm– All pupils learn how to read Western classical rhythms (Crotchet, Quavers, Semi-quavers). They are then asked to create a four bar phrase. Pupils are then given extension tasks in accordance to their own progression and ability. The performance has walked pupils through notation, ensemble rehearsal/performance and composition techniques.
Ukulele- Pupils have the chance to learn an instrument in this scheme. Pupils learn the techniques of the instrument before moving on to learning chords and strumming patterns. In small groups pupils are given a song that they must re-create on the ukulele with a vocal performance.

Finally in year 7 pupils are introduced to music technology. Pupils learn how to use Apple Mac computers specifically Garageband. Key concepts of sampling and music construction are introduced. Pupils also learn about structure and form in music. Assessment takes the form of creating a piece using music technology in a given structure.

Year 8: Dance music– All pupils learn the conventions of Dance music from the 20th Century. Pupils will learn how to use Apple computers (Garageband). Pupils then explore the conventions of dance with the other musical conventions including structure and form. Pupils will learn how to use music technology to develop a composition. The assessment of this work is done through a class performance of their work and peer assessment.
Band Project- Pupils have the chance to learn either Guitar, vocals, drums or keyboard to a specific piece of music. Different types of notation are studied enabling pupils to experience a real life performing situation. Pupils push their ensemble skills from the previous years performing on different instruments within the same group.

Year 9: Band Project- Pupils have the chance to learn either Guitar, vocals, drums or keyboard to a specific piece of music. Different types of notation are studied enabling pupils to experience a real life performing situation. Pupils push their ensemble skills from the previous years performing on different instruments within the same group.  The difference from year 8 to year 9 involves harder instrumental parts, improved instrumental technique and performance development.

Sequencing: Pupils develop their Garageband skills further with this GCSE scheme. Pupils develop their music theory skills by having to realise a piece of music onto the computer. This enables pupils in year 9 to understand music score and be able to write for many different instruments.