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Music

The curriculum of our school is a reflection of our school ethos, vision and ambition. We seek to develop the whole child so that they can access all that life can offer. This means that in addition to the explicit curriculum that ultimately leads to external certification, we seek to develop lifelong learners who are spiritually, culturally, digitally and financially literate, in addition to understanding how to remain healthy and safe through their lifestyle choices.

Our Quality First Teaching Principles:

  • Highly focused lesson design with sharp learning objectives
  • High demands of pupil involvement and engagement with their learning
  • High levels of interaction for all pupils
  • Appropriate use of questioning, modelling and explaining on the part of the teacher
  • An emphasis on learning through dialogue, with regular opportunities for pupils to talk both individually and in groups
  • An expectation that pupils will accept responsibility for their own learning and work independently
  • Regular use of encouragement and authentic praise to engage and motivate pupils

Curriculum vision

Intent

Improving creative confidence through performance, composition and an appreciation of different musical styles.

To promote a love of music across a broad curriculum. We want music lessons to be fun, inspiring and engaging. Through our music lessons pupils are actively involved in a wide range of musical opportunities. They develop their singing voices, use body percussion, and learn to handle and play classroom instruments effectively to create and express their own and others’ music. Through a range of whole class, group and individual activities, pupils have opportunities to explore how great pieces of music were put together, listen actively, compose and perform using traditional instruments and technology.

Subject Topics:

 

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Year 7

Rhythm and Pulse, body percussion and African drumming

Reading and writing music using the staff and graphic notation

The orchestra and film music – keyboard skills and music technology

 

Year 8

Carol of the Bells – Keyboards skills

Remixing Pachelbel’s Canon using music technology

Improvisation and the history of Blues music

Year 9

Basic notation

Elements of Music

Using terminology and recognising musical devices

Introduction to Composition

  • Rhythms
  • Short melodies
  • Chord sequences

Performance techniques

Solo and Ensemble Performance Opportunities

Year 10

AoS1: Forms and Devices

- Introduction to set work 1

Performing: How to meet the criteria

AoS 4: Popular Music

Class performance of set work 2

AoS 2: Music for Ensemble

- Performing in small ensembles

- Composing using texture and sonority

AoS 3: Film Music

- Composing to a brief

- Using Music Technology

Revisit of topics covered this year

Listening Assessment

Free Composition

Performance Assessment

 

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Year 11

AoS1: Forms and Devices

- Revisit set work 1

- Exam Techniques

- Recognition of features of baroque, classical and romantic periods

Select final choice of pieces for practical examination

Begin brief composition

AoS 4: Popular Music

- Revisit set work 2

- Bhangra and fusion

Continue work on performances

Complete brief composition and log

AoS 2: Music for Ensemble

Revisit and revise

Continue work on performances – begin recording

Revisit free composition

AoS3: Film Music

Revisit and revise

Complete all coursework and accompanying documentation

Exam practise

Exam practise questions

Discuss revision techniques

Appraising Examination

Year 12

Music Tech.

Introduction to assessment components

Recording techniques and MIDI

Exploring the mark scheme

Focus on analogue synthesisers/electric instruments

Practice brief sessions

Comparing analogue and digital effects

Practice brief project and revision

Mock Component 3 & 4 exam

Prep toward the A level set brief

Year 13

Advanced MIDI and sampling

Start the composition set brief

The impact of analogue technology

Studio interconnection, microphones and acoustics

Advanced audio editing

Identifying effects and their parameters

Mixing, mastering and production techniques

Work on coursework components

Complete brief and logs

Focus on exam techniques and final revision

Component 3 & 4 exams

Subject Impact:  Whilst in school, pupils have access to a varied programme allowing them to discover areas of strength, as well as areas they might like to improve upon. The integral nature of music and the learner creates an enormously rich palette from which a student may access fundamental abilities such as: achievement, self-confidence, interaction with and awareness of others, and self-reflection. Music will also develop an understanding of culture and history, both in relation to students individually, as well as ethnicities from across the world. Pupils are able to enjoy music, in as many ways as they choose- either as listener, creator or performer. They can dissect music and comprehend its parts. They have an understanding of how to further develop skills less known to them, should they choose to continue along this path in the future.

Qualification Pathways: GCSE (Eduqas), A-Level Music Technology (Edexcel)