Music

Year 7

Autumn Term

Students are introduced to the Music Department and begin to learn about the building blocks of music. They compose music from a theme and use the musical elements of pitch, timbre,dynamics,rhythm, duration and tempo. They learn about structures in music and are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra. During December the focus is on singing.

Spring Term

Year 7 work on a skills building project and are introduced to Chord work through playing Ukuleles, Rhythm playing through the drum kit and notation through keyboard work. They will work on a rotation to build these skills and develop a repertoire of music on each instrument. Assessment will be through performance and written test to see how much theory they have learned during the module.

Summer Term

Year 7 begin to learn about Folk Music from the British Isles,Students use chords they have learned in the previous units to perform drunken Sailor. Students then begin to develop Folk Music from other countries and compose music suitable for this region.

Year 8

Autumn Term

Students learn about the Blues and its origins. They perform the Blues Scale and the 12 bar blues and learn how to improvise. They are introduced to Blues artists such as Bessie Smith and investigate how the Blues was used in slavery through song analysis

Spring Term

Year 8 are given the opportunity to choose an instrument, including singing, of their choice and develop their performance skills. They are required to choose one piece of their own choice to perform and two from set works. This follows the Trinity rock and pop syllabus and assessment is taken from this. Students will perform live to their peers.

Summer Term

Students learn about music from around the world and perform a Samba Batucada. They are introduced to Carnival music and rhythms associated with this genre. They also perform African music using drums.

Year 9

Autumn Term

Students are learning about the origins of Rock ‘n’ Roll and perform “Heart and Soul” using the chord structure which goes with the song. They also compose their own Rock ‘n’ Roll song. The history of youth culture in the 50’s and 60’s is investigated.

Spring Term

Year 9 learn about Reggae and are working on a whole class performance of 3 little birds. Incorporated into this is the history of Reggae and its roots. Students will be recorded and perform as a class.

Summer Term

Students learn about Rap music and its place in society. They learn to play Lose Yourself on the keyboards and perform as a whole class

Year 10

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Year 11

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Autumn Term

Students are work on the Haydn and Beatles analysis of the set works

Spring Term

Year 11 GCSE are work on Unit 2 compositions which has been set by the examining board. They have a choice of themes to compose to and listening activities are linked to this and completed for homework.

Summer Term

Revision sessions in preparation for their GCSE exam