Music

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In year 7 all students learn to play the flute or clarinet during their music lessons as part of the Musical Opportunities Scheme. This happens either during term one or term two. There is then the opportunity to take part in the Extended Musical Opportunities in the summer term, where students can continue with lessons in smaller groups and develop their playing skills further.

Year 7

Term 1

The Elements of Music Students will learn about the different elements of music. These are Pitch, Tempo, Dynamics, Texture, Structure, Silence, Rhythm, Timbre. They will complete composition, performing and listening tasks based on the elements of music.

Singing Students will learn the correct posture and techniques for singing. They will perform as a soloist and/or as an ensemble. They will also learn harmony lines.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students will be set homework to learn key words and may require help with this. You can encourage your child to describe the elements of music when you are listening to music and also practice their singing at home.

Term 2

Rhythm Students will learn about different note values and rhythm patterns. Students will use these to compose rhythm pieces and perform these to the rest of the class.

Pitch Students will learn the notes of the treble clef on the stave. They will learn how to play well known melodies on the keyboard and perform these to the rest of the class.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students will be set homework to learn the note values and note names and may require help with this. musictheory.net is a great website to help with this.

Term 3

Pitch continued Students will use their knowledge of note names and values to compose their own piece using the music software Sibelius. This will be performed to the class.

Samba Students will learn about the origins of Samba music. They will perform a samba piece as a class and then compose their own Samba piece.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students will be asked to learn the key musical features of Samba and may require some help with this.

Year 8

Term 1

Blues Students will learn the historical background to Blues music and how it evolved over time. They will learn the 12 Bar Blues sequence in C on the keyboard (or guitar for those already learning to play the guitar) and perform the ‘Jackass Blues’ to the class. They will then compose and perform their own Blues piece, including writing their own appropriate Blues lyrics and attempting improvisation and a walking bass line.

Rhythm Chants Students will develop their knowledge of rhythms and rhythm patters to compose and perform a chant in groups. The chant will be performed as a round, with a focus on performance techniques and articulation.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students will be set homework to learn key words and may require help with this. musictheory.net is a useful website to help with rhythm values.

Term 2

Rock and Roll This topic lasts for the whole of term 2. Students will sing and perform many different Rock and roll songs as a class and this includes looking at Rock and Roll dance moves. Students will use the sequencing software Cubase to individually create a sequenced performance of the Rock and Roll song ‘Let’s Dance’. Students will then work in groups to compose and perform their own Rock and Roll song, including writing their own lyrics.
Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topic they are studying.
How to help: It would be beneficial if students could be exposed to examples of Rock and Roll or music influenced by Rock and Roll, at home.

Term 3

Ternary Form Students will compose and perform a piece in Ternary Form (ABA) with the percussion instruments. This topic helps to develop students understand of Form and Structure in music.

Adverts Students will create a piece of music to advertise a product of their own design. This will be completed in groups and students have the option of using the iMacs, iPads, percussion instruments or keyboards to complete this topic.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students will be asked to explore different musical forms. BBC Bitesize and musictheory.net will support this. Students could evaluate the music used in adverts when they are watching the television.

Year 9

Term 1

Reggae Students will study Reggae music and develop an understanding of it’s origins. They will create a sequenced performance of ‘Buffalo Soldier’ by Bob Marley. They will then compose and perform their own Reggae song in groups, including writing their own lyrics.

Rap Students will develop an understanding of the origins of Rap. They will perform the piece ‘It’s Like That’ by Run DMC in a group. They will the compose and perform their own rap piece, including writing their own lyrics.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: It would be beneficial if students could be exposed to examples of Reggae and Rap, or music influenced by these, at home.

Term 2

Variations Students will use the software Sibelius to create a set of variations for ‘Twinkle Twinkle Little Star’. This task is completed individually.

Minimalism Students will study the piece ‘Tubular Bells’ and create a group performance of this. Students will then compose and perform their own minimalism piece in groups using the xylophones and glockenspiels.

Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topic they are studying.
How to help: Students will be asked to learn key words at home and they made need support with learning these.

Term 3

Film Music This topic will last for all of term three. Students will evaluate current film music and describe the elements of music and other musical features. They will then choose a film clip and compose their own piece of music on either Cubase or GarageBand, to fit with the chosen film clip.
Homework: Students will have homework every other week and this will be related to the topics that they are studying.
How to help: Students could evaluate the music used in films and on tv programmes in order to develop further understanding within this area.

Year 10

Term 1

Performing Students will perform a solo piece to the class and will be marked using the GCSE criteria.

Composition Students will complete two short compositions based on the Areas of Study.

Listening and Appraising Students will study the set works from Area of Study 3. These are ‘All Blues’ by Miles Davis, ‘Grace’ by Jeff Buckley and ‘Why Does My Heart Feel So Bad’ by Moby. Students will complete a number of activities on each of the pieces, including a listening test and essay.

Homework: Students will have homework every week and these will be based on listening and appraising or performance tasks.
How to help:
www.musictheory.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Apple Apps: Spotify for set works recordings, EarTraining/Trainer, Aural Trainer, Music Tutor, GarageBand.

Term 2

Performing Students will perform a solo piece to the class and will be marked using the GCSE criteria. They will also perform an ensemble piece which will be created with the other members of the class.

Compostion Students will complete one short composition based on the Areas of Study.

Listening and Appraising Students will study the set works from Area of Study 1. These are ‘And the Glory of the Lord’ by Handel, ‘Sonata in G’ by Mozart and ‘Raindrop Prelude’ by Chopin. Students will complete a number of activities on each of the pieces, including a listening test and essay.

Homework: Students will have homework every week and these will be based on listening and appraising or performance tasks.
How to help:
www.musictheory.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Apple Apps: Spotify for set works recordings, EarTraining/Trainer, Aural Trainer, Music Tutor, GarageBand.

Term 3

Performing Students will perform a solo piece to the class and will be marked using the GCSE criteria.

Composition Students will complete one short compositions based on Areas of Study 2.

Listening and Appraising Students will study the set works from Area of Study 2. These are ‘Peripetie’ by Schoenberg, ‘Something’s Coming’ by Bernstein and ‘Electric Counterpoint’ by Reich. Students will complete a number of activities on each of the pieces, including a listening test and essay.

Homework: Students will have homework every week and these will be based on listening and appraising or performance tasks.
How to help:
www.musictheory.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Apple Apps: Spotify for set works recordings, EarTraining/Trainer, Aural Trainer, Music Tutor, GarageBand.

Year 11

Term 1

Performing Students will perform a solo piece to the class and will be marked using the GCSE criteria.

Composition Students will complete their first controlled assessment during this term. The composition must be based on one of the Areas of Study. Students are allowed up to ten hours to complete their composition. It must be completed at school under supervision.

Listening and Appraising Students will study the set works from Area of Study 4. These are ‘Skye Waulking Song’ by Capercaillie, ‘Rag Desh’ and ‘Yiri’ by Koko. Students will complete a number of activities on each of the pieces, including a listening test and essay. Students will also complete their mock exam during this term.

Homework: Students will have homework every week and these will be based on listening and appraising or performance tasks. Students will also spend some of their homework time planning their composition controlled assessment. They will also be required to revise for their mocks.
How to help:
www.musictheory.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Apple Apps: Spotify for set works recordings, EarTraining/Trainer, Aural Trainer, Music Tutor, GarageBand.

Term 3

Performing This element will be completed by this point in the course.

Composition This element will be completed by this point in the course.

Listening and Appraising Students will complete a number of revision tasks. They will complete a number of exam style listening tests and part of the focus will be the extended answer.

Homework: Students will have homework every week and these will be based on listening and appraising or performance tasks.

Students will also spend some of their homework time planning their composition controlled assessment.

How to help:
www.musictheory.net
BBC GCSE Bitesize
Apple Apps: Spotify for set works recordings, EarTraining/Trainer, Aural Trainer, Music Tutor, GarageBand.