MUSIC

INTRODUCTION

In Music, students get the opportunity to develop their creativity, team work, confidence and communication skills through a practical experience of the subject.  Students are taught by specialist teachers and have the opportunity to explore a variety of styles and genres from different cultures and time periods on keyboards, ukulele’s, percussion and vocals.   The music curriculum is relevant, engaging and accessible for all of our students.  It aims to equip them to become independent learners. It is designed so that students can develop the skills they currently have and learn new skills to help them develop into well balanced young people.

Students will be able to take part in a number of extra-curricular activities including the college Vocal Group, Wind Band and Music Clubs.  These activities will open further opportunities for external performances in amazing venues such as Gorton Monastery.

1. WHAT WILL I STUDY?

In Key Stage 3 students will study music whilst developing their listening, performing and composing skills.  Students will receive two half term blocks with two lessons of music per week in years 7, 8 and 9. Students will learn about the dimensions of music and they will learn to identify them whilst completing listening tasks on music from different genres from around the world.  Students will build their confidence on musical instruments including the keyboard, ukulele, percussion and singing.  They will get the opportunity to be creative and compose musical ideas within the genre they are studying.

At KS4 students can choose Music as an option and will build on their knowledge and gain more depth of understanding of the subject. Students will receive four lessons a fortnight in year 10 and 5 lessons a fortnight in year 11.  Students will specialise on a musical instrument and they will learn rehearsal techniques that will help them develop their skills and understand how to make the best possible progress.  As well as working on their solo performance skills students will develop their ensemble skills.  They will learn how to work with students with differing abilities and prepare for a live performance.

The students complete a Rock School Level 2 certificate in Performance or Technology and Composition.  Students will develop their understanding of working in the Performing Arts. They will complete 3 units over the course. Musical Knowledge, Instrumental Study and an external exam.  Students may choose a route that suits their individual skills – Performance or Technology and Composition.  Students who choose the performance route will plan, prepare and perform in front of a live audience.  Technology and Composition students will work on creating a short composition that includes audio recordings, studio effects and their own musical ideas.  Students will then evaluate their work.

2. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 7

Topics – Block 1

Samba

Dixieland

Gamelan Music

Topics – Block 2

R&B

Indie Rock

Pop with the Ukulele

3. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 8

Topics – Block 1

Indian Music

Baroque Music

The Ballad

Topics – Block 2

Rock and Roll

Film Music

4. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 9

Topics – Block 1

Musical Genres

Band Skills – Live Ensemble Performance

Topics – Block 2

Expression in Music – Live Solo Performance

Stage Presence – Theatrics in Music

5. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 10
Term 1
Music Theory – Understanding dimensions in music
Music Theory – Key features of Musical Genres
Examination prep – Repertoire / Composition Task
Rehearsal Techniques and skills audit and target setting
Performance study – Solo performance – Focus expression
Term 2
Music Theory  – Harmony /Chords
Music Theory – Key features of Musical Genres
Music Theory – How to complete an analysis of a song
Examination prep – Repertoire / Composition Task  –
Performance study – Ensemble performance – Focus timing/tempo
Understanding the rehearsal process, skills audit and target setting
Term 3
Mock Exam Performance or Composition
Performance – Plan, Rehearse, Perform 10min set and evaluate
Composition – Plan, Record audio ideas, Compose 3-5min piece , Evaluate
6. CURRICULUM IN YEAR 11

Term 1
Instrumental Study – Target setting and goals
Musical Knowledge – Research information on your two chosen genres
Instrumental Study – Health and safety/Care of your instrument
Musical Knowledge – Analysis of two songs from your chosen genre
Term 2
External Exam – Performance or Composition
Performance – Plan, Rehearse, Perform 10min set and evaluate
Composition – Plan, Record audio ideas, Compose 3-5min piece , Evaluate
Term 3
Instrumental Study – assessing progress and evaluation
Musical Knowledge – Record Presentations

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