Music Curriculum Plans

Year 7 Autumn

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What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
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The Elements of Music and Keyboard Skills

Learning the key musical language, identifying all the notes on the keyboard, and playing one-handed melodies smoothly. Working independently and collaboratively on Performance skills and Listening and Appraising skills.

Confident performances, which show good piano technique (use of correct fingers), an awareness of how the elements of music can be used to create an expressive performance.

The ability to articulate how the elements of music have been used to create a variety of moods, and recognise a range of instruments from listening.

 

Students perform Song of the Bluebird to the class for assessment.

Students are also assessed on Listening and Appraising each lesson by the work in their booklets.

 

Year 7 Spring

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Ukulele Skills

Ability to read both chords and melodies from TAB. Play a range of chords both separately and in a sequence in time with others.

Confidently able to change between chords whilst maintaining a strumming rhythm. Ability to give feedback to others on improving their ukulele technique.

Beginning to access barre chords and explore a variety of rhythmic patterns.

End of unit performance assessment. Theory and listening and appraising work assessed formatively through booklets. 

Year 7 Summer

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Samba Music

Team work, performance and leadership skills.

Students can maintain their rhythm while others are playing contrasting parts. Ability to play and compose syncopated (off-beat) rhythms will enable students to access the highest levels. Opportunity to lead ensemble and direct them from one section to the next, leading call and responses too.

Performance skills will be assessed in a whole class performance piece. Students compose their contribution to the whole class piece and are assessed through their application of notation and rhythmic devices.

 

Year 8 Autumn

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Keyboard Skills 2

Students will strengthen their piano skills through learning Fur Elise. Students will begin learning the note positions on the stave and work on their two-handed piano technique.

Confidently able to perform Fur Elise, with the melody part in the right hand and accompanying part in the left hand. The performance is fluent and expressive.

Students perform Fur Elise to the class for assessment.

Students’ theory and Listening and Appraising work is assessed each lesson in their booklets.

 

Year 8 Spring

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The Blues

An understanding into the slave trade, and how this changed American popular music. Perform the 12-bar blues on the keyboard and improvise using the blues scale.

Students who can confidently play the 12-bar blues chord sequence with a bass line. And improvise showing development, contrast and an ability to syncopate rhythms to make the improvisation in keeping with the style.

End of unit performance of 12-bar blues with improvisation (AT1, AT2) Listening and appraising assessed formatively through booklet work.

Year 8 Summer

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Dance Music

Composition and ICT skills.

Students can compose the component parts for a piece of electronic dance music (rhythm, bass line, chord sequence, and melody) as well as creatively choosing instrument sounds and using effects. Skills such as panning and tracking the dynamics will enable students to create an exciting end product.

Students work is assessed through a final performance/presentation of their composition.

 

Year 9 Autumn

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What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
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Area of Study 2 – The Concerto Through Time.

Composition to a brief

Overview of history of classical music, the solo concerto and concerto grosso and how it changes from the Baroque era through to the Romantic era.

Working collaboratively to create a song suitable for the Christmas show.

Confidently using key musical language to articulate how the elements of music are used in the Concerto from a range of musical eras.

Contributing musical ideas, which then get developed to create a piece which is idiomatic of the style and has a wide range of musical elements.

Students are assessed through an end of unit listening and appraising assessment on Concerto Through Time.

Students perform their compositions to the teacher for assessment.

Year 9 Spring

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Area of Study 3 – Rhythms of the World. 

Area of Study 4 - Film Music

Analysis and Evaluation skills.

Students will be able to identify from listening a range of instruments from a variety of cultures, including Classical Indian, Bhangra, Calypso, Samba, Africa and the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Comment accurately on the key features of each.

End of unit assessment on Film Music and Rhythms of the World.

Practical Component – Free Choice Composition.

Composition skills

Students can confidently use key musical vocabulary to explain how the composer has effectively created a mood to accompany film and games, manipulating the audience into having a specific emotional response.

Creative ideas which are developed, structured and contrasted with.

Formative assessment on composition ideas and development so far.

Year 9 Summer

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Area of Study 5: Conventions of Pop

An understanding of how popular music has developed since 1950s rock and roll.

Students can correctly identify a variety of musical features from Rock and Roll of the 50s and 60s, Rock Anthems of the 70s and 80s, and Pop Ballads of the 90s to present day.

Students are assessed through on end of unit listening and appraising paper.

 

Year 10 Autumn

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What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
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Area of Study 2 – The Concerto Through Time.

 

Area of Study 4 - Film Music

Overview of history of classical music, the solo concerto and concerto grosso and how it changes from the Baroque era through to the Romantic era.

Understanding of how the elements of music are combined and used to create moods and atmosphere. 

Confidently using key musical language to articulate how the elements of music are used in the Concerto from a range of musical eras.

Analysis of how the composer's intentions manipulate the listener.

Students are assessed with a end of unit listening assessment.

Free Composition

Working independently to compose a piece of music for submission in year 11.

Clear development of musical ideas, within a structure which shows a thorough understanding of stylistic conventions and creatively uses these.

Composition is formatively assessed by the teacher and they are given the opportunity to improve their work.

Year 10 Spring

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Area of Study 3 – Rhythms of the World

Practical Component – Solo Performance

Practical Component – Free Choice Composition

Analysis and Evaluation skills 

Performance Skills; solo and ensemble.

Composition skills

Students will be able to identify from listening a range of instruments from a variety of cultures, including Classical Indian, Bhangra, Calypso, Samba, Africa and the Mediterranean and the Middle East.

Comment accurately on the key features of each of these types of music.

End of unit assessments on Rhythms of the world.

Composition summative assessment and recording at end of term.

Year 10 Summer

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
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Area of Study 5: Conventions of Pop

An understanding of how popular music has developed since 1950s rock and roll.

Students can correctly identify a variety of musical features from Rock and Roll of the 50s and 60s, Rock Anthems of the 70s and 80s, and Pop Ballads of the 90s to present day.

Students are assessed through on end of unit listening and appraising paper.

 

Year 11 Autumn

What are we learning?
What Knowledge, Understanding and Skills will we gain?
What will excellence look like?
How will these be assessed?

Area of Study 2 – The Concerto Through Time.

Overview of history of classical music, the solo concerto and concerto grosso and how it changes from the Baroque era through to the Romantic era.

Confidently using key musical language to articulate how the elements of music are used in the Concerto from a range of musical eras.

Students submit Concerto Through Time essay questions for teacher assessment.

Students will sit a Mock Examination Paper in Listening and Appraising.

Composition to a brief

Working independently to compose to a choice of stimuli set by OCR exam board.

Clear use of stimulus throughout which has been developed in a creative manner. Instrumental writing which shows full use of range and understanding of the instrument’s capabilities.

Students have to perform or present a recording and score for teacher assessment.

Year 11 Spring

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Exam preparation

Area of Study revision

Theory and melodic dictation

Coursework completion - performances (solo and ensemble) recorded, compositions recorded and submitted for marking and moderation.

Final GCSE Written paper

Listening and Appraising