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CURRICULUM INTENT: MUSIC

Our aim is for all students to explore their creativity through performance, composing and analysing a wide variety of musical genres. We want our students to be able to work collaboratively to create successful ensemble performances as well as appreciating the self-discipline required to become a high-level solo musician. We want our students to develop their use of technical vocabulary and apply this when listening to music of a variety of times and places. Above all we want to expand our students’ appreciation and knowledge of the emotional impact music can have.

 

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The Music Department is housed in a separate purpose built suite consisting of one large classroom, a smaller classroom kitted out with MACs and two practice rooms. The space is equipped with a large range of instruments including keyboards, guitars, xylophones, drum kits, a range of untuned percussion, a full samba band as well as various orchestral instruments. The suite of MACs runs the music software Logic Pro 9 with some MACs also running Logic X and is used for teaching in Year 7 right through to Year 13. The classrooms and practice rooms are each equipped with a piano in addition to a Bechstein grand piano in the main School Hall and a further grand piano in the Sixth Form Hall. The department currently consists of one full time and one part time teacher of music with individual instrumental lessons provided by eleven specialist teachers.

Key Stage 3

Music is taught to all students once a week in Years 7 and 8. In Year 9, students opt for their GCSE course. Performing, composing, and listening and appraising are the primary components of Music at Key Stage 3. Students are encouraged to learn practically about different musical contexts and students perform and compose music in a variety of styles over the Key Stage.

GCSE and A Level

GCSE Music (OCR) is an option open to all students to follow in Year 9, 10 and 11. Music A level (AQA) is taught within the Sixth Form. Students also have access to a recording studio in the sixth form Avon building. Students in the Sixth Form are also welcomed to participate in extra-curricular musical activities.

Extra-Curricular

The school offers instrumental lessons on most instruments, and students are able to borrow instruments from the school to facilitate learning and are encouraged to purchase their own instrument as they become more proficient. The music department offers a wide range of extra-curricular musical activities including Session Band, Chamber Orchestra, Senior & Staff and Junior Choirs, String Group and Flute Group. All activities are open to students of all abilities and year groups including Sixth Form. They are run by both music staff and visiting teachers, and students work on new repertoire every term to develop their instrumental skills. All of our clubs are free of charge. Students have great opportunities to participate in concerts each year, particularly at Christmas and in the summer term as well as school productions.

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Music Department Schemes of Work

Year 7

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Unit 1 Classical Music

‘Spring’ Performance & Arrangement

Learning about the Baroque and Classical orchestra.

Playing classical music in groups and building ensemble skills.


 

Group Baroque performance

Autumn 2

Unit 1 Classical Music

‘Ode to Joy’ sequenced performance

Learning about iMacs and how to use these to create a sequence of ‘Ode to Joy’.


 

Paired Classical sequenced arrangement

Spring 1

Unit 2 Brazilian Dance Music

Samba Performance & Composition

Learning about different samba instruments and how they are played in a group.

Composing samba rhythms.

 Group Samba performance

Spring 2

Unit 2 Brazilian Dance Music

Calypso Performance & Arrangement

Learning how to play different parts of a calypso song in groups and building sequencing skills.

Paired Calypso sequenced arrangement

Summer

 

Unit 3 Cover Versions

Pop Music – Cover version arrangement and performance

Using computer software to create a backing track to sing along to.

Creating a cover version of a song in live bands.

 

Sequenced arrangement and live group performance

 

 

 

Year 8

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Unit 4 Blues Music

‘Jack-ass Blues’ Performance and Improvisation

Learning about the origins of blues music.

Understanding chords and scales in order to improvise in a group.

 

‘Jack-ass Blues’ group performance

Autumn 2

Unit 4 Blues Music

Blues Vocal Composition

Learning how to use computer software to compose a blues melody for voice.

Blues Vocal composition

Spring 1

Unit 5 Pop Music

Performance skills

Exploring pop music performance in pairs to create an expressive and accurate live performance.

Paired Pop performance

Spring 2

Unit 5 Pop Music

Riffs, vamps and groove

Exploring the use of drums, bass, chords and melody in popular music.

Creating a pop track.

Paired Pop sequenced composition

Summer 1

Unit 6 Program Music

‘Danse Macabre’ Composition

Learning how to create music to be played alongside another art form.

 

Danse Macabre Composition

Summer 2

Unit 6 Program music

Grieg Performance

Learning how to use the elements of music and applying this to a performance of romantic music.

Group Grieg Performance

 

Year 9

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn 1

Unit 7 Classical music

Developing GCSE listening skills based on Western Classical music

Learning how to analyse Baroque, Classical and Romantic music using the elements of music

 

Unit 8 Remixes

Remixing in a different genre

Learning how to use previous material to create a new remix in a different popular music style.

 

Unit 9 Music Theory

Completion of grade 1 (or higher) ABRSM Music Theory course.

Classical listening test

 

 

 

 

 

Remix track

 

 

 

 

Grade 1 ABRSM Music Theory Paper

Spring

Unit 10 Song Writing

Pop song composition

Learning how to create a song using lyrics, chords, bass and rhythm.

Understanding popular song form and conventions.

 

Unit 11 World Music

Bhangra performance and arrangement

Learning about Bhangra music and the key features of this style to create an authentic performance

 

Unit 12 Listening

Elements of music listening

Developing general GCSE listening skills in relation to the elements of music

Pop Song Composition 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bhangra performance

 

 

 

 

 

Listening test 

 

Summer

Unit 13 Film Music

Film Music Composition

Understanding how music is created for film.

Using technology to create music to suit a video extract.

 

Unit 14 Listening & Composition Preparation

GCSE level Composition and Listening

Creating a short composition, developing skills in relation to each element of music

Unit 15 Keyboard Skills

Learning correct keyboard skills to play graded pieces from the ‘Rock School’ syllabus.

‘Castaway’ Composition

 

 

 

 

 

Y9 end of year listening test

 

 

 

 

 Solo keyboard performance

Year 10

Specification: OCR

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn

Listening and Appraising:

Composition and Listening:

Creating a short composition, developing skills in relation to each element of music

General listening skills based around the elements of music across a variety of styles.

 

Composition:

Introduction to using logic for composition.

‘My Music’ composition coursework:

  • Composing a chord sequence
  • Composing a melody line
  • Lyric writing
  • Using a drum kit in logic

 

Performance:

Introduction to solo performing at GCSE.

Instrument specific requirements, finding appropriate pieces and selecting scores.

Mock solos performed at end of term.

In class listening tests

 


 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition verse/chorus

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mock solo performances

Spring

Listening and Appraising:

Area of Study 2: The Concerto Through Time

Learning background information and listening skills surrounding:

  • The Baroque Solo Concerto and Concerto Grosso
  • The Classical Solo Concerto
  • The Romantic Solo Concerto

 

Composition:

Continuation of ‘My Music’ composition 1 to include:

  • Completing drum part
  • How to compose for bass and using riffs
  • Structure of music
  • Texture and countermelodies

 

Performance:

Introduction to ensemble performing.

Finding appropriate pieces, rehearsing in groups and focusing on improving ensemble skills.

The Concerto Through Time listening test

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft 1 composition 1

 

 

 

 

 

Mock ensemble performances

Summer

Listening and Appraising:

Area of Study 4: Film Music

Learning background information and listening skills surrounding:

  • Music composed specifically for film
  • Western Classical music used within film
  • Music for video games

 

Composition:

Improvements to ‘My Music’ composition 1. Live vocals to be recorded if required.

 

Performance:

Final ensemble rehearsals.

Final GCSE performing pieces decided.

Film Music listening test

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final draft of composition 1

 

 

 

Mock solo/ensemble recordings

 

Year 11

Specification:  OCR

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn

Listening and Appraising:

Area of Study 5: Conventions of Pop

Learning background information and listening skills surrounding:

  • Rock ‘n’ Roll of the 1950s and 1960s
  • Rock Anthems of the 1970s and 1980s
  • Pop Ballads of the 1970s, 1980s and 1990s
  • Solo Artists from 1990 to the present day

 

Composition:

Begin composition 2 ‘Composition to a Brief’ coursework:

  • Melody writing/harmonising
  • Instrumental/style specific writing
  • Use of dynamics and articulation
  • Live vocal recording if appropriate

 

Performance:

Students to completely finalise solo and ensemble piece for final GCSE performance. All scores to be copied and ready for use.

Preparing for mock solo and ensemble performances.

Pop music listening test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

1st Draft Composition 2

 

 

 

 

 

Further mock solo and ensembles

Spring

Listening and Appraising:

Area of Study 3: Rhythms of the World

Learning background information and listening skills surrounding:

  • Indian Classical Music and Bhangra
  • Greek, Palestinian and Israeli folk music
  • African drumming
  • Calypso and Samba

 

Composition:

Improvements to ‘Composition to a Brief’ composition 2. Live vocals to be recorded if required.

Scores created and finalised for composition 1 and 2.

 

Performance:

Final preparation for solo and ensemble GCSE recordings to take place at the beginning of March.

Lessons will largely devoted to coursework completion, but upon submission, lessons will be revision of the four Areas of Study.

Rhythms of the World listening test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final GCSE composition grade/submission

 

 

 

 

Final GCSE performance grade/submission

Summer

Listening and Appraising:

Final preparations and revision of Areas of Study and exam technique ready for GCSE exam in summer term.

 

 

Y12 - Music

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn

Appraising Music:

Baroque Solo Concerto:

Introduction to the Baroque Period and background information on the elements of music and music theory.

Purcell Trumpet Sonata analysis and study.

Music for Theatre:

Introduction to Music for Theatre and background information on the elements of music and music theory.

Oklahoma! analysis and study of two pieces.

 

Composition:

1st draft of composition to a brief practise on sample brief of choice.

 

Performance:

Solo performance pieces selected and rehearsed ready for mock performance.

In class listening exercises and tests

Purcell listening test

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Draft 1 composition to a brief practise

 

 

 

Mock solo performance

Spring

Appraising Music:

Baroque Solo Concerto:

Purcell Trumpet Sonata analysis and study complete.

Vivaldi Flute Sonata analysis and study.

 

Music for Theatre:

Sweeney Todd analysis and study of two pieces.

 

Composition:

Improvements to and final draft of composition to a brief practise on sample brief of choice.

Begin free composition.

 

Performance:

Solo/ensemble/second instrument performance pieces selected and rehearsed ready for mock performance.

Vivaldi listening test

 

Musicals Essay/extended writing

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Final draft practise composition to a brief

 

 

 

Solo/ensemble/second instrument mock performance

Summer

Appraising Music:

Baroque Solo Concerto:

Vivaldi Flute Sonata analysis and study complete.

Bach violin Sonata analysis and study.

The Operas of Mozart:

Introduction to this style, key features and summer listening project start.

Music for Theatre:

Miss Saigon analysis and study of two pieces.

 

Composition:

Completion of first draft of free composition.

 

Performance:

Continue solo/ensemble/second instrument performance pieces selected and rehearsed ready for extended mock performance.

Bach listening test

 

Musicals Essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

First draft free composition

 

 

 

Solo/ensemble/second instrument mock performance

 

Year 12 exam

 

Y13 - Music

Specification:  AQA

 

Unit Descriptions

Landmark Assessments

Autumn

Appraising Music:

The Operas of Mozart:

Consolidate summer learning and exam style listening questions on this genre.

Romantic Piano Music:

Introduction to the Romantic Period and background information on the elements of music and music theory.

Chopin/Brahms pieces analysis and study.

Pop Music:

Introduction to Pop Music and background information on the elements of music and music theory.

Joni Mitchell analysis and study of two pieces.

 

Composition:

Improvements to free composition.

Completion of first draft of composition to a brief.

 

Performance:

Continue solo/ensemble/second instrument performance pieces selected and rehearsed ready for final mock performance.

Chopin/Brahms listening test

Pop Music essay

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Composition to a brief draft 1

 

 

 

Final mock performance

Spring

Appraising Music:

Romantic Piano Music:

Brahms/Grieg pieces analysis and study.

Pop Music:

Muse/Labrinth analysis and study of two pieces.

 

Composition:

Targets and improvements to be worked on ready for final coursework submission of both compositions. Score versions and recordings as necessary.

 

Performance:

Final solo/ensemble/second instrument performance pieces recorded in March.

Brahms/Grieg listening test

 

Mock A level exam

 

 

 

 

Final draft compositions

 

 

 

 

Final performances

Summer

Consolidation of course

Examination practice

Listening practice

A level examination