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Music

Subject: Music
Contact: Mrs R Tonon & Mrs C Scanlon 

Overview

All students study Music throughout Key Stage 3 for 2 hours per fortnight. At Key Stages 4 and 5, Music is an optional subject which leads to a GCSE or A level qualification.  Throughout each Key Stage students are immersed in practical music making through performance and composition as well as learning to listen to, appraise and write about music.  Students can choose to learn an instrument in private lessons provided by Music for Life in school, but all students will learn keyboard and singing skills in music lessons.

KEy stage 3 

Overview

Students are taught in mixed ability classes in Years 7, 8 & 9.  The curriculum is based on developing three skill areas which are examined at GCSE and A level; performing, composing, and listening and appraising.  Practical music making is core to the Key Stage 3 curriculum and students are taught to develop skills on the keyboard as a vehicle by which to present and engage with their learning.  Students will perform as soloists and in groups and write their own music, from song writing to film music.  The development of key vocabulary is essential and students will write about music they hear and/or perform.  The skills developed during Key Stage 3 are designed to ensure that students are set up to be successful at GCSE and beyond regardless of their previous musical experience.

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term

7

Baseline test

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Solo Performance Skills

Developing Vocal and composing skills

Developing Composition Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Ensemble Performance Skills

8

Developing Solo Performance Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Composition Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Ensemble Performance Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

9

Developing Solo Performance Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Composition Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Developing Ensemble Performance Skills

Listening and Appraising: Developing listening skills alongside in short lesson activities

Age related milestones

KEy stage 4 

Overview

Students who opt to take Music at Key Stage 4 will be taught in mixed ability option groups.  Students are taught in 5 hours per fortnight and would be expected to spend time outside of lessons developing their performing and composing skills.  Students can either sing or play an instrument for the performing element of the course and this is a choice that they make based on their own skills and areas of interest.  Students should be able to access the course through skills developed at Key Stage 3 and needn’t have had private music lessons.

Exam board and course

Eduqas GCSE Music (9-1)

Curriculum Content

Year

Autumn Term

Spring Term

Summer Term 

10

Solo Performance Skills

Compositional skills linked to AOS 1 and 3

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

AOS 4 – Popular Music

Ensemble Performance Skills

Compositional skills linked to AOS 1 and 3

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

AOS 4 – Popular Music

Solo Performance Skills

Compositional skills linked to AOS 1 and 3

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

Ensemble Performance Skills

Compositional skills linked to AOS 1 and 3

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

Eine Kleine Nachtmusik

AOS 4 – Popular Music Since You’ve Been Gone

Performance (student choice – solo or ensemble)

Free Composition

AOS 4 – Popular Music

Since You’ve Been Gone

Performance (student choice – solo or ensemble)

Free Composition

Review of AOS1 and AOS4 ready for exam

11

AOS4 – Popular Music

Coursework

AOS2 – Music for Ensembles

Coursework

AOS3 – Film Music

Coursework

AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices

Coursework
Revision  

Enrichment opportunities:

  • Show Choir - Tuesday lunchtime - all years
  • Big band - Friday lunchtime (grade 1+)
  • Accapella singing group - Wednesday lunchtime
  • Composition Club for KS4 &5 - Monday after school
  • Music theory class - KS4 &5 - Thursday after school
  • Annual musical production (September - February)
  • V Factor – March
  • Performances at termly concerts
  • Student led bands – rehearsal spaces available to book at lunchtime/after school

Useful websites to support learning

eduqas website