Music

YEAR 7

Music

Film Music – Scholars will study music that has been especially composed for films. Using the key elements of music scholars will describe and evaluate the effectiveness set pieces. Scholars will perform as part of a vocal ensemble and use keyboards to compose character themes.

Stomp – Using the West End show “Stomp” as a stimulus, scholars will compose, perform and notate rhythms for percussion instruments. Scholars will focus on polyrhythms and syncopation within their composition tasks and on performing with fluency as part of a small ensemble.

Music Technology – Scholars will use the computer suite to compose a popular song. Using the Logic Pro X programme, scholars will be able to layer instrumental sounds, vocals, add appropriate studio effects such as delay and reverb, and will use chord sequences appropriate to the genre.

YEAR 8

Polyrhythms – Scholars will focus on using percussion instruments to compose and layer a variety of rhythms to create an ensemble performance. Scholars will notate their compositions using staff notation or a graphic score, and will appraise their own and already existing performances.

Film Music – Scholars will study music that has been especially composed for films. Using the Logic Pro X programme on the computers, scholars will select appropriate existing loops to compose a piece of music to accompany a specific given film clip.

Pop Song Composition – Using chord sequences that are common to the genre, scholars will compose melodic lines and write lyrics to create a popular song. Using the elements of music, scholars will listen to and appraise a variety of existing popular songs.

Year 9

Term

Topic

Key Learning Areas

Autumn

Pop Music from 1950- present day​

This topic will focus on performance skills through Pop Music.​

Performing      

Scholars will work in ensembles to perform a Popular Song from the 1950s - present day.

Composing

Scholars will develop their music technology skills, whilst constructing chord sequences to create a popular song.

Appraising

Scholars will analyse existing pieces of pop music using the elements of music.

Spring

Music to tell a story

Analysis of how composers use the elements of music to tell a story.

 

Performing      

Scholars will work in ensembles to perform a song from a film or a musical.

Composing

Scholars will use the elements of music to compose a piece of music to accompany a given film scene.

Appraising

Scholars will analyse Chopin's Raindrop Prelude using the elements of music and will describe & explain features which have been used to tell a story.

Summer

Star Wars

 

Scholars will begin studying the first set work of the GCSE syllabus and will begin working on their first pieces of coursework.

Performing       

Scholars will begin their first piece of GCSE coursework by performing a piece of their choice (Grade 2 standard) in a small ensemble.    

Composing

Scholars will begin their first piece of GCSE coursework which is a "free composition." The composition can be written in any genre and will be completed in Year 10 under controlled conditions.

Appraising

Scholars will begin analysis of their first GCSE set piece: Star Wars. They will use the elements of music to describe specific features of the piece whilst comparing and contrasting with other pieces from the same genre.

Pop Song Composition – Using chord sequences that are common to the genre, scholars will compose melodic lines and write lyrics to create a popular song. Using the elements of music, scholars will listen to and appraise a variety of existing popular songs.

Year 10 & Year 11

Scholars will study the Edexcel GCSE Music Specification over Year 10 and Year 11.

Performance:

  • 1 solo performance 15%
  • 1 ensemble performance 15%

Composition:

  • 1 free composition in any genre 15%
  • 1 composition from a given brief 15%

All coursework is to be completed during Year 11, so scholars will begin their work on these units in Year 10.

Listening and Appraising:

Written exam on eight pieces and listening extracts from four areas of study

  1. Classical Music from 1750-1820
  2. Vocal Music
  3. Music for Stage and Screen
  4. Fusion

Year 10

And also comprehension exercises on unknown pieces of music.

Term

Topic

Key Learning Areas

Autumn

Music for Stage and Screen

Performance    

Scholars will perform the set work as a class orchestra and choir.

Composition

Scholars will study compositional skills: chord construction and sequences, cadences, structure and instrumentation

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will study the two set pieces from this genre: “The theme from Star Wars IV a New Hope" and “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

Spring

Vocal Music

Performance    

Scholars will rehearse and perform on their first study instrument as part of an ensemble of their choice.

Composition

Scholars will complete their “free” composition in a genre of their choosing.

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will study the two set pieces from this genre: “Killer Queen” by Queen and “Music for a While” by Purcell. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

Summer

Fusion

Performance    

Scholars will perform a traditional West African piece on djembes as part of a class ensemble.

Composition

Scholars will study compositional techniques specific to the four areas of study in preparation for the free brief composition.

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will study the two set pieces from this genre: “Release” and “Samba”. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

Year 11

Term

Topic

Key Learning Areas

Autumn

Instrumental Music 1700–1820

Performance 

Scholars will work in small ensembles to rehearse their final performance of their ensemble piece.

Composition

Scholars will select a brief set by the exam board and compose a piece of music to adhere to the brief.

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will study the two set pieces from this genre:

  • JS Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
  •  L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’

Related listening to further contextualize the genre will be studied to recognize key features of the genre.

Spring

Completion of Coursework

Performance 

Scholars will work with their instrumental teacher to rehearse and perform their final solo performance.

Composition

Scholars will work in controlled conditions to complete both their compositions.

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will re-visit each of the 8 set works and will complete practice exam papers and essay questions to prepare for the written exam.

Summer

Revision

By this point in the year the performance and composition coursework will have been submitted to the exam board for moderation. 

 

Listening and Appraising

Scholars will re-visit each of the 8 set works and will complete practice exam papers and essay questions to prepare for the written exam.

You can see the Music extra-curricular options here: Music extra-curricular