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

1

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.

2

Fusion

Analysis of what fusion is and the development of fusion and common fusion styles.​

 

Performing    

Scholars will work in ensembles to compose, arrange and perform their own fusion piece of music.

Composing

Scholars will compose a fusion piece of music from two genres of their choice out of a selection given.

Appraising

Scholars will study fusion and will analyse a piece by Mumford and Sons and the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack.

3

Music for Screen

Analysis of how composers use the elements of music to create appropriate music to enhance the film.​

Performing    

Scholars will perform “See You Again” as a class and will analyse the key features through doing so.

Composing

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

Appraising

Scholars will analyse music from the films Jurassic Park and Amelie. The focus of the analysis will be how the composers create emotion in the audience.

4

Music for Stage

 

Analysis of how music and lyrics are used to tell a story.​

Performing    

Scholars will perform a solo performance on their first study instrument.

Composing

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

Appraising

Scholars will analyse music from the musicals Les Miserables and Hamilton. The focus of the analysis will be how the composers use four different types of songs to tell a story: solo, chorus, action or duet.

5

Baroque Instrumental Music​

Scholars perform Baroque Instrumental Music with focus on Handel’s Water Music and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Through performance, analysis of the elements of music will take place.​

Performing    

Scholars perform Baroque Instrumental Music with a focus on Handel’s Water Music and Vivaldi’s Four Seasons. Through performance, analysis of the elements of music will take place.

Appraising

Scholars will analyse these 2 pieces of music in detail and will compare them to other pieces of music written at the time.

6

World Music

 

A study of music from West Africa, Ireland and Latin America​.

Performing     

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

Composing

Scholars explore texture through their own percussion and vocal based composition.

Appraising

Scholars analyse three different examples of world music and their cultural history.

Year 10

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

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.

 

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