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Music

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7

What will my child learn about in Music this year?

  • Pupils will have a one hour music lesson every two weeks, all year. We strongly encourage the involvement in extracurricular activities to boost this learning time (see further below).
  • Pupils will work in a mixture of ensembles including as a soloist, in a pair and as part of a larger ensemble
  • Pupils will use a range of instruments including keyboard, tuned and un-tuned percussion (drums, shakers and xylophones), ukuleles and vocal work learning songs from a variety of cultures.
  • Four main strands of study will be focused on these are performing, listening, composing and analysis.
  • Main topics will include Elements of Music Rhythm and Pulse and a variety of World music styles including Reggae and Gamelan.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Homework will be set once every two weeks and will include learning key words, listening tasks, research tasks and occasional performance practice.

 

How will my child be assessed in Music?

Pupils will be formally assessed each half term and these assessments will focus on performance skills, composition skills and listening activities.

 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Parents can support their child’s learning in music by encouraging them to listen to a wide range of musical styles at home, encouraging them to join bands, choirs and other ensembles both in and out of school and ensuing all homework and rehearsal time is done at home each week.

 

Extra-Curricular (each week during term time)

  • Piano Club

  • Guitar/Ukulele Club

  • Brass & Woodwind Band (lessons are also available)

  • Year 7 Choir

 

Year 8

What will my child learn about in Music this year?

  • Pupils will have a one hour music lesson every two weeks, all year. We strongly encourage the involvement in extracurricular activities to boost this learning time both in and out of school (see further below).
  • Pupils will work in a mixture of ensembles including as a soloist, in a pair and as part of a larger band group. Class ensembles are also explored in Year 8.
  • Pupils will use a range of instruments including keyboard, tuned and un-tuned percussion (drums, shakers and xylophones), ukuleles guitars and vocal work learning songs from a variety of cultures. Music ICT using the IPADS is also explored in Year 8.
  • Four main strands of study will be focused on these are performing, listening, composing and analysis.
  • Main topics will include ‘Band Ensemble’ where pupils will explore what it takes to perform as a member of a real musical ensemble using guitars, drums and piano and we will look at word music styles in more depth.

 

What type of homework will be set?

Homework will be set once every two weeks and will include learning key words, listening tasks, research tasks and occasional performance practice.

 

How will my child be assessed?

Pupils will be formally assessed each half term and these assessments will focus on performance skills, composition skills and listening activities.

 

How can I support my child's learning at home?

Parents can support their child’s learning in music by encouraging them to listen to a wide range of musical styles at home, encouraging them to join bands, choirs and other ensembles both in and out of school and ensuing all homework and rehearsal time is done at home each week.

 

Extra-Curricular (each week during term time)

  • Piano Club

  • Guitar/Ukulele Club

  • Brass & Woodwind Band (lessons are also available)

  • Year 8 Choir

 

Key Stage 4

Year 9 -11

  • KS4 Music currently is run as a BTEC qualification worth 1 GCSE.
  • Pupils have 2 ours of music lessons per week and it is absolutely vital that revision and rehearsal takes place outside of these hours.
  • Units include ‘Live Sound’, ‘Solo Performance’, ‘Creating a Music Product’, ‘‘Unit 1 - The Music Industry’ and ‘Unit 8- Music and Production Analysis’. 
  • Unit 1 & 8 are both examined and externally assessed units. Pupils are provided with revision guides and are expected to do at least 1 hours revision on these Units per week, independently. Regular assessments take place in class to monitor progress.
  • Other units are assessed in class and are externally moderated. 

 

 

What can my child move on to with Music?

The course leads on to further study of Music at college and university as well as in to a variety of job roles such as music performer, composer, music technician, music teacher and music journalist. The course will also build confidence and interpersonal skills meaning that even if a student don’t intend to have a career in the music industry they will still gain vital skills from doing the course that will help with their chosen career path.