CURRICULUM

Music

Music Curriculum Intent

Music is part of the fabric of everyday life. Through the study of music we develop confidence, resilience and creativity. We teach students to critically analyse and appreciate music; compose their own music; and perform on a variety of instruments. We aim to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians through creative, practical lessons and a range of extra-curricular opportunities.  

Key Skills

Listening

Students will listen to pieces of music in order to learn about different genres and find inspiration for their practical work. They will develop their ear to recognise strengths and weaknesses in their performance and composition work. As students progress from year 7 to 11 they will learn to listen in greater detail, feeding into their evaluation work.

Reading music is key for students to be able to analyse, perform, compose and produce music. Students start with treble clef notation in year 7, adding in chord diagrams in year 8 and bass clef notation in year 9. In years 10 and 11 this is a key skill that is practiced regularly through performing, composing and producing music.

Reading notation and chord sheets

Performance

Students develop their performance skills and confidence on keyboards, ukuleles and singing throughout year 7-9. The performances that they work on increase in difficulty as students progress. In year 10 and 11 they can choose which instrument they would like to play or sing. In year 11 students choose whether they would like to perform or produce music.

Students are introduced to composition through creating their own piece on keyboards in year 7. They develop their skills in year 8, using GarageBand to compose short ideas, before composing a full piece using GarageBand in year 9. In year 10 and 11 students compose full pieces using GarageBand or an instrument, with a focus on a specific genre of music.

Composition

Production

Students are introduced to GarageBand in year 8 to input music, before learning more about skills such as automation and effects in year 9. In year 10 and 11 students develop their production skills further, learning to record and mix music as well as continuing to compose in GarageBand.

Throughout years 7-11 evaluating practical work is a key skill for students to be able to recognise their strengths and weaknesses and continue to improve their work independently. As they progress students learn to evaluate their work in more depth, linking their own work to the stylistic features of genres of music. In year 8 students start to learn about the stylistic features of genres of music. In year 9 they start to compare different styles of music. This is a skill that is then embedded in year 10 and 11 as they evaluate the stylistic features of several genres and compare different genres of music.

Evaluating

Year 7

Introduction to Music
Content -
Students have one 13-week rotation of music as part of Performing Arts. Students will learn to perform and compose on the keyboard. They will also sing as a class throughout this topic, which will be done alongside listening activities to help develop their understanding of key concepts. Students will do a baseline listening test at the start of this rotation.
Skills -
Listening

Vocal performance (large ensemble)

Instrumental performance (solo) on keyboards

Reading treble clef notation

Composition

Evaluating practical work

TOPIC 1

Year 8

Reggae Performance
Content -
Students have one 13-week rotation of music as part of Performing Arts, which is split into two topics. In this topic students will learn about the key features of Reggae and learn to perform 3 Little Birds on keyboards, ukulele and singing. They will then form small groups to practice and perform their final rendition of the piece.
Skills -
Listening

Vocal performance (large and small ensemble)

Instrumental performance (solo and small ensemble) on keyboards and ukuleles

Reading treble clef notation and chord diagrams

Evaluating practical work

TOPIC 1
GarageBand Composition
Content
Students have one 13-week rotation of music as part of Performing Arts, which is split into two topics. In this topic students will learn how to compose using GarageBand. They will create a portfolio of short composition tasks to demonstrate their skills.
Skills
Listening

Composition

Production

Evaluating practical work

Topic 2

Year 9

Britpop Performance
Content -
Students have two six or seven-week rotations of music as part of Performing Arts. In this topic students will compare Pachelbel’s Canon in D with Don’t Look Back in Anger by Oasis. They will first learn to play Canon in D on the keyboard, before learning how to perform Don’t Look Back in Anger on keyboards, ukulele and singing. They will then form small groups to practice and perform their final rendition of the piece.
Skills -
Listening

Vocal performance (large and small ensemble)

Instrumental performance (solo and small ensemble) on keyboards and ukuleles

Reading bass clef notation and chord diagrams

Evaluating practical work

TOPIC 1
EDM Composition
Content
Students have two six or seven-week rotations of music as part of Performing Arts. In this topic students will compose and produce their own EDM piece using GarageBand.
Skills
Listening

Composition

Production

Evaluating practical work

Topic 2

Year 10

Exploring Music Products and Styles
Content -
Students will learn about the key features of a wide variety of genres of music, such as British Invasion, film music, music from the Romantic Period and world music. For each genre they will listen to music from the genre and then compose, perform or produce their own piece in the style of music from that genre. As part of this topic students will also practice recreating a song in the style of a new genre.
Skills -
Listening

Evaluating the stylistic features of genres of music

Performance (solo and ensemble on their choice of instrument/voice)

Composition

Production

Evaluating practical work

TOPIC 1
Music Skills Development
Content
Throughout year 10 students will also learn about the key skills required to be a successful musician in the music industry. They will practically explore the use of skills such as time management, self-discipline and working with others. They will evaluate the impact that the use of key skills has on their work and look at case studies of how other musicians have used these skills.
Skills
Performance (solo and ensemble on their choice of instrument/voice)

Composition

Production

Evaluating practical work

Evaluating a case study

Topic 2

Year 11

Music Skills Development
Content -
Students will develop their skills in two key areas. Every student will focus on composition, with a choice of specialising in performance or production. For each of the two areas students will complete a skills audit and set themselves targets to develop their skills. They will then work to improve and will provide video/audio evidence and written evaluations to demonstrate their progress.
Skills -
Composition

Performance (solo of ensemble on their choice of instrument/voice) or production

Evaluating practical work

TOPIC 1
Responding to a Commercial Music Brief
Content
Students will be given a brief with a list of songs and genres to choose from. They will choose a song to recreate in the style of a new genre and choose whether to perform or produce their finished piece. As well as recreating the song, they will create a plan for how they will complete the task and evaluate their progress and their finished piece afterwards.
Skills
Listening

Composition

Performance (solo of ensemble on their choice of instrument/voice) or production

Evaluating practical work

Topic 2