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Music

Introduction

Music is studied by all Key Stage 3 students and as an optional subject in Key Stage 4.  Our students study music to build on skills learned in Key Stage 2 and develop broader life skills such as critical and creative thinking, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline and self-confidence.  After studying, composing and performing in a wide range of musical styles we hope that our students will develop a lifelong interest in music.

Year 7

A topic-based course covering: Elements of Music; Keyboard Skills; Instruments of the Orchestra; Melody Writing and Ensemble Skills.  This involves practical work using keyboards, voices, pitched percussion and other instruments where appropriate.  Throughout the year students will develop performance, composition and listening skills.

Year 8

A topic-based course covering: The Blues; Ternary Form; Music around the World; Music for Advertising; Understanding Popular Music and Song-writing.  This involves practical work using keyboards, voices, pitched percussion and other instruments where appropriate.  Throughout the year students will develop performance, composition and listening skills.

Year 9

A topic-based course covering: Rondo Form; Protest Music; Theme & Variations; Musicals; Music for Film; Performance and Ensemble Skills.  This involves practical work using keyboards, voices, pitched percussion and other instruments where appropriate.  Throughout the year students will develop performance, composition and listening skills.

Year 10

Techniques and skills acquired in Key Stage 3 are developed and refined.  The Pearson Music GCSE covers four areas of study with three set works in each area. All Practical and Composing assignments are marked internally and moderated externally.  Areas of Study 1, 2 and 3 are studied in this year as well as a start being made to composition assignments.  There is an exam based on work studied during the year as well as a practical exam.  A composition is also submitted for marking for exam purposes.

Year 11

Techniques and skills acquired in Key Stage 3 continue to be developed and refined.  Area of Study 4 is studied and the two compositions are completed, refined and recorded.  Performance pieces - both solo and ensemble- are rehearsed, refined and recorded.  Revision of all Areas of Study takes place along with practice questions.  There is a final Pearson listening exam in the summer term.