Students will have:
A strong comprehension of the elements of music: Dynamics, duration, rhythm, pitch, structure, melody, metre, instrumentation, texture, tempo, tonality, timbre and harmony.
Developed knowledge to analyse, perform, compose and evaluate music.
The understanding and ability to identify historical features through time.
By the end of KS3 our intention is for students to know where music came from and how the musical elements have developed and ranged over a musical timeline (from Ancient times 8000 BC) to create the music we know today.
From September 2019-2021, we will implement our new knowledge rich curriculum. There is a set three year plan for our curriculum to develop and ensure our current and new students are taught the knowledge rich curriculum. Therefore, year 8 and 9 classes will be touching on new topics within the new Year 7 curriculum too.
Students are given the opportunity to participate in our extra-curricular activities, which occur weekly. Instrumentalists can join the Junior or Senior Concert Band. Students who don’t play an instrument are welcome to join the Pop Choir, Samba Band, Music Production Group and Rock Band. Furthermore, the music department welcomes students to play on the keyboards before/after school and at break time. The students are also allowed to book practice rooms after school to further develop their solo/group performance skills on instruments they choose.
In addition, students have the opportunity to develop their instrumental skill through receiving peripatetic instrumental lessons from outside musicians. At a reduced rate of £50 per term, students can receive tuition in the following instruments: Keyboard/piano, Guitar/Bass, Drums, Singing, DJing, Brass (Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba), Woodwind (Saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe), and Strings (violin, cello, viola, double bass). A child on free school meals is welcome to have one instrumental lesson at no cost.
The music department offers two whole school concerts every year, one in December and one in May. Students are able to audition for a spot and all extra-curricular groups will have the opportunity to perform their on-going work to a large audience.
Furthermore, students who have shown a consistent commitment to music outside of lesson time i.e. continuous contribution to extra-curricular etc. will be invited on our yearly tour.
YEAR 7 MUSIC
In Year 7 we teach Music for one hour a week to all classes.
Students have the opportunity to develop and master skills through performance (solo and group) and composition tasks. These opportunities allow students to gain confidence, develop skills and learn how to appreciate music through listening and performing.
Students are required to play keyboards, to use tuned and un-tuned percussion, to sing and are also given opportunities to perform on their own instruments. In addition, students are required to compose music within groups and perform pieces in front of the class.
From September 2019-2021, we intend to implement our new knowledge rich curriculum. There is a set three year plan for our curriculum to develop and ensure our current and new students are taught the knowledge rich curriculum. Therefore, year 8 and 9 classes will be touching on new topics within the new Year 7 curriculum too.
Topic Overview September 2019
• Western Classical Tradition (Ancient, Medieval, Renaissance and Baroque)
6th Century to 18th Century
• Western Classical Tradition (Classical) 17th – 18th Century
• Western Classical Tradition (Romantic into Modern - Post Modernism Graphic Score/Minimalism)
Programme Music 18th Century – 20th Century
• The Beginning of Popular Music 19th-20th Century - 1870-1950’s Blues Music
• Reggae Music Evolution
• Popular Chart Music Development
Evolution of the Chord Progression from Blues
21st Century - Ukulele unit
ArtForms Leeds - www.artformsleeds.co.uk
Bitesize Music - www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects