Music

 

Music

Vision

 Music education aims to develop aesthetic sensitivity and creative ability in all pupils. Music is an integral part of everyday life, and as such the music department is keen to encourage the experience of music for recreational purposes and for cultural enrichment. We encourage pupils to explore the vast world of music found in everyday life, including entertainment, worship, relaxation, and cultural identity.

Music is a practical subject. It is a powerful focus for creative energy and can benefit pupils in developing their imagination, their analytical and critical listening skills, social skills and their powers of expression. Pupils of all abilities are encouraged to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of music in the form of class presentation or public performance in a variety of venues, both curricular and extra-curricular.

Musical activities are planned to encourage full and active participation and enjoyment by all pupils of all abilities both male and female. A repertoire is chosen to be of interest to everyone according to the availability of resources and equipment in the music suite.

 

Key stage three breakdown

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Term 1

Exploring Music

Music in Advertising

GCSE Music

Skills developed during this project

Equipment use/safety Performance and Listening Skills

Elements of music Graphic Notation)

Basic Harmony

Primary Triads

Word Setting

Ternary Form

Composition, major/minor chords, sharps/flats, music reflects mood, keyboard skills.

Term 2

Keyboard Skills 1

Keyboard Skills 2

Ensemble Performance

Skills developed during this project

Staff Notation Performance Skills

Performance Skills

Staff notation (sight-reading) Melody, Rhythm, Texture, Dynamics, Structure

Performance Skills

Ensemble awareness

Balance/Dynamics

Texture, Intonation

 

Term 3

D.I.Y. Music 1

Chinese Garden

D.I.Y. Music 2

Theme and Variations

Beethoven

Skills developed during this project

Basic composition skills inc. Pentatonic Scale, Ostinato, Drone.

Major/Minor

Theme and Variation techniques

Development of musical ideas.

Melody writing

Functional harmony

Musical Development (composition)

Term 4

D.I.Y Music (contd)

D.I.Y Music (contd)

VocalMusic

Purcell – Music for a While

Queen – Killer Queen

Term 5

Musical History 1

Musical History 2

Vocal music continued

Skills developed during this project

Baroque/Classical

Composers and instrumental development

Romantic/20th Century

Composers

Musical experimentation

Appraisal & Comp,

Understanding vocal techniques

Term 6

Brazillian Drumming

The Blues

Music for Stage and Screen

Skills developed during this project

Instrumental timbres, listening, notation.

Improvisation, sequencing

12 bar blues, Blues scale, Jazz styles.

S. Schwartz – Defying Gravity

Dramatic context

Musical language

  • All evidence of practical work including solo and group performances is saved on the college ‘Work Drive’ under KS3 Recordings 2015 – 2016 in the appropriate Year group folder (7, 8 or 9) and then in the appropriate individual group folder and term.
  • Evidence of Year 9 work is saved on student individual documents under ‘Year 9 Music in the Media’ and ‘Year 9 Protest Songs’.  Students work in pairs for Term 1 and groups of 4 for Term 2 so not every individual student will have a folder of their own.

 

Key stage four breakdown

(2016 – 2017, Year 11 will be following the same Curriculum Map, Year 10 will be following The same route as Year 9 for this first year of delivery.

GCSE Music (ending in September 2017)

 

Year 10

Exam board - Edexcel

Year 11

Exam board – Edexcel

 

Controlled Assessment (60%)

Listening /Appraising

(40%)

Controlled Assessment

(60%)

Listening / Appraising

(40%)

Term 1

Solo & Ensemble Performance skills.

Basic elements of Music and introduction of key terms.

African Drumming Composition Complete.

Solo Performance Practise.

AofSt2.

Expressionism.

West Side Story.

Minimalism.

Term 2

Solo & Ensemble Performance skills.

Introduction to composition.

AofSt1.

Bach

Beethoven

Minimalism/Pop Song Composition Controlled Assessment 2.

AofSt2.

Minimalism.

AofSt3.

Blues

Term 3

Composition, major/minor chords, sharps/flats, music reflects mood.

AofSt1.

Bach

Beethoven and contemporaries

Minimalism/Pop Song Composition Controlled Assessment 2.

 

AofSt3.

Jeff Buckley

Moby

Term 4

Appraisal & Comp,

Understanding vocal techniques

AofSt2.

Vocal Music

Purcell – Music for a while

Final controlled assessment completion (solo, ensemble and any composition improvements also)

AofSt4.

Folk Fusion.

Indian Classical.

African Drumming.

Term 5

Solo & Ensemble Performance

Composing for Voice

AofSt2.

Vocal Music contd. Including contemporaries

Date of submission to external moderator – 15th May 2016.

Revision of all Areas of Study

Term 6

Solo & Ensemble Performance

AofSt3.

S. Schwartz – Defying Gravity

Dramatic context

Musical language

 

Listening Exam 2017 on Friday 9th June pm.

 

BTEC Performing Arts (Years 10 and 11)

3 Units Studied:

Unit 2

Preparation, Performance and Production.

(Internally marked, externally moderated)

Unit 5

Musical Theatre Skills.

(Internally marked, externally moderated)

Unit 1

Individual Showcase

(Recorded Examination – Externally marked)

 

Staffing

Mr Steve Lowndes – Subject Leader of Music.

Jackie Manghan – Performing Arts Specialist Teaching Assistant.

 

Images

 Music Image 1

An example of some of the rehearsal work that occurs within the music room on a weekly basis.  In this case, this is the Year 11 Performing Arts group preparing for their showcase performance.

 

Subject specific information

Extra Curricular Actitivities:

Instrumental lessons available (all within the music department)–

Guitar (Electric/Acoustic and Bass) – Monday

Drums, Vocal and Piano – Wednesday

Little Shop of Horrors – college musical performed on  1st – 3rd February 2016

Choir – Wednesday lunchtimes.

Ukulele group – Monday lunchtimes

GCSE Music revision/intervention – Monday and Friday after college

Christmas concert – December at St Mary’s Church Long Sutton.

Flower Festival concert – April/May at St Mary’s Church Long Sutton.

BTEC Performing Arts Showcase exam performance for units 2 and 5 held at end of Year 10/beginning of Year 11 for BTEC Performing Arts students.