Our overriding aim is to foster and interest and appreciation in music amongst all students, regardless of previous musical experience.

Music is an aural and creative art and all activities within KS3 and KS4 involve a high level of student participation.  The curriculum is designed around the staple areas of Composing, Performing, and Listening and Appraising which can encompass all levels of attainment.  All activities are designed to promote independent, critical and creative thinking.

The curriculum provides students with the opportunity to:

  • control sounds made by the voice and a wide range of instruments (keyboards, guitars, ukuleles and percussion), developing individual skills and musical expression
  • rehearse and perform with others, furthering ensemble skills
  • compose in response to a variety of stimuli, creating, developing and extending musical ideas by selecting and combining resources within musical structures, style, genres and traditions
  • communicate musical ideas to others, recording compositional work using various means of notation
  • listen to a wide range of music from different eras and various cultures, developing historical and cultural awareness
  • respond to and evaluate live performances and recorded music, including their own and others compositions and performances
The schemes of work at KS3 give students a general overview of the disciplines which will be developed in greater depth at KS4.

A wide range of opportunities are available for instrumentalists and singers through participation in the extra-curricular music programme. 

Music Department Curriculum Overview

 

 

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Year 10

Year 11

Half Term 1

Bridging Unit A

 

Film Music: Performing skills

 

a. The Blues

b. Cover versions

 

Riffs & Loops

 

Unit 5: Introducing Performing

 

Half Term 2

Bridging Unit B

 

Film Music: Composing skills

 

a. Melody writing

b. Ground bass/riffs

 

Rhythm, Metre & Dance

Unit 5: Introducing Performing

 

Half Term 3

Music from West Africa

 

Samba

 

Music for Special Events: Fanfares

 

Sequence

 

Unit 2: Management of a Product

 

Half Term 4

Gamelan Music

 

Theme & Variations

 

 

Music for Adverts

 

Texture

 

Unit 2: Management of a Product

 

Half Term 5

Beating Time

 

Reggae

 

Programme Music

 

Free Composition: Development

 

Unit 2: Management of a Product

 

Half Term 6

Mediaeval Music

 

Indian Music

 

Minimalism

 

Free Composition: Development

 

 

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