Music

KS3

AIMS

All pupils will:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

SUBJECT CONTENT

Pupils will be taught to:

  • play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians
  • develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history

PROGRAMME OF STUDY

Year 7

Year 7 Concert

Rhythm, Pulse and Ostinato

(Rhythm & Metre)

African Drumming

(Rhythm & Metre/Texture)

Pitch & Keyboard

(Notation, Pitch & Melody)

Music Technology

(Dynamics, structure & Timbre)

Programme Music

(Instrumentation/ Harmony & Tonality)

Year 8

Reggae

12 Bar Blues/Jazz

Musicals

(Year 8 Concert)

Samba

Music for Film

Theme/
Variations

Year 9

Performance/History of Music /Music Theory

Songwriting/Composition/
Music Theory

Final Project/Music Theory

KS4

Board

EdExcel

Outline of the Course

  • Made up of musical performance, composition and listening.
  • Performing is worth 30% and students have to perform at least two pieces, one of which must be part of an ensemble, and the minimum time for both pieces must be at least 4 minutes. Grade 4 equivalent difficultly is the aim by the end of year 11 for top marks.
  • Composing is worth 30% and students need to compose at least two pieces, one must be in response to a brief set by the awarding organisation and one must be a piece of free composition, the minimum time for both pieces must be at least 3 minutes.
  • Appraising is worth 40% looking at musical theory through set works including: Defying Gravity, Star Wars main theme, Killer Queen, a Beethoven sonata and more!

Assessment

 

Type of Assessment

Duration

Weighting

1

Performing

2 performances

Solo – minimum 1 piece – minimum 1 minute

Ensemble – minimum 1 piece – minimum 1 minute

Together total minimum of 4 minutes across the solo and ensemble pieces

30%

2

Composing

2 compositions

1 to set brief – minimum 1 minute

1 free composition – minimum 1 minute

Together total minimum of 3 minutes

30%

3

Appraising

Exam: 1 hour 45minutes

40%