creative arts

Creative Arts

Music

Overview for Year 7:

It is the music departments aim to develop the following skills, composing, performing, rehearsing and listening. This is achieved in a variety of ways, from working on Keyboards, to working in groups. It is our vision to make music as relevant to music of the present, and to give students the opportunities to develop instrumental skills in as many instruments as possible. These are: keyboards, drums, guitars, bass guitars, ukulele, vocals, Dhol drums, tabla, and percussion. Students are given work that meets their needs and challenges them to aim high.

Units of Work Covered in Year 7:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Keyboard Skills

Tribal Music

Messages in Music

Graphic Scores

Pitched Ostinato

Rong Noats

 

What parents can do to help:

At home parents/carers can support pupils learning in the classroom, through asking questions about their learning. In school parents/careers can encourage pupils to reach their full potential in lessons, take up an instrument in the various extra-curricular clubs and free instrumental lessons.

Useful websites:

www.musicalfutures.org.uk

www.e-chords.com


Overview for Year 8:

It is the music departments aim to develop the following skills, composing, performing, rehearsing and listening. This is achieved in a variety of ways, from working on Keyboards, to working in groups. It is our vision to make music as relevant to music of the present, and to give students the opportunities to develop instrumental skills in as many instruments as possible. These are: keyboards, drums, guitars, bass guitars, ukulele, vocals, Dhol drums, tabla, and percussion. Students are given work that meets their needs and challenges them to aim high.

Singing is integrated throughout all projects in year 8, and pupils are encouraged to sing in unison and in two part harmony. All projects have all differentiated musical worksheets that incorporate various methods of musical notation, from standard notation to tab. Students are encouraged to read and understand how to read music on a variety of instruments.

Throughout each of the units, students listen to their own, and others work and assess.

Units of Work Covered in Year 8:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Andean Music

Reggae music

Game Show

Advanced Keyboard

Music Technology 

Rock & Pop Band


Useful websites:

www.musicalfutures.org.uk

www.musictechteacher.com

 
Overview for Year 9:

In year 9 the music course is divided up into three areas: Performing Musician (Band work), Creative Producer (Using ICT – Reason Software) and Sound Engineer (Recording in the Music Studio). These three areas are directly linked to the BTEC Music course in KS4. Students will learn how to be independent as a musician, producer and engineer. Making all the decisions in their learning, from the bands that they work with, the songs and the instruments that they play. Our aim is to give students a curriculum that is personalized to their strengths, and linked to the modern day practices of the Music Industry. For students to Aspire, Enjoy and Achieve to their full potential.

Units of Work Covered in Year 9:

Term One

Term Two

Term Three

Performing Musician 1

Performing Musician 2

Performing Musician  3 Musician 2Musician 2

Creative Producer 1

Creative Producer 2

Creative Producer 3


What parents can do to help:

At home parents/carers can support their child’s learning in the classroom through asking questions about their learning, listen to a variety of music (not just pop, hip & RnB) from around the world. In school parents/carers can encourage students to take up an instrument in the various extra-curricular clubs and free instrumental lessons.

Website:

www.musicalfutures.com


Key Stage three assessment descriptors are attached below.  The “learning pathway” (e.g.  8-9) indicates the likely GCSE grade that a student may expect at the end of year 11, based upon both their current attainment and year of study. 

Music-Year-7.pdf

Music-Year-8.pdf

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