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YEAR 7

Learning outcomes

During Year 7 students will learn basic skills required for a productive school career in music. The focus will be placed on teamwork and co-operative skills as a means of producing a successful performance.

Topics taught

Pupils will largely focus on the elements of music including pitch, rhythm, melody, instrumentation and dynamics.

YEAR 8

Learning outcomes

Students in Year 8 build upon and further skills they looked at in Year 7. Work will largely be carried out as a full class where they will work collaboratively on an assessed performance.

Topics taught

  • Ensemble performance
  • Rehearsal skills
  • Instrument-specific skills
  • Pop song construction

YEAR 9

Learning outcomes

Year 9 in music is largely a skills-based year focusing more in-depth on instrumental skills and small group performances. Students have opportunities to develop their performing, listening and composing skills in a range of ways including group and solo activities. They are also expected to participate in performances to an audience. 

Topics taught

  • Rock band project
  • Pop song composition
  • World music including samba and reggae
  • Musical theatre
  • Soundtracks

YEAR 10

Learning outcomes

During Year 10 work starts on the required BTEC units.

Topics taught

  • Unit 1 – The music industry
  • Unit 2 – Managing a music product

YEAR 11

Learning outcomes

Pupils are guided through the second half of the BTEC course.

Topics taught

  • Unit 4 – Introducing music composition
  • Unit 5 – Introducing music performance