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Year 7 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop an understanding and become familiar with the definition of the 'Elements' of music
  • Demonstrate understanding of musical Elements to create effects within a compositional task
  • Demonstrate understanding of the musical elements through synthesis and performance

ASSESSMENT

Students will consolidate their knowledge through composition and performance. An assessment composition task will form both formative and summative assessment opportunities.

HOMEWORK

Students will complete set tasks at home revolving around the musical elements and their use within musical performance.

Term 1.2
  • Demonstrate an increasing knowledge of the instruments of the orchestra and their qualities
  • Identify and analyse the instruments of the orchestra through exploratory tasks and listening excercises
  • Explore how traditional western music has contributed to the development of contemporary music in the 20th century

ASSESSMENT

This unit will be assessed through listening exercises and arrangement tasks.

HOMEWORK

Students will have a range of listening tasks to complete outside of school.

Term 2.1
  • Develop an understanding and become more familiar with the musical stave and begin to understand the make up of traditional western notation
  • Develop and understanding of pitch and duration and how notation may be expressed using alternative methods
  • Graphic notation, Tom and Jerry and the secret handshake.

ASSESSMENT

Students will consolidate their knowledge through composition and performance. An assessment composition task will form both formative and summative assessment opportunities

HOMEWORK

To produce graphical notation in preparation for compositional activities.

Term 2.2
  • Learn to read basic notation with accuracy
  • Develop an understanding of how chords are built and how to recognise them on the musical stave
  • Understand accidentals, time signature and other musical devices

ASSESSMENT

Students will be assessed through written tasks and the performance of a selected piece using notation

HOMEWORK

Students will develop their understanding of Western notation through written homework tasks and a regular practice scheduled facilitated in the music department during extra curricular sessions.

Term 3.1
  • Develop their keyboard skills during Keyboard 1.
  • Perform from notation on the keyboard following on from their previous SOW
  • Develop knowledge of the major scale and an understanding of it's make up. They will explore this through the performance of riffs and simple melodies

ASSESSMENT

Students will be assessed through out via performance tasks and will accumulate their knowledge with a final performance assignment.

HOMEWORK

Students will be given listening and notation tasks to perform on the keyboard. Time allocated for homework around the musical department after school

Term 3.2
  • Focus on a particular song and begin to craft a performance
  • Learn how to gather resources and best practice when preparing for a performance
  • Work in small groups to conduct a performance scheduled whilst keeping a detailed performance log

ASSESSMENT

This will form an end of year assessment accumulating all the units of study throughout Year 7. Final performance assessed.

HOMEWORK

Students are to spend time practising for their final performance as well as completing resource gathering activities.

Year 8 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Introduce the chromatic and whole tone scale in preparation for their film music unit
  • Introduce the blues and minor scales in preparation for their blues music SOW
  • Revise chord triads and develop ensemble skills

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be carried out through performance activities. There will be peer and self assessment throughout this unit

HOMEWORK

Homework tasks will be set and facilitated in the music department is required. Practical tasks will form the basis of homework for this unit.

Term 1.2
  • Combine knowledge of the elements and keyboard skills to begin composing for a film extract
  • Demonstrate ability to manipulate the musical elements alongside a palette of instruments to produce a compositions to represent a film extract
  • Complete story boards and create detailed logs of their efforts towards their composition

ASSESSMENT

Musical compositions will be assessed against set criteria. This will also be an opportunity to revise relevant scales and assess Keyboards 2's effectivness

HOMEWORK

Students will complete tasks designed to stimulate ideas around the film extract. There will be elements of practical task also assigned as homework

Term 2.1
  • Look at the origins of Rock and Roll and develop their understanding of it's makeup and structures
  • Develop their performance skills via a rhythmic or volcal part during a Rock and Roll performance
  • Listen to a range of Rock and Roll artists and complete written work on key artists.

ASSESSMENT

Listening and performance tasks as well as a written assignment

HOMEWORK

Students will develop their performance skills through independant study as well as completing written tasks on influential Rock and Roll musicians.

Term 2.2
  • Introduce the Folk music of Jamaica and take a closer look at influential artists
  • Develop an understanding of the stylistic qualities of Reggae music and be able to describe them using musical vocabulary
  • Compare and contrast the stylistic qualities or Reggae compared to other contempary genres

ASSESSMENT

Students will be assessed on their knowledge of Reggae music through practical and written assegnments.

HOMEWORK

Students will complete a short case study on one of a selected group of Reggae musicians.

Term 3.1
  • Form bands and begin working more independently away from the main classroom
  • Develop ensemble and team working skills in small groups in practice rooms around the department
  • Develop their performance and composition skills through short individual tasks within their bands

ASSESSMENT

This unit will be assessed via performance log and the presentation of a portfolio of performance ideas.

HOMEWORK

Performance, fluency and repertoire will for the basis of assessment for this unit. Practical homework tasks can be facilitated around the music department during after school sessions.

Term 3.2
  • Introduce the mini gig concept and begin forming a final performance for the year
  • Expose students to live audiences of size and develop their performance and confidence skills
  • Prepare students for a final performance night giving each group the opportunity to showcase their talents

ASSESSMENT

The students will be assessed on their final performance as well as their performance log and portfolio.

HOMEWORK

Performance, fluency and repertoire will for the basis of assessment for this unit. Practical homework tasks can be facilitated around the music department during after school sessions.

Year 9 

Term Topics taught and learning outcomes
Term 1.1
  • Develop understanding of the keyboard extending their knowledge from previous Keyboard units. This unit is of an advanced nature
  • Look at chord inversions and best practice when composing voice leading. This will not only extend melodic understanding but develop structural and sequencing comprehension.
  • Revise ground bass and begin improvising melodies using the Pentatonic scales

ASSESSMENT

Demonstrate their knowledge of the Pentatonic scales, chord inversions and melodic improvisation.

HOMEWORK

Practical homework task will be set and facilitated in he music department during after school sessions. Access to a keyboard as home would be of particular benefit.

Term 1.2
  • Look at lyrical writing and begin to formulate their own contemporary compositions
  • Form melodic phrases and develop an understanding of song writing techniques
  • Compose and perform a rap song or more melodic orientated performance

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be carried out through performance tasks as well as an end of unit performance

HOMEWORK

Student will complete lyrical exercises at home along side a rehearsal scheduled facilitated in the music department for students without access to instrumentation or the appropriate equipment

Term 2.1
  • Consolidate lyrical, chordal and melodic knowledge through performance tasks with focus on Blues music
  • Complete listening tasks and develop an understanding of the structure of the traditional blues progression
  • Develop an understanding of the routs of blues music and its place within the musical word today

ASSESSMENT

Students will present a portfolio of work including rehearsal logs, resources and peer and self assessments. Unit will consolidate with a final performance of their blues piece.

HOMEWORK

Performance will for the basis of assessment through out this unit.

Term 2.2
  • Extend knowledge of blues music through a case study of influential blues artists and musician before present their findings for assessment
  • Compose a blues piece in preparation for a performance
  • Develop their confidence, ensemble skills and musicianship in small groups during independent rehearsal time

ASSESSMENT

Assessment will be carried out through a final written task and performance.

HOMEWORK

Students will complete performance tasks out side of the classroom during after school sessions. They will also complete a written task on an influential Blues artist.

Term 3.1
  • Prepare students for their year 10 performance unit, Unit 5 Introducing music Performance
  • Keep a detailed performance and rehearsal diary and develop best practice when complete this document
  • Develop their repertoire and prepare a performance for the end of year concert

ASSESSMENT

Unit will be assessed via an end of term concert.

HOMEWORK

A strict practice scheduled should be maintained throughout this unit. Performance skills will be assessed through out via mini gig performances and a written performance log.

Term 3.2
  • Experiment with contrasting genres in preparation for their final performance gig night
  • Prepare a repertoire of pieces and develop stage presence and confidence
  • Develop their ensemble skills throughout this unit of study as well as consolidate their notation, elements and performance skills

ASSESSMENT

The unit will be assessed via a final performance night. Students will perform two contrasting pieces to an audience of their peers. Strong performances will be invited to the end of term gig.

HOMEWORK

A strict rehearsal scheduled should be followed. Practice sessions will be facilitated via after school sessions.