Key Stage 3 Music
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- 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, through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Students develop their musical skills through performing, composing and listening. They learn through a combination of whole class, small group, paired and individual work and are encouraged to develop their confidence by performing in front of the class, when they are ready.
Year 7 Areas of Study
- Baseline Assessment - listening and performing.
- Christmas Song Writing - listening, composing and performing.
- Haunted House - listening and composing using ICT.
- Minimalism - listening, composing and performing using cycles and loops.
- Singing Technique - listening and performing.
Year 8 Areas of Study
- Film Music - listening and composing using ICT.
- Reggae - listening and performing.
- Singing - listening and performing.
- Elgar - listening, composing and performing.
- Pop music through the ages - listening and performing.
Year 9 Areas of Study
- Blues - listening, composing and performing.
- Pop Performance - listening and performing.
- Song Writing - listening, composing and performing.
- Club Dance - listening and composing using ICT.
- Pupil Choice / Advanced Composition.
Key Stage 4 Music
The aims of the GCSE specification are to:
- • Develop candidates’ interest and enjoyment of music that will be sustained in later life, so that they are inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
- • Develop candidates’ own musical interests and skills including an understanding of how to make music individually and in groups.
- • Enable candidates to evaluate their own and others’ music.
- • Develop understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music.
- • Develop broader life-skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation.
At Key Stage 4 students complete the OCR Music GCSE (J536)
GCSE Music is usually taught with one class of between 15 and 25 students.
Students produce two performance pieces and two compositions with a final listening examination based on the following Areas of Study:
- Area of study 1 - My Instrument.
- Area of Study 2 - The Concerto Through Time
- Area of study 3 - Rhythms of the World
- Area of study 4 - Film Music
- Area of Study 5 - Pop & Rock Music
For further information, contact:
Joint Area Leaders, Performing Arts