Music

 

Head of Department: Mrs Haciosman

 

“Music enhances the education of our children by helping them to make connections and broadening the depth with which they think and feel. If we are to hope for a society of culturally literate people, music must be a vital part of our children's education”

Yo-Yo Ma

 

“I don't think I would have become President if it were not for my school music program”

President Bill Clinton

 

Key Stage 3 curriculum

Our aim at AGFS is to ensure that every student should gain the necessary skills to be a exciting and lively musician. They should get the opportunity to create, perform and critique music from around the world. Above all, their experience of music making should be fun, challenging and exciting.

 

Year 7:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Autumn 1 - Stomp Securing a strong sense of shared pulse and introducing the building-blocks of rhythm by creating and performing rhythmic grooves. Composing rhythmic cycles with contrasting textures within a given structure. Rhythmic notation.

Autumn 2  Find your voice

Autumn 2 - Developing technique and confidence in vocal work by performing and creating music with simple musical textures. Students start by creating their own vocal pieces with body percussion before learning a song in 2 parts

Performance of Stomp composition

Basic listening skills

Term 2 Spring - The power of pentatonic

Unpacking the secrets of scales, including the major and pentatonic scales and catchy melody writing whilst introducing the essentials of a good and sustainable keyboard technique. Staff notation in the treble clef. Technology opportunities.

 

Composition of a single pentatonic melody
Term3 Summer - 4 chord songs

Introducing the world of harmony, chords and chord relationships whilst developing keyboard and guitar/ukulele skills as part of an ensemble. Continuing to build a strong sense of shared pulse and good ensemble playing. Chord charts.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Performance and listening and appraising

 

Year 8:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Autumn - The beauty of baroque
Performing Pachelbel’s Canon, including the ground bass and a number of melodic ideas that layer up. Learning some of the main features of Baroque music and some of the performance practices of the time. A short composition project using the ground bass as a stimulus to compose melodic material over a ground bass. Technology opportunities

Autumn 2 - 4 chord mashup

Arranging and performing a number of songs together             a Capella, which use the same harmonic progression. Creating vocal textures using beat boxing and 2 and 3-part singing. Continue to develop vocal confidence and technique.

 

Performance of a Canon in ensembles
Term 2 Spring - Djembe

A rhythmic ensemble unit that looks at basic djembe technique, whole class and smaller group performance and composition within a traditional structure with contrasting textures, rhythms and timbre.

Continuing to build on a shared sense of pulse and rhythmic notation.

 

 

 

Composition of a basic rhythmic piece

Term3 Summer - Band carousel

Performing pop songs initially in instrumental groups and then in bands learning specific instrumental and ensemble skills.
Continuing to build a shared harmonic language.

 

 

 

Ensemble performance and listening and appraising skills

 

Year 9:

 

  Content covered What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1 Autumn  -  Brazil takes on Jazz
Much music is made up of patterns: melodic, rhythmic and harmonic. Through an ensemble performance of the jazz standard, ‘Fly me to the Moon’, pupils will learn how to play and create, on their chosen instrument, these patterns or sequences.

The unit also focuses on the fusion of Samba and Jazz to create the ‘new’ style of Bossa Nova with Latin rhythms and jazz harmonies.

 

Performance of a Jazz standard piece
Term 2 Spring-  Creating a dance track

How do you create an authentic dance track?

Through a series of listening examples and video tutorials, this unit will give pupils the technical skills and methodology to create a great dance track. Always using music as a starting point, pupils will learn how to use the technology in a musical way to enable them to explore their creativity to the limit!

 

Composition of a dance piece
Term3 Summer - Songwriting

 

Building on the instrumental and ensemble skills achieved since the start of year 7, this unit will also bring in much of the theoretical knowledge gained in a Song Writing project. Pupils will work in small ensembles, on their chosen instrument, towards a final concert and recording of their song.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Ensemble performance and listening and appraising skills

 

KS3 Revision

Students should have a good solid knowledge of keywords and can use their lesson resources to help prepare them for theory exams. Students should also be practicing the instrumental skills they learn in lessons as all assessments will have a practical focus.

 

Key stage 4 curriculum

 

The GCSE Music curriculum is broken into three strands of performing (30%), composing (30%) and listening and appraising (40%). Students must be confident enough to perform on a solo instrument and must commit to take peripatetic lessons.

 

Students will study the Edexcel GCSE Music Specification over Year 10 and Year 11.

Performance:

  • 1 solo performance 15%
  • 1 ensemble performance 15%

Composition:

  • 1 free composition in any genre 15%
  • 1 composition from a given brief 15%

All coursework is to be completed during Year 11, so students will begin their work on these units in Year 10.

Listening and Appraising:

Written exam on eight pieces and listening extracts from four areas of study

  1. Classical Music from 1750-1820
  2. Vocal Music
  3. Music for Stage and Screen
  4. Fusion

 

Year 10:

 

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1

Music for Stage and Screen

Performance    

Students will perform the set work as a class orchestra and choir.

Composition

Students will study compositional skills: chord construction and sequences, cadences, structure and instrumentation

Listening and Appraising

Students will study the two set pieces from this genre: “The theme from Star Wars IV a New Hope" and “Defying Gravity” from the musical Wicked. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

 

 

 

Ensemble performance

 

Basic composition

 

Listening and appraising of two set works

Term 2

Vocal Music

Performance    

Students will rehearse and perform on their first study instrument as part of an ensemble of their choice.

Composition

Students will complete their “free” composition in a genre of their choosing.

Listening and Appraising

Students will study the two set pieces from this genre: “Killer Queen” by Queen and “Music for a While” by Purcell. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

 

 

 

 

Ensemble performance

 

Free composition draft 1

 

Listening and appraising, four set works

Term3

Fusion

Performance    

Students will perform a traditional West African piece on djembes as part of a class ensemble.

Composition

Students will study compositional techniques specific to the four areas of study in preparation for the free brief composition.

Listening and Appraising

Students will study the two set pieces from this genre: “Release” and “Samba”. Related listening to further contextualise the genre will be studied to recognise key features of the genre.

 

 

 

Solo performance

 

Completion of free composition

 

Listening and appraising of 6 set works and unfamiliar listening

 

Year 11:

 

  Topics What is being assessed in the end of term exam
Term 1

Instrumental Music 1700–1820

Performance 

Students will work in small ensembles to rehearse their final performance of their ensemble piece.

Composition

Students will select a brief set by the exam board and compose a piece of music to adhere to the brief.

Listening and Appraising

Students will study the two set pieces from this genre:

  • JS Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major
  •  L van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 in C minor ‘Pathétique’

Related listening to further contextualize the genre will be studied to recognize key features of the genre.

 

 

 

Ensemble performance

 

Brief composition

 

Full listening and appraising

Term 2

Completion of Coursework

Performance 

Students will work with their instrumental teacher to rehearse and perform their final solo performance.

Composition

Students will work in controlled conditions to complete both their compositions.

Listening and Appraising

Students will re-visit each of the 8 set works and will complete practice exam papers and essay questions to prepare for the written exam.

 

 

 

Final solo and ensemble performance

 

Final brief composition

 

Full listening and appraising

Term3

Revision

By this point in the year the performance and composition coursework will have been submitted to the exam board for moderation. 

 

Listening and Appraising

Students will re-visit each of the 8 set works and will complete practice exam papers and essay questions to prepare for the written exam

 

 

 

 

GCSE examination

 

KS4 Revision

Students should be using textbooks, online resources, and lesson resources to prepare for their listening and appraising GCSE exam. Students will also have access to knowledge organizers to help with revision. For the practical component, students should be practicing at least three times a week.

 

Feedback

Written feedback is given every 5-6 lessons as a minimum and verbal feedback is given every lesson. Students received personalised individual feedback on coursework components in KS4 and written feedback on theory work and summative assessments.

 

Ambition and careers

A GCSE in Music can provide many desirable skills that are looked highly upon by employers, such as: commitment, resilience, teamwork and dedication. A GCSE in Music compliments other subjects and can lead to an A Level or BTEC in Music, Music technology, Music production or performing arts.

 

Enrichment and Drop Down Days

Detail any weekly co-curricular clubs or anything specific you do across the year for DDD eg Science take a certain year group to the Science museum and why.

If you are an enrichment subject (eg. PE, Drama) please use the template below to create an enrichment timetable.

 

Day Year group Lunchtime 1:10pm After School 4pm / 3:10pm

 

Monday 10 Year 10 music ensemble  
Tuesday all - Elite choir
Wednesday 7,8,9 Keyboard club Year 11 Intervention
Thursday 10,11 GCSE Music club -
Friday 10,00 GCSE Music club