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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in Music for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mr Dolby if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

We organise our classes by mixed ability. The students have three separate blocks of twelve one-hour lessons as part of the arts carousel system. As well as full class teaching time, there are also opportunities for groups to ‘break out’ into smaller rooms to rehearse and develop their work.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will enjoy working practically and creatively. They will listen to a wide range of musical styles and be keen to participate in group/paired performance and composition tasks.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Understanding the Elements of Music
  • Recognising different instruments
  • Reading pitch notation
  • Reading rhythmic notation
  • Creating and developing musical ideas
  • Gaining confidence in performance

What will students learn at this level?

Due to the current pandemic we have had to make amendments in the way Music is taught this Term.  *Please see below:

*Autumn Term (2020)

  • What is Music?
  • Learn about the elements of Music through listening
  • Understanding graphic scores and their purpose
  • Learn about rhythm and tempo
  • Learn how to read a write basic music

 Key Elements

  • Understanding the Elements of Music
  • Recognising different instruments
  • Reading pitch notation
  • Reading graphic scores

 

Autumn Term

What is Music?

  • Learn about the elements of Music through listening
  • Understanding graphic scores and there purpose
  • Learn about rhythm and tempo
  • Learn how to read a write basic music

 Key Elements

 Understanding The Elements of Music

  • Recognising different instruments
  • Reading pitch notation
  • Reading graphic scores

 

CAROUSEL CYCLE 1:

Soundscapes

  1. Identify different types of sound (acoustic/electronic, families of instruments etc.)
  2. Learn about the Elements of Music and gain confidence in using correct vocabulary
  3. Identify key features of different types of music during listening tasks
  4. In groups, create music to suit a storyboard; either ‘A Haunted House’ or ‘A Journey into Space’
  5. In groups, perform and record your work
  6. Reflect and self-assess

Song Writing

  1. Analyse song structure (intro/verse/chorus/bridge etc.)
  2. Participate in class singing activities
  3. In groups, write and record a song (seasonal theme)
  4. Reflect and self-assess

CAROUSEL CYCLE 2:

‘Jazzamatazz’: Pitch/Rhythm

  1. Learn to read and use rhythmic notation
  2. Participate in class and group performance and composition tasks, including rhythmic ostinato patterns and Train Station pieces
  3. Learn to correctly identify and use percussion instruments
  4. Learn to use treble clef pitch notation
  5. Develop keyboard performance skills; Jazz ‘Arriba’ activity
  6. Improvise at the keyboard through question and answer activities
  7. Reflect and self-assess

CAROUSEL CYCLE 3:

Fanfare

  1. Develop an understanding of how music is used for different occasions
  2. Recognise key musical features of ‘The Last Post’ and John Williams’ ‘Olympic Fanfare’
  3. Understand the key features of fanfare (brass instruments/ harmonic series/triplet rhythms/imitation)
  4. In groups, compose and record own fanfares for the Olympic opening ceremony
  5. Reflect and self-assess

Gaming Music

  1. Develop an understanding of how music has been used in video games
  2. In pairs, compose and record a theme for a video game
  3. Extend through adding ostinato, chords, rhythmic backing and/or notating
  4. Reflect and self-assess

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Practical musical skills; performance and composition
  1. Listening skills
  2. Analytical and evaluative skills
  3. Teamwork and co-operation
  4. Communication skills
  5. Technical knowledge and skills; music notation and vocabulary

How will students learn at this level?

  • Practising
  1. Paired/group collaboration
  2. Listening tasks which help to embed vocabulary and key concepts
  3. Trial and error when experimenting with different musical ideas
  4. Peer and teacher constructive feedback tasks/discussion
  5. Observing your peers
  6. Watching practical demonstrations

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

  • Baseline listening and musical understanding test in September
  1. Continued monitoring of progress through informal observations and listening task results
  2. Completed composition/performance work recorded and assessed

When do key assessments take place?

End of each carousel unit (dependent upon cycle)

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • . Listen to a wide range of different types of music e.g. from different parts of the world, different decades, different styles. Perhaps listen together in the car or make use sites such as youtube
  1. Discuss what you can hear e.g. instruments, mood
  2. If you have an instrument, give time and space for the student to experiment at home (peripatetic lessons are available if desired)
  3. Ask the student about their music work  

What equipment do students need for this subject?

Essential school equipment

If the students plays an instrument there will be lessons where they can use it as part of the classwork

How does this subject link to other subjects?

 

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

 

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

 

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

 

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?

 

How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?

 

How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?

 

How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?