Music Curriculum Overview 2015-16

The grid below gives an overview of the curriculum for this academic year.


Year 7

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will learn to read and write music in both graphic scores and traditional notation. They will study the Instruments of the Orchestra; learn to develop basic keyboard skills and develop understanding of using ICT in Music.

Year 8

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will continue to develop skills in reading and writing music, including writing their own melodies using chords. Students continue to develop their keyboard skills and perform a wide range of music. Students also learn about music from other countries and further develop ICT skills.

Year 9

Students are involved in listening, performing and composing activities throughout the year. They will continue to develop skills in reading, writing and performing music. Topics covered will include Blues; Jazz; Minimalism; Programme Music and Film Music. Students will also continue to develop their ICT skills.

Year 10

Students will complete one composition for their own instrument and record a solo performance of one piece of music. They will also complete a written evaluation about their practical work. In addition to this, students will practice ideas for the Creative Task. Students will also need to develop their theory of music. Various styles of music need to be covered over the course of the year including - Romantic Songs (lieder); Pop Ballads; Classical Concerto; Jazz; Indian Classical Music; Gamelan; Baroque and Classical Chamber Music; The great choral classics; African a cappella singing and Waltz.

Year 11

Students will complete one composition for 2 or more instruments and record an ensemble performance. They will also complete a written evaluation about their practical work. In addition to this, students will practice ideas for the Creative Task and sit the 45 minute examination. Students will also need to continue developing and revising their theory of music. Various styles of music need to be covered over the course of the year including – Tango; Salsa; American line dance; Irish jig and reel; Bhangra; Disco; Club Dance; Programme Music (from 1820) and Film Music. The Listening paper will be taken during the Summer Term.

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