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KS3 Music

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Key Stage 3 Course Information Page

Course Name : Music

Introduction

Music is delivered to students through 2 one-hour lessons over the two-week timetable. Students are initially assessed when they first enter year 7 through a baseline assessment in order to provide accurate data in to each student’s musical abilities.

Students are taught the skills required to read traditional musical notation and learn about the key components that make up any piece of music before building upon this knowledge by learning practical music skills.

Through listening, composition and performing, students are assessed throughout each term through the completion of differentiated project tasks.

The appraisal and reflection of music are a continuous focus and students are encouraged to listen to a wide range of music on a regular basis, both inside the classroom and at home.

Curriculum Content

Autumn term

All year 7 students will work towards completing grade 1 ABRSM on the piano.

During the autumn term year 7 focus on developing their theoretical knowledge and ability to read musical notation through practical tasks and theory games.

Throughout the Spring and Summer terms, all students will learn and refine the performance pieces required for the grade 1 examination, and develop their understanding and musicianship in sight reading, aural skills, scales and technical studies.

Autumn term

Skill focus: Melody and Harmony

Project tasks covered:

– Singing a melody

– Whole class orchestra

– 4 Chord Pop Songs – 12 Bar Blues

Spring term

Skill focus: 20th Century Textures

Project tasks covered:

– Samba class performance

– Stomp composition

– African composition

– Ska music performance

– Salsa music performance

Summer term

Skill focus: Rhythm, Timbre and Structure

Project tasks covered:

– Minimalism – Electronic Dance music

Autumn term

Skill focus: Melody and Harmony

Project tasks covered:

– Singing a melody

– Fanfares

– Jazz music– Singing in harmony – Folk Music

Spring term

Skill focus: Arranging

Project tasks covered:

– Film Music

– Acapella Songs

Summer Term

Skill focus: Final Project

Students will complete a final ‘Battle of the Bands’ project which will incorporate all skills covered

throughout KS3. This final project will form part of the final assessment.

Assessment (including homework)

 

Students are continuously assessed on their practical skill development throughout lessons.

Peer and self assessment are integral to every lesson.

Formal assessment takes place during the spring and summer terms in the form of two projects which draw upon the keys skills learnt in the term.

All students sit a music examination during the summer term.

 

Students are continuously assessed on their practical skill development throughout lessons.

Peer and self assessment are integral to every lesson.

Formal assessment takes place during the autumn and summer terms in the form of two projects which draw upon the keys skills learnt in the term.

All students sit a music examination during the summer term.

 

 

Students are continuously assessed on their practical skill development throughout lessons.

Peer and self assessment are integral to every lesson.

Formal assessment takes place during the autumn and spring terms in the form of two projects which draw upon the keys skills learnt in the term.

All students sit a music examination during the summer term.

 

Clubs and other Opportunities

There are a number of clubs and opportunities on offer to students throughout the week and academic year.

Weekly clubs include:

  • Gospel Choir
  • Asian Percussion (Dhol drumming)
  • School Orchestra
  • Jazz Band
  • African Drumming
  • Samba Drumming

Instrumental tuition is available for those students who wish to learn how to play an instrument.

These lessons are additional to the curriculum lessons and are subject to payment.

Instrumental tuition provided include:

  • Violin and Viola
  • Cello
  • Oboe
  • Recorder
  • Woodwind
  • Asian Percussion
  • Drum kit and Percussion
  • Piano and Keyboard
  • Classical Guitar
  • Voice
  • Brass

In addition to clubs, the school puts on a musical production where open rehearsals are available to any student within the school.

How to support your daughter

Encourage your daughter to listen to a wide range of musical genres and practice music at home.

If a musical instrument is available, it will help her to improve her practical understanding of music.

Being able to research and select information from the internet is also important when written homework is set.