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“Now more than ever, it’s incumbent on every one of us to raise up the next generation of female leaders, so at the future Women in Music events, the executive of the year will stand up here and thank a woman for being her mentor. Now it’s time to change the industry for the better. It’s all right here, in how we support each other, in how we’re committed to providing young women with a safer environment free from harassment and discrimination.”

– Julie Greenwald

 

During Year 7, pupils explore the elements of music through a variety of mediums and genres. Pupils will learn to analyse and describe the music that they listen to using music specific vocabulary. They will compose and perform in groups with the focus on effective music making and transferable skills. This year provides the opportunity for pupils to maintain and develop the invaluable skills of learning by ear, notation reading and rehearsing and performing as part of an ensemble. Pupils will be given the opportunity to compose and perform using their voices, body percussion, tuned and unturned percussion and keyboards.

Pupils will develop their KNOWLEDGE of:

• various musical terms, symbols and genres

• the range of musical elements

• being able to recognise basic musical symbols – treble clef, stave etc.

• being able to recognise basic rhythmic musical symbols – crotchets, minims etc.

• being able to recognise various genres of music and know some musical features of that genre

Pupils will develop their SKILLS in: Performing Music:

• sing in tune with reasonable fluency and accuracy

• perform simple parts on the keyboard and tuned percussion

• keep in time with others

Composing Music:

• improvise repeated patterns

• improvise simple melodic/rhythmic phrases

• share a range of ideas in group tasks

• create compositions which have a sense of

• create compositions which explore different sounds and the musical elements

Understanding Music:

• recognise a variety of different instrument sounds, knowing the instrument families

• know the musical elements and recognise some in listening tasks

• make improvements to their own work

• identify different genres of music and some of their features in a listening task

• begin to use appropriate musical vocabulary when creating or evaluating work

In Year 8 pupils will continue to develop their skills in listening & appraising, performance and composition. They will develop their understanding and musical awareness through a range of workshops using their voices, classroom percussion, and music technology. They will compose and record their own music using a range of notation including staff notation. They will also learn about different musical contexts, and perform in a variety of settings and genres. Pupils will explore different timbres, structures, and key characteristics, alongside using the musical elements to create music for a specific medium.

Pupils will develop their KNOWLEDGE of:

• a range of musical elements – pitch, dynamics etc.

• musical symbols – notes on a stave, treble clef, stave etc

• notes of the keyboard

• some notes on a musical stave, read fairly accurately from a score with note names

• rhythmic musical symbols – crotchets, minims etc.

• various genres of music and know some musical features of that genre

Pupils will develop their SKILLS in: Performing Music:

• sing with expression and clear diction

• demonstrate reasonable confidence/high level of confidence in performance

• maintain an appropriate role within a group (leading, solo part or support)

• keep their own part going in a group performance

• perform fluently and accurately on the keyboard and tuned percussion

Composing Music:

• improvise melodic/rhythmic material within extended structures

• use tempo and dynamics creatively

• create compositions which explore different sounds and the musical elements

• refine and improve work effectively in rehearsals, developing initial ideas further

Understanding Music:

• recognising a variety of different instrument sounds, knowing the instrument families (to a higher level)

• knowing and recognising musical elements in listening tasks (to a higher level)

• suggesting improvements to their own and others’ work

• describing and compare musical features in listening tasks, using appropriate vocabulary

• exploring the contexts, origins and traditions of different musical styles

• using appropriate musical vocabulary when creating or evaluating work

In Year 9 pupils will develop their ability to recognise, analyse and demonstrate a range of music techniques; the aim of which is to produce successful and polished pieces of work, in preparation for the GCSE Music course. They will analyse, compose and perform music from different cultures, genres and musical traditions; learning how to plan and develop their compositions to create stylish and idiomatic pieces. They will create music for a range of different applications, including music for film and television. They will also have the opportunity to perform at a higher level in groups and on their own, developing their skills as musicians and again preparing the way for the GCSE Music course.

In Years 10 and 11, GCSE Music is an optional subject. Pupils study eight set works along with guidance and assessments for creating their own music and performing on their own and in an ensemble.

Pupils are marked on the following:

Component 1: Performing

Component 2: Listening

Component 3: Appraising