Music

The KS3 music curriculum aims to give students the opportunity to learn a variety of different instruments in class as well as sing.  The curriculum is designed to teach students music from a range of cultures and genres.

Students can choose to study music at GCSE level and have access to a wide range of resources to aid their learning.  This includes a suite of Apple Mac computers, essential for composing and notating music.

The music department also produces a Christmas and Summer Concert each year.  These concerts provide a platform for all the school music groups, clubs to perform at least twice a year.  Students also perform music at the Summer Fete, Community Art Exhibitions, Primary Schools, and Awards Presentations.

The school hosts the weekly gathering and rehearsals of the Devon Music Centre.

Instrumental Tuition

Your son or daughter can have individual or group tuition in most instruments and enjoy making music in the one of the many school music groups.  Singing lessons are also available.  There is a wide variety of clubs and groups including: school band, school choir, senior singers, string ensemble, ukulele club and rock band tuition.  The cost is heavily subsidised and there is an instrument scheme so that these opportunities are made available for everyone. We regard music making as very important and valuable and we are very keen to encourage every students who is interested to take part.

 Please ask us for further details.

 

Curriculum Overview

 

Term

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Autumn

Singing and the Elements of music

Pupils begin year 7 developing their voice, singing as a class in small groups and on their own if they wish.  They will learn how to warm up their voice and use it safely and correctly.  Students will sing songs from a broad repertoire chosen to develop their voices, whilst promote enjoyment and participation.  All year 7 students have the opportunity to join the school choir and take part in the school production at Christmas.

 

Film Music

Pupils will listen to a variety of famous film scores, before embarking on a group composing project.  In groups pupils will compose music for a two scenes from the film Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone.  They will explore a range of rhythmic and harmonic devices as well as instrumental techniques to use in their work and create a successful piece of music. 

 

Musical Theatre and the Music of Queen

In the Autumn pupils will learn to perform songs from a musical on an instrument of their choice (including singing). For 2016 the songs will be from the school production of ‘We Will Rock You’.  Pupils will begin by learning the musical elements of various songs. They will then perform them as a whole class. In the second half of the term pupils will work in smaller groups working towards a final performance for assessment.

 

 

Spring

The Western Classical Tradition

In the Spring term pupils will learn the about the evolution of classical music in Western Europe. They will learn to perform some well-known classical pieces including the main theme from Tchaikovsky’s ‘Swan Lake’ on ukulele, guitar or piano.  If pupils already have lessons on a particular instrument, then they are encouraged to bring it to their lessons to share their skill and experience with the rest of the class.  All pupils will be taught to read traditional musical notation.

 

Blues Music and Song writing

In the first half term pupils will learn the history of Blues music in relation to the Slave trade.  Pupils will sing work and slave songs as well as learn to play the twelve bar blues pattern on the ukulele, guitar or piano.  They will also be taught to improvise a melody based on a blues pentatonic scale.  In the second half term pupils will form blues bands and write their own songs.  Students have the option of writing a traditional blues song or fusing their song with other styles such as Rock, Jazz, Rap and RnB music.

 

Stand by Me Performance and Song Writing project.

In the first half of the term pupils will learn to perform the song ‘Stand by Me’ by Ben E King on an instrument of their choice (including singing).  Once learnt pupils will quickly move into smaller groups/bands to replicate an authentic soul band sound.  In the second half of the term students will use a ‘ground bass’ song structure (or come up with their own) to write a song.  Assessment will involve a final performance of this song.

Summer

Whole class instrumental Tuition / Taiko Drumming

In the summer term pupils will get the opportunity to learn either a brass instrument or a string instrument.  They will concentrate on the playing techniques of the instrument through a musical repertoire designed specifically for learning an instrument from scratch and ensemble class work.  Pupils who already learn an instrument will have the opportunity to develop their even further by becoming a musical leader in the classroom.  They will also have the opportunity where appropriate to practice their current pieces (set by their instrumental teacher) or perform to the class. 

 

Whole class instrumental Tuition / Samba Band

In the summer term pupils will re visit a brass instrument or a string instrument.  Pupils will concentrate on developing their playing techniques further through a musical repertoire promoting the participation and enjoyment of musical performance.  Pupils who already learn an instrument will have the opportunity to develop their even further by becoming a musical leader in the classroom. They will also have the opportunity where appropriate to practice their current pieces (set by their instrumental teacher) or perform to the class. 

 

‘Musical Futures’.  Student led group work performance project.

In the summer term pupils will choose a song to perform. They will be responsible for researching all the musical materials necessary as well as arranging the music for their band.  Towards the end of the term pupils will have the opportunity to plan and perform a lunchtime concert.  Those preparing for GCSE music will begin to hone their listening and appraising skills and become leaders in their bands.

 

KS4 - AQA

 

Year 10

Year 11

Learning the areas of study

Introduction to composition

The Western Classical Tradition

Performing Coursework and Concert preparation

World Music

Composing

Performance practice and concert preparation

 

Popular Music since 1960

Developing compositional ideas

Performing Coursework and Concert preparation

Completion of coursework

Revision and Listening exam practice