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The Music department has a strong team of two specialist teachers. We also have 6 peripatetic teachers offering lessons in singing, brass, keyboard/piano, drum kit, electric guitar, bass guitar and DJing. We have a variety of teaching spaces within music to support our curriculum. One large classroom with 5 practice rooms for rehearsal, one room that hosts 14 mac computers as well as a 6th form teaching space which includes a digital recording studio, monitoring speakers and a variety of high quality microphones. 

The music department offers a variety of extra-curricular activities including keyboard club and theory group. We have an excellent reputation for performing arts and stage an annual musical, which involves singing and musical accompaniment. Over the past few years, we have had great success in ABRSM exams, with students achieving Grade 8 practical and theory exams. These extra music qualifications carry UCAS points and we have had a number of students continue their music education through university study.

 

Courses in Music

Key Stage 4

  • BTEC Level 2 Music (Pearsons)
  • GCSE Music(Edexcel)

Key Stage 5

  • Rockschool Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners (Pearsons)

 

Term By Term Curriculum

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Key Stage 3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Western Classical Music

Perform in a range of solo and ensemble contexts, playing with fluency, accuracy and expression. Develop skills on the keyboard.

Compose within a range of contexts using different structures.

Recognise and define musical elements through focused listening activities.

Understand basic notation such as notes on stave, rhythms and pitch.  

Ongoing videoed performances/compositions.

Peer/Self reflection.

Listening activities revising the elements of music.

Performance Portfolio – Performance of the Middle C Song.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Musical Theatre

 

Be able to explore the skills needed for musical theatre.

Develop and sustain a character during rehearsal and performance.

Sing as part of an ensemble.

Ongoing videoed performances/compositions.

Compositional activities.

Listening assessment – Listening test on a given set work.

 

 

 

 

Term 3

World Music

Perform music as ensembles from a variety of cultures including Samba, Gamelan and African Music.

Use world music ideas in their own compositions.

Develop an understanding of the music they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

Improvise and compose, extending and developing their musical ideas.

Ongoing videoed performances/compositions.

Compositional activities.

Composition portfolio – Assessment of the composition activities throughout the year.

 

Year 8 

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Western Classical Music

Perform a piece of western classical music (Pachebel’s Canon) using stylistic conventions.

Understand how chords work and use them in compositional activities.

Develop an understanding of Sibelius music software and use this to extend our compositional ideas.

Ongoing videoed performances/compositions.

Listening activities revising the elements of music.

Sibelius compositional activites.

Performance Portfolio – Performance of the Pachebel’s Canon.

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Film Music

Recognise and perform a variety of film music techniques.

Apply the techniques to a range of film clips.

Develop an understanding of Garageband music software and use this to extend our compositional ideas.

 

Ongoing videoed performances/compositions.

Compositional activities.

Listening assessment – Listening test on a given set work.

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Fusion

Apply knowledge of world music in to a performance of a fusion piece.

Compose in a fusion style, applying analysis to validate the music’s purpose, intention or function.

Listen to a variety of fusion styles and analyse the main components and technicalities of the work.

Videoed performances/compositions.

Compositional activities.

Composition portfolio – Assessment of the composition activities throughout the year.

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Listening and Appraising

Understand the elements of music and apply them to a range of listening questions.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the listening questions

Practical Music

HT1 – Solo performance preparation.

HT2 – Ensemble performance preparation.

 

Students will perform in a number of different performance scenarios to develop their practical skills

 

 

1 Baseline performance

1 ensemble performance

 

Composing

HT1 – Introduction to Sibelius. Develop an understanding of the music compositional software. Start to understand the basics of compositional techniques.

HT 2 – Melodic writing and harmonic accompaniment.

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Listening and Appraising

Killer Queen/unfamiliar listening

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Rhythmic and melodic dictation exercises

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music

Solo performance preparation.

Ensemble performance preparation.

1 solo assessment

Composing

First compositional ideas

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Term 3 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Listening and Appraising

Star Wars/Unfamiliar listening

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on all of the set works

Practical Music

Solo performance preparation.

Ensemble performance preparation.

1 ensemble assessment

Composing

Free composition – Completion of the free composition.

1 completed composition

 

Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Killer Queen by Queen

HT 2 – Music for a While by Henry Purcell

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Practical composition activities linked to the set works.

Solo performance preparation.

Unfamiliar listening tests

Composing

Free composition – Starting points based on melody, texture, harmony, countermelody, cadences, modulations, developmental techniques, shape and structure

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Samba Em Preludio by Esperanza Spalding

HT2 – Release by Afro Celt Sound System

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Practical composition activities linked to the set works.

Ensemble performance preparation.

Rhythmic and melodic dictation exercises

Unfamiliar listening tests

Composing

Free composition – Development of compositional ideas

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Term 3

 

 

 

 

 

 

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars

HT2 – Defying Gravity from Wicked

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on all of the set works

Composing / Performance

Free composition – Completion of the free composition.

1 mock solo performance – 29th June 2018

1 composition – 29th June 2018

 

Year 10 - Vocational

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Killer Queen by Queen

HT 2 – Music for a While by Henry Purcell

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Practical composition activities linked to the set works.

Solo performance preparation.

Unfamiliar listening tests

Composing

Free composition – Starting points based on melody, texture, harmony, countermelody, cadences, modulations, developmental techniques, shape and structure

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Samba Em Preludio by Esperanza Spalding

HT2 – Release by Afro Celt Sound System

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Practical composition activities linked to the set works.

Ensemble performance preparation.

Rhythmic and melodic dictation exercises

Unfamiliar listening tests

 

Composing

Free composition – Development of compositional ideas

Mid point assessment of initial compositional ideas

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 


Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars

HT2 – Defying Gravity from Wicked

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on all of the set works

Composing / Performance

Free composition – Completion of the free composition.

1 mock solo performance – 29th June 2018

1 composition – 29th June 2018

 

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Term 1

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Main Title/Rebel Blockade Runner from Star Wars

HT 2 – Defying Gravity from Wicked

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Recap the set works studied in year 10. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Scales, sequences, key signatures, circle of fifths, time signature. Terminology from set works applied in a practical setting.

Solo performance preparation.

 Theory homework

Solo performance piece – 1st December 2017

Unfamiliar listening tests

Composing

Composing to a set brief – Starting points to compose from a choice of 4 briefs, one from each area of study.

Mid point assessment of composition

 

 

 

 

Term 2

Listening and Appraising

HT1 – Brandenberg Concerto No.5 in D major, 3rd movement by Bach

HT2 – Piano Sonata No. 8 in C minor, Pathetique, 1st movement by Beethoven

Analyse the set works using the elements of music. Recap the set works studied in year 10. Complete a variety of listening and essay questions to embed our knowledge.

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on the set works already studied

Practical Music Theory

Terminology from set works applied in a practical setting.

Ensemble performance preparation.

Rhythmic and melodic dictation exercises

Ensemble performance piece – 23rd March 2018

Unfamiliar listening tests

Composing

Composing to a set brief – a choice of 4 briefs, one from each area of study.

Composition to a set brief complete.

 

 

 

 

Term 3

Listening and Appraising

Revising all of the set works in preparation for their listening exam on 6th June 2018

Practice essay questions

Practice listening questions

Mock test on all of the set works

Composing

Composing to a set brief – a choice of 4 briefs, one from each area of study.

Both compositions handed in by 20th April 2018

2 completed compositions – 20th April 2018

 

For further information on the curriculum offered please contact the Academy F.A.O Nina Kurij Kurij.n@whiteroseacademies.org (Head of Humanities)