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The Music department has a strong team of two specialist teachers. We also have 5 peripatetic teachers offering lessons in singing, keyboard/piano, drum kit, electric guitar, bass guitar and DJing/launchpad. 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 a suite of computers, as well as a smaller 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 vocal group and band. We have an excellent reputation for performing arts and stage an annual musical, which involves singing and musical accompaniment, plus additional events throughout the year. Over the past few years, we have had great success in additional practical music exams, with students achieving Grade 8. These extra music qualifications carry UCAS points and we have had a number of students continue their music education through university study.   

 Music Learning Journey 

 

Key Stage 3 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 7

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Half Term 1

Body Percussion/The Elements of Music 

Perform as a whole class ensemble, playing with fluency, accuracy and expression. 

Compose within a range of contexts using different structures.  

Understand basic rhythmic notation.

  • Performances/compositions.
  • Peer/self reflection. 
  • Listening activities. 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 2

Introduction to Keyboard 

Develop correct keyboard techniques through focused technical exercises. 

Develop both hands when playing the keyboard in order to perform a solo piece. 

 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo Performance  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 3

Developing Keyboard Skills 

Further enhance the skills developed in the previous half term through more complex pieces. 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo Performance

 

 

 

 

Half Term 4

Chords 

Develop the understanding of musical notation including notes on the stave, rhythm and pitch.  

Perform more complex pieces on the keyboard. 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo Composition  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 5

Just Play – Band Skills

Perform a piece of popular music in small groups using a variety of instruments with a focus on timing, fluency and accuracy. 

Be introduced to performing on instruments like the drum kit and the electric guitar.  

Develop ensemble skills when performing and rehearsing as a band. 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Small group performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 6

Ukulele Skills 

Develop the skills required to play a variety of chords on the Ukulele. 

Develop a strong understanding of how to read chord diagrams and perform in time with a backing track. 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Whole Class Performance  

 

Year 8

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Half Term 1

Rhythms of the World African Drumming 

Explore music from another culture.  

Perform, improvise and compose using African instruments.

 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Whole Class Performance

 

 

 

 

Half Term 2

Remixing 

 

Develop your understanding of how to create an effective remix. 

Explore a variety of DAW to create a remix. 

Use different editing techniques to create an interesting remix. 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Paired Composition 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 3

Music for Media (Film) 

Perform music from film and video games.  

Explore different film music devices and utilise them in a variety of compositional exercises. 

Utilise music technology to create an effective piece of film music.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo Performance  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 4

Music for Media (TV, Computer Games) 

Perform music from film and video games.  

Explore different film music devices and utilise them in a variety of compositional exercises. 

Utilise music technology to create an effective piece of film music.  

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo composition  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 5

Just Play – Band Skills 

Perform a piece of popular music in small groups using a variety of instruments with a focus on timing, fluency and accuracy. 

Be introduced to performing on instruments like the drum kit and the electric guitar.  

Develop ensemble skills when performing and rehearsing as a band. 

 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Small group performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 6

Keyboard in Practice 

Understand the different skills required when playing more complex keyboard pieces.  

Develop our understanding of notation.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Solo Performance

     

 

Key Stage 4 Curriculum Breakdown

Year 9

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Half Term 1

Rhythms of the World - Samba 

Explore music from another culture.  

Perform, improvise and compose using samba instruments.

 

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Whole Class Performance  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 2

Music Technology 

 

Develop understanding of Ableton software by creating compositions using MIDI input. 

Use DAW techniques within an original composition.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Paired Composition  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 3

Musical Futures – In At The Deep End 

Explore the process of creating a performance as a band, using a variety of instruments. 

Develop student confidence in performing.   

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Small Group Performance  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 4

Songwriting 

In bands, understand different ways of writing songs including lyrics, chords and melody writing.  

Refine a song as a group and perform.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Whole Class Performance  

 

 

 

 

Half Term 5

The Blues

Understand the history of Blues Music. 

Perform the different elements within Blues music and use these elements to compose a Blues inspired song.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Small group performance

 

 

 

 

Half Term 6

Just Play – Band Skills

Perform a piece of popular music in small groups using a variety of instruments with a focus on timing, fluency and accuracy. 

Be introduced to performing on instruments like the drum kit and the electric guitar.  

Develop ensemble skills when performing and rehearsing as a band.

  • Performances/compositions. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening activities. 

  • Small group performance

     

 

Year 10

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Half Term 1

Musical Knowledge 1 – Coursework Preparation 

Solo Performance 

Develop skills in order for students to describe the contributing traits of two contrasting contemporary musical styles. You will explore: 

  • The factors that influenced its inception 
  • Significant artists/bands/producers 
  • Important recordings/performance/events 
  • Imagery and fashion associated with the style 

Develop solo performance skills through rehearsal and performance to a brief. 

 

  • Coursework preparation activities. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities.

  •  

    Solo performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 2

Musical Knowledge 1 – Coursework Completion  

Duet Performance

Complete coursework where students describe the contributing traits of two contrasting contemporary musical styles. You will explore: 

  • The factors that influenced its inception 
  • Significant artists/bands/producers 
  • Important recordings/performance/events 
  • Imagery and fashion associated with the style 

Develop ensemble skills when preparing the performance with another person. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities.

  •  

    Duet performance 

  • Coursework assessment 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 3

Mock Exam Preparation 

Undertake a mock of the external unit set by Rockschool, which is completed in year 11. The unit is called Live Music Performance. Students are expected to: 

  • Plan for a live performance
  • Undertake an effective rehearsal process
  • Demonstrate, in collaboration with others, the skills to perform a set in a specific live environment to a target audience
  • Reflect on the performance and consider ways to improve future performances 
  • Portfolio of evidence including written, video and audio. 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 4

Mock Exam Completion 

Undertake a mock of the external unit set by Rockschool, which is completed in year 11. The unit is called Live Music Performance. Students are expected to: 

  • Plan for a live performance 
  • Undertake an effective rehearsal process 
  • Demonstrate, in collaboration with others, the skills to perform a set in a specific live environment to a target audience 

Reflect on the performance and consider ways to improve future performances 

  • Portfolio of evidence including written, video and audio. 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 5

Musical Knowledge 2 – Coursework Preparation 

Solo Performance

Display the ability to accurately recognise and discuss in detail at least four of the following musical elements: 

  • Tonality 
  • Tempo 
  • Instrumentation 
  • Lyrical content (where applicable) 
  • Production Techniques 

Develop solo performance skills. 

  • Coursework preparation activities. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities. 

  • Solo performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 6

Musical Knowledge 2 – Coursework Completion 

Ensemble Performance

 Display the ability to accurately recognise and discuss in detail at least four of the following musical elements: 

  • Tonality 
  • Tempo 
  • Instrumentation 
  • Lyrical content (where applicable) 
  • Production Techniques 

Develop ensemble performance skills. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities.

  • Duet performance 

  • Coursework assessment 

 

Year 11

Half Term

Topic

Learning Outcomes

Assessment

Half Term 1

Optional unit – Coursework Preparation 

Solo Performance

 

Develop the skills in one of the following optional units: 

  • Improving Instrumental Performance 
  • Composing Music 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Using a DAW 

Continue to develop music performance skills  

  • Coursework preparation activities. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities. 

  • Solo performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 2

Optional unit – Coursework Completion  

Duet Performance

Complete the first task from one of the following optional units: 

  • Improving Instrumental Performance 
  • Composing Music 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Using a DAW 

Continue to develop music performance skills 

  • Peer/self reflection.

  • Listening & research activities.

  • Duet performance 

  •  

    Coursework assessment 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 3

External Examination 

Complete the external unit set by Rockschool. The unit is called Live Music Performance. Students are expected to: 

  • Plan for a live performance 
  • Undertake an effective rehearsal process 
  • Demonstrate, in collaboration with others, the skills to perform a set in a specific live environment to a target audience 
  • Reflect on the performance and consider ways to improve future performances 
  • Portfolio of evidence including written, video and audio. 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 4

External Examination 

Complete the external unit set by Rockschool. The unit is called Live Music Performance. Students are expected to: 

  • Plan for a live performance 
  • Undertake an effective rehearsal process 
  • Demonstrate, in collaboration with others, the skills to perform a set in a specific live environment to a target audience 
  • Reflect on the performance and consider ways to improve future performances 
  • Portfolio of evidence including written, video and audio. 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 5

Optional Unit – Coursework Preparation 

Solo Performance 

 Develop the skills in one of the following optional units: 

  • Improving Instrumental Performance 
  • Composing Music 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Using a DAW 

Continue to develop music performance skills 

  • Coursework preparation activities. 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities. 

  • Solo performance 

 

 

 

 

Half Term 6

Optional Unit – Coursework Completion 

Solo Performance

Complete the first task from one of the following optional units: 

  • Improving Instrumental Performance 
  • Composing Music 
  • Sound Recording 
  • Using a DAW 

Continue to develop music performance skills 

  • Peer/self reflection. 

  • Listening & research activities.

  • Duet performance 

  • Coursework assessment 

 

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