Music

Our music department offers a creative but disciplined approach to the study of music. We adapt to the requirements of a wide range of abilities and nurture the talents of all students. Our course of study spans a vast landscape of genres, periods and specialities, including reggae, the blues, African music and film soundtracks. We aim to offer students an interesting insight into a variety of cultures and to foster a love of music that they will carry for the rest of their lives.

KEY STAGE 3

YEAR 7

  • Half Term 1: Why bother singing?
  • Half Term 2: Rhythm, pitch and ostinato
  • Half Term 3: Guitar Hero: skills introduction to the guitar
  • Half Term 4: Keyboard skills: introduction to playing melodies on the keyboard
  • Half Term 5: Ensemble skills: using the skills learned in the previous three units to be able to play as a group
  • Half Term 6: Samba: exploring the rhythms of Brazil

YEAR 8

  • Half Term 1: African Music: exploring the drumming, singing and balaphone music of Africa
  • Half Term 2: Chords in Music: developing skills on the keyboard and guitar to play chord sequences
  • Half Term 3: Blues: an in depth look at the blues, the 12 bar structure and the scale
  • Half Term 4: BDA Plays the Classics: 5 classical pieces for piano to discover and play
  • Half Term 5: Cover Versions I: using the skills on the instruments learned so far, play a pre-selected song in your own style
  • Half Term 6: Cover Versions II: using the skills on the instruments learned so far, play a pre-selected song in your own style

YEAR 9

  • Half Term 1: Reggae: exploring reggae through performance of the song ‘One Love’
  • Half Term 2: Dance Music: skills development through the performance and arrangement of dance music
  • Half Term 3: Composition through Dance Music: using the techniques and features from the previous unit, create a piece of dance music
  • Half Term 4: Musical Futures: using the skills on the instruments learned so far, play a song of your own choice in your own style
  • Half Term 5: Film Music: an in depth exploration of the music used for film
  • Half Term 6: Fusion Music: picking two styles and taking features from each to create new styles of music

KEY STAGE 4

YEAR 10

  • Unit 1: Performing. One solo piece and one ensemble piece. Performances are recorded and teacher assessed during the two years of GCSE. Assessed on accuracy, interpretation and ensemble skill.
  • Unit 2: Composing. Two compositions composed during Year 10 and written up in controlled assessment time in Year 11. Assessed on use and development of ideas, use of instruments, and structure, plus optional criteria.
  • Unit 3: Listening. Answer listening and essay questions on set pieces. 1hr30min listening paper in June Year 11: Section A – listening questions on extracts of set works worth 68 marks. Section B – essay answer on one set work. Assessed on listening schools, comparing extracts of music, dictation and use of musical language.

YEAR 11

  • Half Term 1: Focus on Individual Instrument I: students’ own instrument, its features and composition specific to that instrument
  • Half Term 2: Focus on Individual Instrument II: students’ own instrument, its features and composition specific to that instrument
  • Half Term 3: Creative Task Prep: creating music for a short story
  • Half Term 4: Listening Exam Prep: revision of all topics studied so far
  • Half Term 5: Listening Exam Prep: revision of all topics studied so far

KEY STAGE 5

  • Unit 1: Performance - 5-6 minute solo performance
  • Unit 2: Composition - one composition based on a set brief
  • Unit 3: Developing Musical Understanding - based on set pieces from the Renaissance to the present day, exploring a range of genres. A: Vocal Music B: Instrumental Music
  • Unit 4: Extended Performance - 12-15 solo performance
  • Unit 5: Composition and Technical Study
  • Unit 6: Further Musical Understanding - based on set pieces from a variety of styles and genres. A: Applied Music B: Instrumental Music

MUSIC TECH

SIXTH FORM

YEAR 12

  • Half Term 1: Sequencing a MIDI Piece: from a reduced score
  • Half Term 2: Recording Live Music: producing a finished product (CD track) from initial capture to final edit
  • Half Term 3: Arrangement: producing a version of a pre-existing song in a new style
  • Half Term 4: Listening Exam: preparation for the knowledge and understanding exam, including the history of music technology
  • Half Term 5: Listening Exam: preparation for the knowledge and understanding exam, including the development of music technology