Music

What will students learn?

Year 7

  • Creative musical skills – using a wide range of musical instruments and their voices
  • Using musical key words such as dynamics, tempo, pitch and structure
  • Learning identify and read rhythms
  • Composition skills
  • Ensemble skills

Year 8

  • Performance skills – singing, the guitar, the drum kit and keyboard
  • Composing music
  • Melody – song writing
  • Key musical words
  • Ensemble skills – working in small groups to create effective compositions
  • There will be opportunities for students to use music software packages to enhance composition skills.  

Year 9

  • Performance skills using current popular music as inspiration
  • The study of music from other cultures
  • Listening skills relating to all aspects of music
  • Learning to compose using the keyboard and music software packages.  

How will they be assessed?

Year 7

  • Performance tests at the end of every unit of work
  • Written tests based on vocabulary, rhythm and pitch
  • During each unit students will be given feedback on how to improve their performances. After each unit, targets are set for the next unit

Year 8

  • End of unit performances
  • Presentations
  • During each unit pupils are given feedback on how to improve their performances

Year 9

  • Students performances are assessed every lesson but formally assessed at the end of every unit.
  • Presentations

Home Learning

Year 7

Home learning project work will be set during the course of the year. Information and guidance in how you can support your child will be sent out before the start of the project

Year 8

Home learning project work will be set during the course of the year. Information and guidance in how you can support your child will be sent out before the start of the project

Year 9

Students are expected to arrange to rehearse together with their group at lunchtimes and to practise their part individually

Students will be expected to prepare and present a 5 minute talk Musical Theatre

Other home learning tasks will be set at various points throughout the academic year in accordance with the home learning timetable.

How can parents support their child?

Year 7

Encourage them to listen to a variety of different styles of music at home

Encourage them to join one of the music clubs – choir, guitar club, keyboard club or steel pans.

If they are already learning an instrument make sure that they are practising regularly and attending their instrumental/vocal lessons each week.

If they are interested in learning an instrument ask them to come to the music department and collect a letter from Mrs Bowerman.  

Year 8

Encourage them to listen to a variety of different styles of music at home • Encourage them to join one of the music clubs – choir, keyboard club or steel pans.

If they are already learning an instrument make sure that they are practising regularly and attending their instrumental/vocal lessons each week.

If they are interested in learning an instrument ask them to come to the music department and collect a letter from Mrs Bowerman. 

Year 9

Encourage them to listen to a variety of different styles of music at home • Encourage them to join one of the music clubs – choir, keyboard club or steel pans.

If they are already learning an instrument make sure that they are practising regularly and attending their instrumental/vocal lessons each week.

If they are interested in learning an instrument ask them to come to the music department and collect a letter from Mrs Bowerman.