Head of Department: Miss T Parrott
Subject: Music

Year 7
Autumn First Half Introduction to Logic:
Drum Tracks, Rock Beats
Understanding the function of the drum kit in a piece of music. Beats and Fills.
Performing a rock beat on the kit.
Composing a drum fill
Learning some rhythmic notation. Background to the 60ís, 70ís & 80ís rock/pop culture
Listening to Status Quo, Dire Straits etc, and any other relevant music

Duration Tempo Timbre Structure
Autumn Second Half Rhythm Work:
the difference between rhythm and pulse.
Performing - Tempo, Rhythm recognition.
Identifying and counting beats.
Time Signatures
Rhythmic Games
Learning about the role of the conductor and how a time signature works.  Also, how a concerto works - and where it is performed.
Listening to Mozart Horn Concerto
Duration Tempo MN Structure
Spring First Half Jazz:
the difference between Rock and Swing.
Performing,  on a Double Bass and Bass Guitar. Improvising and Scatt Singing. Singing a jazz song.
Composing -improvising
Learning about Swing Beats, Walking Bass lines incl sharps and flats and a jazz band line up. Where the music is performed.
Listening to Count Basie and Glen Miller
Pitch Duration Timbre Texture Structure MN
Spring Second Half World Music :
the structure of a Samba piece.
Performing specific rhythmic patterns.
Improvising and responing to  given pattern. Performing class piece,
Composing a class samba piece with small group solo sections.
Learning about music at carnivals.
Listening to South American Music
Duration Tempo Dynamics Timbre Texture Structure
Summer First Half Frere Jacques:
the layout of a keyboard and how a round works.
Performing - Playing and singing in a round.
Composing -Producing an imaginative arrangement using Logic.
Learning about families of instruments and some pitch notation
Listening to Grieg - In The Hall of the Mountain King
Pitch Duration Dynamics Timbre MN
Summer Second Half Primary Chords:
the function of primary chords.
Performing chord progressions and vamps.
Chord voicing.
Composing a chord vamp in Logic - then
increase the rhythmic dexterity of the chord vamp.
Learning about chord voicing and the placing of chords in music.
Listening to Beethoven 5 - 1st mov
Pitch Duration Texture MN
Text Book/s:
Assessment/exams: Each piece of work is assessed.

Subject: Music

Year 8
Autumn First Half Primary Chords continued:
the layers of bass lines and melodies with chords
Performing more chord vamps and bass lines.
Composing simple bass lines
Learning how to construct bass lines and melodies from chords.
Listening to music from the 60ís onwards
Pitch, Duration, Texture, Timbre
Autumn Second Half Guitar Work
electric and acoustic guitars, the fret system and strings.
Performing some simple riffs.
Composing a simple riff
Learning how to listen, respond and follow within a groove. Also about riffs, ostinatos and loops. Simple Tab
Listening to Ravel Bolero, Smoke on the Water and Petebox 
Pitch, Duration, Timbre, Structure, MN
Spring First Half Building Layers:
layers of grooves, vamps and riffs.
Performing a vamp.
Composing a riff, using a groove and vamp to compose melodies.
Learning about the way grooves, vamps and riffs are used to compose music. 
Listening to music by Courtney Pine and Stevie Wonder
Pitch, Duration, Timbre Texture Structure MN
Spring Second Half Band Project:
the skills required for ensemble work and the structure of the song.
Performing - singing, keys, bass, gtr chords, drums/percussion - working towards class performance.
Composing N/A
all the parts and how they fit together reading all the parts.
Listening to this song and recordings of other class performances to raise standards.
Pitch, Duration, Tempo, Structure, MN
Summer First Half Band Project continued.
Summer Second Half Music for Adverts - Understanding the crucial role of music in adverts.
Performing N/A
Composing -
using Logic to produce the music for an advert.
Learning how to match sound to action and how to source imaginative/appropriate sounds.
Listening to a avriety of adverts including composed as well as those using traditional composers. (Hamlet cigars)
Pitch, Duration, Tempo, Timbre, Dynamics
Text Book/s:
Assessment/exams: Each piece of work is assessed.

Subject: Music

Year 9
Autumn First Half Blues: (Practical Group)
the purpose of slave songs and the blues scale for solos.
Performing a blues song in swing time based on freedom/slavery.
a blues song with improvised solos.
about the background to the blues songs and slavery. The song structure and the blues scale.
Listening to a variety of slave blues songs and some more modern blues.
Pitch, Duration, Tempo, Dynamics, Texture, Structure MN
Autumn Second Half Live Lounge: (Practical Group)
how to choose an appropriate song.
a cover version
Composing -
arranging the song
how to work in an ensemble and how to practice effectively.
Listening to previous yearís work and correct versions of chosen songs.
Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Texture, Structure
Spring First Half World Music: (Practical Group)
African Street Theatre
the way music links to Art, Dance and Media
Performing solo, improvised and learned rhythmic patterns to produce a whole piece.
Composing sections of the piece and developing a coherent structure with links to movenet and visual stimuli
Learning about cross rhythms, call and response. Also the cultural background to African Music and itís links to Western Classical Tradition
Listening to Ladysmith Black Mambazo. Stravinsky - Rite of Spring/Firebird Suit
Soweta Kinch - street music
Duration, Dynamics, Structure
Spring Second Half Axis of Awesome: (Logic Work)
the way 4 chords can be used to produce whole songs.
Performing - adding a live solo where applicable.       
Composing a song using chords 1, 4, 5, 6
Learning about song structures and how to create authentic melodies
Listening to a range of songs both old and new that follow the same chord progression.
Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Structure, MN
Summer First Half Tubular Bells:
(Logic Work)
about the way a minimalistic composition develops.
Performing - learning to play some of the patterns, layering the ostinatos.
Composing - producing an arrangement of  Tubular Bells. Exploring traditional and synthesized sounds.
Learning about 7/8 - irregular time signatures.
Listening to the music of Steve Reich and Holst Mars.
Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Timbre, Texture, Structure, MN
Summer Second Half Film Music:
(Logic Work)
the use of sound in film and games.
Performing dim 7th chords, chromatic scales and note clusters.
Composing a sound track to a short film.
Learning about appropriate sounds and motifs. The recording studio and the role of the composer and the orchestra.
Listening to a variety of sound track video clips.
Pitch, Duration, Dynamics, Tempo, Timbre
Text Book/s:
Assessment/exams: Each piece of work is assessed.

Subject: Music

Year 10
Autumn First Half Composition Work:
Exploring Chord Progressions and Chord Vamps.
Melody writing.
Performance Work:
Listening Work:
Paper work and vocabulary.
Focus - Rhythm and Metre.
Autumn Second Half Composition Work:
Chord vamps and melody writing continued.
Performance Work:
How to improve, how to practice. What makes a good performance.
Listening Work:
Paper work and specific vocabulary.
Focus - Texture and Melody.
Spring First Half Composition Work:
Performance Work:
Listening Work: Vocabulary and paper work continued.
Focus - Timbre and Dynamics.
Spring Second Half Composition Work:
African Township
Ananlysis of completed works.
Performance Work:
Listening Work:
Vocabulary and paper work
Focus - Harmony and Tonality
Summer First Half Composition Work:
Pupils select the genre they wish to explore and start their first compositions.
Performance Work:
Reviewing progress, assessment and preparation for next solo.
Listening Work:
Exam prep
Focus: - Structure and Form
Summer Second Half Composition Work:
Working on individual pieces of coursework.
Performance Work:
Listening work: sit a practice paper. Begin analysis of results.
Text Book/s:
Assessment/exams: Each piece of work is assessed.

Subject: Music

Year 11
Autumn First Half Composition Work:
Complete first composition.
Performance Work:
Listening Work: Analysis of first paper and preparation for mock exam.
Focus - Rhythm and Metre, Texture and Melody.
Autumn Second Half Composition Work:
Start second composition.
Performance Work:
Mock exams - Solos.
Listening Work: Mocks - Previous summerís exam paper.
Focus - Timbre and Dynamics, Harmony and Tonality and
the link to the strand
Spring First Half Composition Work:
Complete second composition.
Performance Work: Preparation for solo and Ensemble exams week after half term.
Listening Work: How to improve on the mock exam.
Focus - Structure and Form and the link to the strand.
Spring Second Half Composition Work:
Scores, write ups and controlled assessment preparation.
Performance Work: Recordings completed during first week back.
Listening Work: Practice Papers
Focus - Recognising the Areas of Study and link to the strand in their compositions.
Summer First Half Composition Work:
Controlled Assessment write up.
Listening Work: Practice Papers. Exam technique. Vocbulary revision.

Listening Exam.
Summer Second Half  
Text Book/s:
Assessment/exams: Each piece of work is assessed.

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