Music - Key Stage 3

KS3 students follow a course in music designed to motivate, challenge and elicit success, regardless of background or aptitude. Through the integrated practical activities of performing, composing and listening students deepen and expand their knowledge, skills and understanding.

Schemes of work are closely linked with the National Curriculum Programme of Study in Music, providing opportunities to actively engage in different forms of music making, to appreciate a wide variety of styles and genres and to understand the ways in which music is structured and influenced by time and place.

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Most units last approximately half a term and build upon previous units: although different styles, ideas and genres may be explored, students will constantly revisit, consolidate and develop the skills and knowledge they have already acquired. Students are assessed at the end of each unit, although teacher, peer and self-assessment is an ongoing process throughout.

Year 7 Projects

Autumn 1 Bridging Unit: What can I hear? The Elements of Music; understand how music is created using composition, analysis and performance tasks.
Autumn 2 Rhythm & Pulse Rhythms & time signatures; understand how rhythms are written, perform set tasks and create rhythmic compositions. Listening tests.
Spring 1 Pitch & AABA Pitch; Learn to read music, compose, write and perform a AABA structured composition. Written tests on pitch.
Spring 2 Keyboard skills Keyboard; Learn to play keyboard, read music and use the functions to enhance performances.
Summer Form & Structure Analysis; explore different structures in music, perform, compose and analysis tasks.

Year 8 Projects

Autumn 1 Minimalism Historical context; composition & performance including phasing, rhythmic displacement, layering.
Autumn 2 Triads & Improvisation Learn the even-tempered 12 semitones of western music. Triad chords; chord sequences. Produced a composition using Sibelius software
Spring 1 Music for Media Learn Foley artist skills, create atmospheric music for a scene, compose a jingle for a product. Timing skills, understanding instrumental timbres Cubase/Sibelius music software.
Spring 2 Theme & Variation Performing skills; composition, how to create variations altering pitch, rhythm, timbres, instruments, pulse, order.
Summer 1 Reggae Context, characteristics, styles, syncopation, rhythms.

Year 9 Projects

Autumn 1 Hip Hop Context, characteristics, devices and conventions; compose a backing track & write rap lyrics. Final group track recorded in the studio
Autumn 2 Ground Bass Performance; composition analysis, group performance of Pachelbel’s canon with a ‘twist’
Spring 1 4 chord song writing Idiomatic characteristics and devices of a typical pop song; compose a 4 chord sequence, perform on band instruments, write lyrics and a melody line, group performance of final song.
Spring 2 20th Century Music Historical context; Impressionism, serialism, improvisation, adaptation of materials/equipment available.
Summer Cover Song Popular song in context; analyse the structure, learn to play as a band, study new instrumentation, TAB, chord sequences of a pop song a recreate a cover using band instruments. Assessment of performing skills.