The music department aims to develop students’ knowledge through a variety of instrumental performances, creative tasks, technology projects and critical listening. We aim to provide all children with the opportunity to perform and grow their confidence through a range of engaging and challenging topics. In Key Stage 3 pupils will develop the skills necessary to succeed at GCSE level by developing on skills learned in each year.
Our music lessons provide pupils with a diverse curriculum that explores music from a variety of cultures and contexts. Pupils will learn to play a range of instruments including keyboard, ukulele and Samba drums. In each topic pupils will learn key terms and develop their musical vocabulary.
In Year 7 pupils are given a benchmark assessment that is used to inform future teaching strategies. Pupils will explore a number of topics that explore the key musical elements such as rhythm, harmony and melody through a range of relevant and differentiated examples. Throughout the year pupils will have the chance to compose, perform and analyse a range of musical styles.
In Year 8 pupils will build upon their previous knowledge and begin to learn more complex techniques such as improvisation and extended chords. Pupils will learn how to perform a variety of styles including Blues, Reggae and Pop. Pupils will also begin to use music technology to compose music.
In Year 9 students begin to study topics that closely link to those on the GCSE specification such as composition, minimalism and film music. They will begin to develop a deeper knowledge of how music is created and apply this to their own work.
During KS3 pupils are assessed in a variety of ways including solo performances, group performances, aural tests and assignments. Pupils are then given detailed feedback on ways to improve.
Our music curriculum is designed to build confidence through expression and performance. Its purpose is to widen pupil’s perception of other cultures by investigating their music. The extra-curricular opportunities in school give pupils the chance to showcase their talents and apply their new skills to the outside world. We believe that music facilitates learning across a range of subjects and assists in the development of the whole child.