The Music Curriculum is based on the New National Curriculum which is about:
- applying listening skills, Knowledge and Understanding through interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising.
- Controlling sounds through singing and playing – performing skills
- Creating and developing musical ideas – composing skills
- Responding and reviewing – appraising skills
- Breadth of study – performing, composing and appraising – use of ICT to create and manipulate sounds – range of live and recorded music – folk, jazz, pop genres, Western Classical music
Our Curriculum covers:
- Practical music making using keyboards, Singing, Guitars, opportunities for Music Technology, Performance, Composing and Listening. There are opportunities to play orchestral instruments in ensembles.
- Year 7 Learning to Play the Keyboard and Read Music Notation (Term One) Chinese Music (Term Two) Minimalism (Term Three).
- Year 8 – The History of the Blues, Composing Blues (Term One), Composing a Ground Bass (Term two), Understanding Indian Music (Term Three)
- Year 9 The Guitar (Term One), History of Pop Music (Term two) Film Music (Term three)
This provides a foundation for doing GCSE Music which has three elements to it:
- Listening (40%) Music of various genres, Classical, Pop, Jazz, World, and experimental.
- Performing (30%) A solo and an ensemble piece in any style
- Composing (30%) Two pieces related to 2 different areas of study.
For this year’s cohort of GCSE Music students, the pass rate was 88%.