Music is a world within itself. With a language we all understand. With an equal opportunity. For all to sing, dance and clap their hands.
Music is powerful and essential to our existence as human beings. It speaks to our emotions and connects our heart and mind.
Our music curriculum was born out of the vision that we hold in Performing Arts: promote creativity, promise inclusivity and pursue excellence. We firmly believe that every child has the right to an excellent musical education and that music is able to offer both academia, fun and expression of both oneself and a community.
Our curriculum offers our students, musical knowledge and skill which in turn, allows creativity to grow, be nurtured and thrive. As composers, performers and listeners, students are able to differentiate between genres and become assured in the art of music making.
Practical music making is at the heart of what we do in KS3 and all of our schemes allow our students to fully engage with developing the three disciplines of music; performing, composing and listening. We offer a rich curriculum that immerses students in historical context and music making. Soft skills are promoted and explicitly taught to foster resilience and independence.
Year 7 – Sing Up - Stomp - Keyboard Skills - African Music - Music Technology
Our newest members to the school start their journey with an exciting singing scheme culminating in the ‘Sing Up Concert’ which showcases their hard work to friends and family. We then study rhythm; focusing on notation in ‘Stomp’, musical theory is; through the keyboard skills scheme exposing students to music by Mozart, Bob Marley and Ben E King into African Music where we explore call and response, vocal methods and traditional African instruments. We arrive at the Music Technology suite to experience modern day musical production using ‘Logic Pro’ - an industry standard programming tool. Alongside these schemes we learn and constantly consider the fundamental building blocks of music incorporating Dynamics, Rhythm and pitch into all performance, reflection and discussion.
Year 8 – Guitar – Carmina Burana – Percussion – Bands – Gospel - Samba
The journey continues with an immersive year into instrumental exploration with students trying their hand at an array of musical instruments whilst continuing to add to the building blocks of knowledge. Students experience the challenge of performing together and learn crucial ensemble skills during the ‘Bands’ scheme offering up performances of their hard work to the year group. We study Drums, Guitar, keyboards and Vocals during this year and tackle pieces by Van Morrison, Bruno Mars, Chuck berry and Rogers and Hammerstein always considering the ways in which the musical elements such as Dynamics, structure and tempo have helped shape the music. In Music Technology students further their expertise by completing sequencing projects in Samba and Carmina Burana.
Year 9 – Dance music – Jazz – Oratorio – Ensembles – Sequencing – Composition
In Year 9 our students sharpen their focus by choosing one preferred instrument to specialise in. They continue to develop their skill and understanding of the instrument practically through the Jazz, Ensemble and Composition schemes. We then delve into the classical world of Oratorio through Handels ‘Messiah’ and a sequencing project on Haydn’s Trumpet Concerto. The year culminates in a practical composition project where students prepare a solo performance on their chosen instrument.
Our 2 year GCSE with OCR offers a great blend of practical, theoretical and technological study. With a 60/40 split between coursework and exam respectively, students will continue to master skills in performance and composition alongside developing their musical knowledge and theory in topics which vary from Punjabi Bhangra to Classical concerto to Samba. 50% of the coursework is computer based where students compose, sequence and create their own compositions and solos using Logic Pro in our Music Technology computer suite. The course is well rounded albeit with a slight leaning towards the more practical side of music.
Please find attached the 2019/2020 curriculum map for Music