Music

Head of Department:
Mr David Godfree

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Year 7
The Year 7 curriculum aims to stimulate students of all abilities to develop their appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in performing, composing, listening and appraising.  Through a largely practically based course, students are encouraged to develop their musical skills in the areas of performing and composing. Through listening and appraising, students are encouraged to develop a sensitive and critical response to music from different cultures and historical styles. 

Topics include:

  • Rhythm / Western drum rhythms / African drum rhythms
  • Rhythm grid notation
  • Traditional stave notation
  • Melody / melody graphs / melodic improvisation
  • Pentatonic scales / ostinatos and riffs
  • Fanfare composition
  • Ground bass and Canon composition
  • Basic chord patterns

Year 8
Teachers will provide a range of learning resources to motivate and challenge all students. Students will access a range of equipment including Yamaha DGX230 electronic pianos and Apple eMac computers to foster the development of keyboard skills and to develop ensemble and improvisation skills.

Topics will include:

  • Indonesian gamelan music
  • Minimalist composition techniques
  • 12-bar blues and blues improvisation
  • The development of Jazz
  • Theme and Variations
  • Making arrangements
  • Common chord patterns used in popular music
  • Extending knowledge of stave notation

Year 9 
The Year 9 curriculum (2 lessons per cycle) aims to stimulate students of all abilities to develop their appreciation and enjoyment of music through an active involvement in performing, composing, listening and appraising. Through a largely practically based course, students are encouraged to develop their musical skills in the areas of performing and composing.In Year 9 topics will include:

  • Reggae music
  • Britpop music of the 1980s/1990s
  • Rondo form
  • Film music
  • Modes and Modal scales
  • Chord progressions / song writing techniques
  • Extended keyboard skills
 
 

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