Music

Curriculum Information

Music Y9 2018-19

Course title: Y9 Music  
How will students be assessed?
Students will build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They will develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They will listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians. They will use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

Students will be taught to:

Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression

Improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions

Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions

Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices

Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians

Develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Musical Elements

  • To develop performance skills using the keyboards
  • To be able to use staff notation to work independently on keyboard performance tasks
  • To expand and develop further knowledge of musical elements such as pitch, tempo, dynamics and texture
  • To know how to use musical vocabulary to describe, compare and evaluate music
2 (7 weeks) Instruments of the Orchestra

  •  To understand how a symphony orchestra has multiple instruments that are split into families.
  • To understand and observe the layout of the orchestra and the role of the conductor.
  • To recognise through listening instruments that play separate parts to a piece of music and identify the family that the instrument belongs to.
3 (6 weeks) Jazz and the Blues

  •  To understand the history of jazz and the blues including the various sub-genres of jazz e.g. ragtime, Dixieland, swing etc.
  • To identify various musical elements through listening to pieces of jazz and the blues
  • To learn what a swing drum beat is and play this on the drums.
  • To learn to improvise through basic composing and have this accompanied by a walking bass effect on the keyboard.
4 (6 weeks) Music and the Media

  •  To understand the history of film music including terms such as ‘diegetic and non-diegetic’ in addition to ‘horizontal layering, adaptive music and immersion’ for video game music.
  • To create a storyboard with a partner that will act as the basis of a short film.
  • To learn various musical clichés and then adapt them to create an original film composition.
5 (5 weeks) Rap Music

  • To understand the term rhyming couplets and how it is used throughout pieces of Rap Music.
  • To understand the history and social context of how rap music came into being.
  • To create several verses and a chorus within a group as a basis of a rap piece.
  • To practise saying the lyrics to a beat and then create a chord sequence to play in the background
6 (7 weeks) Pop Music/Special Project

  • To understand how pop music developed through the decades
  • To play pieces of pop music on the keyboard
  • To investigate a band or artist of their choice in order to prepare to give a presentation building upon the knowledge gained this year.

 

 

Y10 Music  2018-19

Course title: GCSE Music Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 1MU0
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel GCSE in Music comprises three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/realisations for:

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance
  • The combined duration must be at least four minutes in duration. Each performance must be at least one minute.

Unit 2: Composing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/written accounts for:

  • Two compositions – one to a set brief, one free composition.
  • The combined duration must be at least three minutes in duration. Each composition must be at least one minute.

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Students will be assessed with a 1 hour and 45 minute exam at the end of year 11.

  • All questions relate to the set work.
  • The paper will be in two sections
    Section A (68 marks):

o   Six questions related to six of the eight set works
o   One short melody/rhythm completion exercise
o   One question on an unfamiliar piece with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B (12 marks):

o   One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Students receive 5 lessons of music a fortnight. These will be split 2x appraisal, 2x composition, 1x performing.

Appraising/Listening

  • ·         Core skills:

o   Rhythm and Metre
o   Melody and Dynamics
o   Harmony and Tonality
o   Texture and Timbre
o   Form and Structure

Composition

  • Revision of treble/bass clef notation
  • Theory of extended chords
  • Group compositions based on rhythm and single melody lines.

Performance

  • Practise on solo performance
2 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 3 – Music for Stage and Screen:
    o   S Schwartz: “Defying Gravity”
  • AoS 2 – Vocal Music:
    o   Queen: “Killer Queen”

Composition

  • Formation of chords
  • Key signatures
  • Group compositions making use of more complex melodies and simple harmonies

Performance

  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
3 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 2: Vocal Music
    o   Purcell: Music for a While
  • AoS 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820
    o   JS Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 in D major

Composition

  • Extended harmonies
  • Longer group compositions making use of more complex harmony

Performance

  • Limited transposition skills
  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
4 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 1: Instrumental Music 1700-1820
    o   Beethoven: 1st Movement from Pathetique Sonata in C minor

Composition

  • Use of structure within compositions
  • Making use of differing textures
  • General ideas for assessed composition 1

Performance

  • Extended transposition skills
  • Aural skills
  • Continuing practise on solo performance
5 (5 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • AoS 2 – Vocal Music:
    o   Queen: “Killer Queen”

Composition

  • Refinement of ideas for assessed composition 1
  • Making use of dynamics and articulation within the compositions.

Performance

  • Preparation for recording in half term 6.
  • Arrange for an accompanist if needed and rehearse with them. JST available for this.
6 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  • Revision of set works covered so far including practise exam questions
  • Rhythm dictation/melody dictation exercises

Composition

  • Finalise composition 1 including printing score and creating audio file.
  • Submission to JST of all materials for composition 1.

JST to mark and suggest any final edits to be done before end of the year.

Performance

  • Finalise all work on solo performance.
  • Record and photocopy score.
  • Re-record if necessary before end of the year.

 

Y11 Music – 2018-19

Course title: GCSE Music Exam board: Edexcel Specification code: 1MU0
How will students be assessed?
The Edexcel GCSE in Music comprises three units.

Unit 1: Performing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/realisations for:

  • One solo performance
  • One ensemble performance
  • The combined duration must be at least four minutes in duration. Each performance must be at least one minute.

Unit 2: Composing Music

Students are required to produce recordings and provide scores/written accounts for:

  • Two compositions – one to a set brief, one free composition.
  • The combined duration must be at least three minutes in duration. Each composition must be at least one minute.

Unit 3: Listening and Appraising

Students will be assessed with a 1 hour and 45 minute exam at the end of year 11.

  • All questions relate to the set works
  • The paper will be in two sections

Section A (68 marks):
o   Six questions related to six of the eight set works
o   One short melody/rhythm completion exercise
o   One question on an unfamiliar piece with questions on its musical elements, musical contexts and musical language.

Section B (12 marks):
o  One question that asks students to compare and/or evaluate the musical elements, musical contexts and musical language of one set work with one unfamiliar piece of music.

Half term Key content
1 (8 weeks) Students receive 5 lessons of music a fortnight. These will be split 2x appraisal, 2x composition, 1x performing.

Appraising/Listening

  • AoS 3 – Music for Stage and Screen:
    o   Defying Gravity
  • Melody/Rhythm Dictation
  • Wider Listening

Composition

  • Theory of extended chords
  • Complete Free Composition.

Performance

  • Complete and record solo performance
2 (7 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  • AoS 4 – Fusions:
    o   Afro Celt Sound System: “Release”
  • Melody/Rhythm Dictation
  • Wider Listening

Composition

  • Handing out of composition briefs for composition 2
  • Idea collection for second composition
  • Submission of composition 1 for JST to mark

Performance

  • Ensemble performance preparation and rehearsal
  • Submission of recording and score for solo performance for JST to mark
3 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

  • AoS 4 – Fusions
    o   Esperanza Spalding: “Samba Em Preludio”
  • Wider Listening

Composition

  • Feedback and editing on composition 1
  • General ideas for composition 2

Performance

  • Feedback on solo performance
  • Practise for ensemble performance
4 (6 weeks) Appraising/Listening

Set works:

  • Practise essay questions

 Composition

  • Refinement of ideas for composition 2
  • Preparation of score and recording
  • Submission of recording and score for marking and feedback – Thursday 29 April 2018

 Performance

  • Final practise on ensemble performance
  • Submission of recording and score for marking and feedback
5 Appraising/Listening

  • Revision of set works
  • Practise essay questions

Composition

  • Feedback and editing on composition 2
  • Final submission for all coursework

Performance

  • Feedback on ensemble performance – re-record if necessary
  • Final submission for all coursework