Download the Curriculum and Vision Statement for Music

Academic year 2021-22

What are we studying?

YEAR 7

UNIT 1: Piano/Keyboard Skills
Piano Duet Composition & Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Improvised a piano duet composition
  • Performed a piano duet composition

Students will be taught:

  • To collaborate musically in pairs, improvising musical ideas, composing using idiomatic melodic and harmonic devices
  • Basic techniques for playing the piano
  • To rehearse and perform on the piano with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To cooperate, rehearse, and perform as part of a musical ensemble on the piano
  • To compose meeting a brief, utilising musical elements such as: melody, triads, ostinato, pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, tonality, repetition & contrast, musical structures

UNIT 2: Ensemble Skills
Percussion Ensemble Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Rehearsed an individual part within an ensemble
  • Performed an individual part within an ensemble

Students will be taught:

  • To cooperate, rehearse, and perform as part of a small musical group
  • To build general ensemble skills, sense of timing, and how different layers of music fit together
  • Basic techniques for playing percussion instruments
  • To rehearse and perform with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To incorporate tempo and dynamics to enhance the performance

UNIT 3: Vocal Skills
Solo or Small Group Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Learned a range of vocal performing techniques
  • Rehearsed a vocal piece
  • Performed a vocal piece

Students will be taught:

  • Vocal and performing technique
  • To build confidence using their voice as an instrument
  • To rehearse and perform using their voice with accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To rehearse specifically with the intention of a performance

UNIT 4: Music Technology Composition
Spooky Music Soundscape

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Composed to meet a set brief and specific musical outcome
  • Learned the basic techniques for using a DAW (Digital, Audio Workstation)

Students will be taught:

  • To collaborate musically in pairs, improvising musical ideas
  • To realise a composition using the DAW
  • To compose using idiomatic melodic and harmonic devices
  • To compose meeting brief utilising musical elements such as: melody, triads, ostinato, pitch, tempo, dynamics, texture, tonality, repetition & contrast, and musical structures
  • To utilise basic DAW based terminology, recording, editing, and mixing techniques

YEAR 8

UNIT 1: Piano/Keyboard Skills
Piano Duet Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Rehearsed a piano duet piece
  • Performed a piano duet piece

Students will be taught:

  • More advanced techniques for playing the piano
  • To rehearse individually and then in pairs and perform on the piano with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To build their ensemble skills
  • To monitor and self-regulate their practise time effectively

UNIT 2: Ensemble Skills
Blues Style Composition & Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Composed to meet a set brief and music style
  • Composed an individual part within an ensemble
  • Performed an individual part within an ensemble

Students will be taught:

  • To improvise musical ideas, cooperate, ,and collaborate as part of a small musical group
  • To incorporate appropriate Blues idioms into the composition to reflect the style
  • To further build ensemble skills, sense of timing, and how more difficult layers of music fit together
  • Techniques for playing piano, ukulele, and percussion instruments
  • To rehearse and perform with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression

UNIT 3: Vocal Skills
Solo or Small Group Performance 

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Learned a range of vocal performing techniques
  • Rehearsed a vocal piece
  • Performed a vocal piece

Students will be taught:

  • Vocal and performing technique
  • To build confidence using their voice as an instrument
  • To rehearse and perform using their voice with accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To rehearse specifically with the intention of a performance

UNIT 4: Music Technology Composition
Drum & Bass

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Composed to meet a set brief and musical style
  • Learned basic AUDIO editing and sequencing techniques for the DAW (Digital, Audio Workstation)

Students will be taught:

  • To collaborate musically in pairs, arranging existing musical ideas, and creating new musical ideas
  • To realise a composition using the DAW
  • To compose using audio sampling and editing techniques
  • To compose meeting brief utilising musical elements such as: loops, triads, ostinato patterns, bass lines, tempo, texture, repetition & contrast, and appropriate musical structures
  • To utilise basic DAW based terminology, recording, editing, and mixing techniques

YEAR 9

UNIT 1: Piano/Keyboard Skills
Solo Piano Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Rehearsed a piano solo piece
  • Performed a piano solo piece

Students will be taught:

  • More advanced techniques for playing the piano
  • How to rehearse as an individual, self-motivation
  • To self-evaluate and self-regulate their progress and practise time by setting personal targets
  • To build their solo performing skills
  • How to perform on the piano with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression

UNIT 2: Ensemble Skills
Minimalist Style Composition & Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Composed to meet a set brief/music style
  • Composed an individual part within an ensemble
  • Performed an individual part within an ensemble

Students will be taught:

  • To improvise musical ideas, cooperate, ,and collaborate as part of a small musical group
  • To incorporate appropriate Minimalist idioms into the composition to reflect the style
  • To further build ensemble skills, sense of timing, and how more difficult layers of music fit together
  • Techniques for playing piano, ukulele, and percussion instruments
  • To rehearse and perform with confidence, accuracy, fluency, and expression

 UNIT 3: Vocal Skills
Solo or Small Group Performance

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Learned a range of vocal performing techniques
  • Rehearsed a vocal piece
  • Performed a vocal piece

Students will be taught:

  • Vocal and performing technique
  • To build confidence using their voice as an instrument
  • To rehearse and perform using their voice with accuracy, fluency, and expression
  • To rehearse specifically with the intention of a performance

UNIT 4: Music Technology Composition
Arrangement/Variations of a Song

By the end of the unit students will have:

  • Composed to meet a set brief and musical style
  • Learned more advanced MIDI and AUDIO editing and sequencing techniques for the DAW (Digital, Audio Workstation)

Students will be taught:

  • To collaborate musically in pairs, arranging existing musical ideas, and creating new musical ideas
  • To realise a composition using the DAW using a range of MIDI and audio and editing techniques
  • To compose meeting brief utilising musical elements such as: development, variation, triads, ostinato patterns, bass lines, tempo, texture, repetition & contrast, and appropriate musical structures
  • To utilise basic DAW based terminology, recording, editing, and mixing techniques

OTHER INFORMATION
KS3 are on a Performing Arts Rotation with Drama and Music.
They study 1 discipline per 3 terms

Year 10 and 11

No year 10 or 11 cohort this year.

CONTACT DETAILS
Coordinator & Head of Subject: Mr Lee Spencer
LSpencer@wykhampark-aspirations.org

THE MUSIC TOOLBOX
Everything you need to be successful in Music

  • Commitment
  • Resilience
  • Patience
  • Self-belief
  • Ability to be constructively critical
  • Pro-active approach to practise/rehearsal

KEY VOCABULARY

  • Dynamics
  • Rhythm
  • Melody
  • Articulation
  • Tempo
  • Texture
  • Pitch
  • Structure
  • Metre
  • Instrumentation
  • Tonality
  • Harmony

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