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Music

Subject Leader – Mrs Peacock (Performing Arts)
Music Teacher – Miss Tompkins

The department consists of one large teaching classroom and 3 practice rooms, which are available for students to use to rehearse their instrument upon request.
Instrumental lessons are also available from our external providers: TVMS and Etude. Lessons are currently available on- Violin, Viola, Cello, Double Bass, Guitar, Piano, Drums, Clarinet, Flute, Saxophone, Voice, Trumpet, Horn and Trombone. If we do not currently offer your instrument of choice please contact the department. Extra-curricular activities include Campus Band and Music Theory group.

Key Stage 3 Music overview:
Key stage 3 Music is designed to allow students to develop their knowledge of music through the 3 key music disciplines: Performance, Composition, and Listening and Appraising. Students will explore music from many different composers, genres and traditions during the three years.

Key Stage 3 possible homework tasks and useful sites:
Research tasks, and Self-assessment evaluation tasks as a follow up to a practical task/scheme of work/end of unit.
soundjunction.org; youtube.com; tvmsinteractive.co.uk

Year 7
Aims:
To gain experience, understanding and knowledge of many musical styles and techniques. To explore students understanding of music through composition, performance and analytical listening.
Topics include:
The Elements of Music, Introduction to the Keyboard, Musicals, and Moods in Music.

Year 8
Aims:
To gain experience, understanding and knowledge of a variety of musical styles and techniques. To enable students to further develop their understanding through composition, performance and analytical listening.
Topics include:
Theme and Variation, Music and the Media, Around the world in Music, Orchestras, and Introduction to Pop.

Year 9
Aims:
To progress students’ abilities in performing, composing and the understanding of musical theory. To develop the understanding of theory needed for success in GCSE Music.
Topics include:
Pop into Parody, Film, The Jazz ‘n’ Blues and Ukulele melodies

GCSE Music (Year 10 and 11)
Aims:
To appraise, develop and demonstrate an in-depth knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical context and musical language.
Topics:
Students follow the AQA Syllabus for Music. The course consists of units in Performing, Composing, Listening and Appraising with one exam at the end of the course. A wide range of music is studied including four set works, one from each of the four Areas of Study as below:
1 Western classical tradition 1650 – 1910
2 Popular music
3 Traditional music
4 Western classical tradition since 1910.
Possible homework tasks and useful sites:
Regular practice of voice/instrument in addition to their instrumental lessons. Preparation work, evaluation of controlled assessment time; Opportunities to attend concerts; Expectation to be involved in extracurricular music in school
BBC Bitesize; Soundjunction.org; musictheory.net; auralworkshop.com; earmaster.com

For more information about the Music curriculum please contact Mrs Peacock.