Key Stage 3
The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:
- Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
- Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
- Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
In Year Seven pupils perform and sing as individuals, in small ensembles and as part of the whole class. They take part in a variety of music for different occasions and from different genres. They develop skills in composition; learning about different structures, using major and minor keys and improvising rhythmical pieces. They learn to use Sibelius (notation software) to enable them to notate their work or compose for a wider variety of instruments. They learn to listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians and to appreciate and understand the range of musical contexts and styles studied this year.
In Year Eight pupils continue to build their performance and compositional skills in a holistic way performing as an individual, in a small ensemble and as part of the whole class. They develop their compositional skills; looking in particular at how to write a song and work as a folk musician using more complex structures. They build on their basic understanding of using Sibelius (notation software) to compose in a variety of genres. They continue to explore world music and improvisation through a topic on Samba and to develop skills in appraising music they are listening to and performing.
In Year Nine pupils continue to build their performance and compositional skills in a holistic way performing as an individual and in groups. They extend their knowledge of arranging and performing music through a variety of contrasting genres; Jazz, Experimental Music and Pop Music. Ultimately they use these skills to arrange and perform a cover of a current pop song. They continue to explore world music and improvisation through a topic on Samba. They continue to develop skills in appraising music they are listening to and performing.