YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7
(9 week rotation)
Musical Elements - Creative composition:
- Exploring how the elements work
- Using voices/percussion and keyboards

Drumming around the world
- African and South American Musical traditions
- Using real instruments from Africa and Brazil
- Ensemble playing

Keyboard Skills - Basic knowledge of how the keyboard works:
- Reading Music notation
- Playing melodies and chords
- Ensemble Skills
Introduction to Musecore
-The basics of Musical language
- Inputting and creating music using notation software

Ukulele
- Learning chords
- Ensemble playing
- Song structures
Find your Voice
- Creating vocal sounds
- Exploring Harmony

Music in Adverts
- Sequencing
- Working with sound effects
- Motif
- Jingles
- Using loops
Year 8
(9 week rotation)
Remixing/arranging
- Sequencing
- Importing MIDI
- Arranging

Ukulele/Guitars
- Learning chords
- Ensemble playing
- Song structures
Ensemble Project
- Learning a four chord song
- Playing together
- Performing

Blues
- Using notation
- Playing chords
- Arranging for instruments
Songwriting
- Writing lyrics
- Creating chord patterns and drum beats

Find your voice
- Creating vocal sounds
- Exploring Harmony
Year 9
(2 x 9 week rotations)
Rotation 1 - Film Music:
Character Motifs
- Leit motifs
- Exploring instruments

Live Lounge project - Band project:
- Playing a song in groups
- Performing together

Rotation 2 - Minimalism:
- Exploring the style of minimalism
- Composition

Songwriting - Writing lyrics:
- Creating chord patterns and drum beats
Year 10Musical forms and devices
- Musical structures
- Musical devices used in composition
- Set work analysis Badinerie - by Bach

Popular Music
- Rock and pop styles
- Chord progressions and harmony
- Set work analysis Africa - by Toto
Music for Ensemble
- Focus on different types of small ensemble
- Musical textures

Film Music
- Sonority, contrast
- Through composed structures
- Relationship between story and music
Free composition project
- Free choice of composition based on skills learn throughout the year
Year 11Revisit Musical forms and Popular Music

Compositions
Solo and Ensemble performances

Composition
Revisit Film Music

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