In Years 7 and 8 students receive one lesson of Music per week.
In Year 9 students can opt to take Music as part of the creative arts options.
YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7Musical Elements:
- DR P SMITH
- Reading Music Notation
- Rhythm Games
- Singing melodies
- Creating music with Chrome Music lab
- Baseline assessments

Keyboard Skills:
Basic knowledge of how the keyboard works
- Reading Music notation
- Playing melodies and chords
- Ensemble Skills
Find your Voice:
- Creating vocal sounds
- Exploring Harmony
- Beatboxing
- Layering

Ukulele:
- Learning chords
- Ensemble playing
- Song structures
Bandlab-Musical Structures:
- Introduction to Band Lab
- Exploring different structures
- Composing Chord Patterns and melodies

Samba!:
- Latin rhythms
- Learning about carnival
- Using real instruments from Brazil
- Ensemble playing

Year 8Reggae:
- Learning chords
- Guitar Skills
- Ensemble playing
- Learning Hooks, Riffs and Basslines

Remixing/arranging:
- Sequencing
- Importing MIDI
- Arranging
All about the Bass:
- Bass Clef Reading
- Tab Reading
- Bassline Patterns/Riffs
- Bass Clef Instruments

Blues:
- Using notation
- Singing traditional Blues songs
- Playing chords
- Arranging for instruments
- Using Music Technology
Film Music:
Character Motifs
- Leit motifs
- Exploring instruments
- Composing for characters and film scenes
- Performing well known film motifs
- Keyboard skills
Year 9
(Rotations)
Rotation 1 - Music Technology Performance:
- Music Technology Skills
- Adding Effects
- Building textures- Drums, Bass, Chords, Riffs and melody
- Live and edited performance

Live Lounge project - Band project:
- Whole song class project
- Instrumental skills- Guitar/keyboards/bass/ukulele/drums
- Ensemble Performance

Rotation 2 - Songwriting - Protest Songs:
- Song analysis- John Lennon’s Imagine
- Songwriting- Chords, melody, riffs, basslines, lyrics
- Song Structures
- Music Technology skills- MIDI and audio recording
Year 10Musical forms and devices:
- Musical structures
- Musical devices used in composition
- The history of classical music

Popular Music:
- Rock and pop styles
- Chord progressions and harmony
- Set work analysis Africa - by Toto
Set work- Africa Toto:
Analysis using DR SMITH
- Whole class performance
- Exam questions


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
- Creating a brief
- Creating and developing musical ideas

Set Work- Badinerie Bach:
- Analysis using DR SMITH
- Whole class performance
- Exam questions
- Extended writing
Year 11Music for Ensemble:
- Focus on different types of small ensemble
- Musical textures
- Different sonorities
- Chamber Music
- Ensembles in Musical Theatre and Jazz/Blues

Solo Performance Recording:
- Performance technique
- Expression and communication

Composition to a Brief:
- Choosing a brief
- Creating and developing musical ideas

Composition to a Brief:
- Choosing a brief
- Creating and developing musical ideas

Ensemble Performance Recording:
- Performance technique
- Expression and communication
- Communication and working together
Revisit and Revise

Click here for the 2017 – 19 Music GCSE specification