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Music explores creativity and expression, enabling us to learn and follow rules and conventions and inspiring us to push boundaries and develop new and innovative ideas. Reflecting on the work of others to help us develop our own musicianship.

In today’s society, we have access to a world of music, sound, innovation and inspiration at our fingertips; such a wealth of music has never been so accessible. We are privileged to be able to both study how music has developed historically and to become musicians, performers and composers in our own right. 

Music provides students with the opportunity to

  • Develop instrumental and vocal skills
  • Learn to compose melodies, harmonies and develop musical ideas
  • Understand the conventions of music theory and notation
  • Explore musical innovation and develop experimental composition ideas
  • Listen and respond to a range of musical styles and genres
  • Participate in wide range of enrichment activities

 

Music is an irresistible and invigorating force, stronger than all infinities, which ignites one’s dreams, enthusiasm and confidence.
Ethan, Year 11

Curriculum information:

Year 7

Learning outcomes

Students will be able to read treble clef musical notation. They will develop performance skills using keyboards and ukuleles, and develop knowledge and understanding of the elements of music and how they are used, through composing, performing and appraising.

Topics taught

  • Elements of music
  • Treble clef notation
  • Instrumental skills
  • Harmony
  • Ensemble performance

Year 8

 

Learning outcomes

Students will consolidate their notation skills and develop further keyboard skills. They will be able to read and play chords on ukulele, and prepare solo and ensemble performances. Students will compose using music software, and develop appraisal and analytical skills using the elements of music.

Topics taught

  • Elements of music
  • Treble clef notation
  • Blues music
  • Film music
  • Ensemble performance
  • Music technology

Year 9

 

Learning outcomes

Students will further consolidate their treble clef notation skills and be able to read bass clef musical notation. They will develop their knowledge and understanding of major and minor chords and use this as a basis for composing and performing work, both as a soloist and in an ensemble.

Topics taught

  • Chords and riffs
  • Music technology
  • Bass clef notation
  • Cover songs
  • Film music

Year 10

 

Learning outcomes

Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of music theory, building the skills needed for creative and stylish composition work. They will develop their independent practice skills as they prepare for solo and ensemble performances, and will begin study of the set works in the vocal music, instrumental music and music for stage and screen.

Topics taught

  • Treble clef notation
  • Bass clef notation
  • Sibelius software skills
  • Melody writing
  • Major and minor chords
  • Extended chords and cadences
  • Vocal music
  • Instrumental music
  • Music for stage and screen

Year 11

 

Learning outcomes

Students will complete all aspects of their composing and performing controlled assessments. They will complete their analytical study of the final set works in areas of study 2 and 4, and build and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the set works studied in Year 10.

Topics taught

  • Composing controlled assessment
  • Solo and ensemble performing controlled assessment
  • Area of study 4: World music
  • Area of study 2: Music in the 20th Century
  • Exam preparation
Music is not just something to know or learn, it’s something to inspire.
Robbie, Year 7