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Music Curriculum Intent

In music, students explore a diverse range of musical styles, from traditional western classical music to contemporary electronic dance music. We build cultural capital in lessons by allowing all students to perform, listen to, review, and evaluate pieces across a diverse range of historical periods, genres, styles, and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians from different backgrounds and traditions. Additionally, we build an appreciation of music by allowing students to learn a musical instrument, participate in music clubs, and perform in school productions and events. Students develop the musical skills of music theory, listening, composing, performing, and reflecting. They 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. Students will have the opportunity to sing and explore a range of musical instruments and music technology during whole class, individual and group practical activities. 

  • Encourage students to listen to and explore music from a diverse range of historic periods, genres, styles and traditions

  • Enable students to practise, perform and compose music using a variety of instruments and technology

  • Develop students’ confidence in exploring their voices 

  • Enrich students’ experience of music by embedding cultural capital into the music curriculum

  • Narrow the literacy and language gap to enable all students to achieve their full potential in music
     

Why Study Music?

Music is like food for the brain! It uniquely uses both sides of the brain, developing creativity and imagination as well as logic and critical thinking. As well as academic development*, it also aids emotional and spiritual well being.

 

Music is creative, mathematical and engaging. Our students learn to play, sing and perform as well as write their own music and reflect upon other peoples’ music.


Key Stage 3 Curriculum Overview

KS4 Music Foundation Curriculum Overview
 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What skills will I need?

To take BTEC music you should already be able to play an instrument or sing, and be able to create music using Garage Band. You should be a creative person who is able to work independently. You should also be open to learning about a broad range of different musical styles.

 

 

*A recent study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.

Year 7

  • Exploring our voices

  • Rhythm

  • Metamorphosis

  • African Music and Fusion

  • Popular Music
     

Year 8

  • Chords and Melody

  • Film Music

  • Blues

  • Electronic Dance Music

  • Reggae Music Remix

  • Bhangra Fusion Music

Year 9

  • Battle of the Bands

  • Programme Music

  • Bach’s Toccata Remix 

  • Exploring a wide range of Musical Genres
     

Component 1

  • Exploring Music Products and Styles

Component 2

  • Music Skills Development

Component 3

  • Responding to a music brief