Music

KS3

Intent

KS3 introduces students to musical language using a range of keywords, in addition to expanding student knowledge and skill in performing in groups. Since our secondary school takes students from a wide range of primaries with different types of prior Music experience, we assume that we have students with a vast range of musical experience from none to grade 8+ and plan accordingly.

Year

Topic

Knowledge

Skills

Assessment

7

Find your voice

This unit is designed to introduce students to performing in groups, singing and to some musical language to help them describe music. In this unit, students will also be guided on how to create and practise new ideas.

Texture

  • Polyphonic
  • Monophonic
  • Melody and accompaniment

Singing technique

Rehearsal technique

Singing both independently as part of a group and with others.

Singing with good technique

Creating arrangements

  • Applying textural changes

Rehearsing and learning in a group.

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

7

Rhythm

This unit builds on the textural elements of the previous topic and applies them to rhythms. This unit allows students to be more creative as they will create their own rhythms to perform in groups. Students will also be introduced to rhythmic notation during this unit.

Rhythmic notation

  • Note lengths
  • Bars
  • Time signatures

Rhythmic features

  • Syncopation

Structure

Texture

  • Monorhythmic
  • Polyrhythmic

Tempo

Pulse

Rehearsal technique

Performing rhythms

Creating rhythms

Notating rhythms

Using structural contrast and balance

  • Varying texture

Rehearsing in groups.

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

7

Melody

This unit takes what students know about rhythm and adds pitch and pitch notation. They will also learn Keyboard skills. This will also be an opportunity for students to fully engage with why music is written in certain ways.

Pitch notation

  • Treble clef
  • Bass clef
  • Accidentals

Keyboard

  • Note location
  • Playing technique

Melody

  • Pitch
  • Scales
  • Conjunct/disjunct
  • Major/minor
  • Direction

Context

Rhythm

Practising

Playing and practising the Keyboard

Describing melodies using musical language

Creating melodies for a context using musical features and rhythms.

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

7

Harmony

This unit takes what students know about pitch and Keyboards and introduces them to playing chords. Students will also be introduced to the Ukulele.

Formation of chords

  • Major
  • Minor

Keyboard chords

Ukulele chords

Chord sequences

Tab notation

Playing chords on Keyboard and Ukulele

Creating chord sequences

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

8

Blues

This unit takes what students learned about chords, melody and instruments in Year 7 and combines them. This will be an opportunity for students to first experience playing in a band.

History of the Blues

12-bar blues chord sequence

Blues scale

Walking Bass

Improvisation

Rehearsal processes

Rhythmic variation (swing)

Reading pitch notation

Performing blues features on Keyboard/Ukulele

Improvising

Rehearsal processes

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

8

Band

This will introduce students to a range of other instruments in preparation for the next project.

Pop song structure

Guitar

Bass Guitar

Drum Kit

Tab notation

How to practise

Performing on Guitar, Bass, Drum Kit

Practising

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

8

Cover song

This project takes what students know about playing in bands with instruments and applies it to a cover song.

Pop song structure

Chords

Texture

Rhythmic variation

Instrumental knowledge

Rehearsal technique

Performing on instruments

Performing with others

Rehearsing with others

Performing using range of rhythms/techniques

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

8

Song writing

This project is a culmination of everything that students learn where they will compose their own song.

Pop song structure

Chords

Melody

Instrumental

Texture

Lyrics

Rehearsal technique

Instrumental skills

Creating chord sequences and melodies using lyrics

Varying texture

Creating contrast through structure

Rehearsing and performing.

Knowledge: Show my homework quiz.

Skills: Videoed performance.

Evidence of learning in Music

Knowledge will be evidenced through Show My Homework quizzes and retrieval starters.

Skills will be evidenced through videos of student performances. Evidence of feedback comes in the form of two videos – one before whole class feedback and one after.

KS4

Knowledge and skills relating to performance are built into Key Stage 4 through regular performance lessons, extra-curricular groups and private lessons (where possible). Students will be assessed on their performance skills regularly during these lessons and will receive verbal feedback.

Year

Topic

Knowledge

Skills

Assessment

9

Musical language

This topic aims to remind students of previously learned musical language and introduce them to new language.

Students learn all keywords and language relating to the keywords.

Students will apply their knowledge of keywords through analysis of music and through performance.

Knowledge: Regular in-class assessments on knowledge of musical language. Show my homework quiz on words.

Skill: Listening test in which students apply their knowledge of musical language to pieces.

9

Bach

Features of the Baroque period

Ternary form

Fugue (texture)

Features of dance music

Motif development

Musical language

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing and developing melody lines.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

9

Beethoven

Features of the Classical/Romantic period

Sonata form

Extended melodic and harmonic ideas

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing extended melody lines with appropriate harmony.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

9

Queen

Features of Rock music.

How to make music sound fun.

Music technology.

Pop song structure

 

 

 

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing using extended chord sequences and using advanced harmony such as extended, altered and inverted chords.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

9

Purcell

Features of Baroque music.

Da capo arias

Music to tell a story including word painting.

 

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing using a repetitive bass line using harmony, melody and texture to create variety.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

10

Schwartz

Features of Music for stage.

Orchestration

Use of riffs.

Word setting

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing a melody for lyrics (word setting).

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

10

Williams

Features of film music.

Music accompanying visual stimulus.

Orchestration/textural features

 

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing a short piece for a story line.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

10

Spalding

Features of bossa nova.

Features of Jazz

Features of Samba

How to combine musical elements from different styles (fusion)

 

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing in a Samba style (polyrhythmic).

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

10

Afro Celt Sound System

Features of Celtic music.

Features of Western dance music.

Features of African music.

Combining elements from different styles.

Analysis of set work and related works using knowledge of musical language.

Composing a fusion of two styles.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz. Evidence of notes written up fully in books.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set work. Composing will be assessed using composition grids.

 

11

Revision/retrieval

Students will have a range of revision lessons aimed to continue to build their knowledge of musical language and styles throughout the year. The year will operate on a diagnosis, therapy, testing basis.

Students will practise using their knowledge by listening to a vast range of music, discussing the musical features and the impact/intention of the music.

Knowledge: Retrieval activity at the beginning of each lesson. Focus on Sound quiz.

Skill: Listening test based application of knowledge on set works.

 

11

Composing

Students will listen to music and identify compositional features.

Students will spend time applying their knowledge of musical elements and other pieces to compose their pieces for coursework.

NEA

This project will have ongoing feedback throughout the year.

 

11

Performing

Students will continue to develop their knowledge of their chosen instrument(s).

Students will continue to practise and then record their performance coursework.

NEA

This project will have ongoing feedback throughout the year.

 

Evidence of learning in Music

Knowledge will be evidenced through notes in books, show my homework quizzes, focus on sound quizzes and retrieval starters.

Skills will be evidenced through videos (as appropriate), listening tests and compositions

 

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