Music

Year 7

TermAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Weeks856675
Unit Title:Elements of musicWinter InterformHip HopNotationPatternsRevision and assessment
Overview (content/skills)Pupils learn the foundation of music analysis by focusing on dynamics, rhythm, structure, melody, instruments, texture, tempo and harmony.

Skills: ICT, vocal, keyboard, ICT, rhythmic, appraising/theory.
Pupils collaboratively prepare a class performance for the December interform competition.

Skills: Vocal, rhythmic
Pupils look at the history of Hip Hop and use a sequencer (Logic) to create an original track over which they perform an original rap.

Skills: rhythmic, ICT, keyboard, vocal, composition, appraising/theory.
Pupils explore different ways music can be notated (grids, tablature, graphics and staff notation).

Skills: rhythmic, keyboard, ensemble, composition, appraising/theory
Pupils explore percussive music from Brazil (samba), West African drumming and Gamelan.

Skills: rhythmic, ensemble, composition, vocal, improvisation, ICT.
Pupils review the year’s units.

Skills: rhythmic, vocal, appraising/theory.
Some subject specific literacy:Music vocabulary including Italian terms. Notation. Evaluation.Evaluation and vocal technique.Writing a rap, appraising, notation. Evaluation.Understanding/reading different types of notation. Evaluation.Reading notation, key features of each style. Evaluation.Music vocabulary including Italian terms. Notation. Key features. Evaluation.
Numeracy:Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.
Assessment:Baseline listening assessment.Interform performance and evaluationFinal rap track/performance.Graphic score + performance.Whole-class performance and group composition.Listening assessment.

Year 8

TermAutumn 1Autumn 2Spring 1Spring 2Summer 1Summer 2
Weeks776675
Unit Title:Film MusicBlues and JazzRemixSongwritingCover VerisonsInterform
Overview (content/skills)Pupils learn about compositional techniques relating to different genres of film.

Skills: composition, vocal, ICT, appraising/theory.
Pupils explore the history of the Blues whilst learning how to play/sing Blues verses on ukulele and piano.

Skills: ukulele, keyboard, ICT, improvisation, appraising/theory.
Pupils explore key features of dance and classical music, creating an original dance remix of a classical piece.

Skills: keyboard, ICT, composition, appraising/theory.
Pupils explore the fundamentals of songwriting. They form bands to create their own original song.

Skills: mixed instrumental, ICT, vocal, ensemble, composition, appraising/theory.
Pupils consider how to create a cover version, comparing original songs to other version. They form bands to create their own cover version of a chosen song.

Skills: ensemble, mixed instrumental, composition, vocal, appraising/theory.
Pupils collaboratively prepare a class performance for the July interform competition.

Skills: rhythmic, vocal, instrumental
Some subject specific literacy:Vocabulary relating to compositional techniques. Evaluation.Writing Blues verses. History of the Blues. Key features of Blues/Jazz music. Evaluation. Notation.Key features of dance/classical. Evaluation. Notation.Composition techniques. Lyric writing. Evaluation. Notation.Lyrics of chosen song. Comparison questions. Evaluation. Notation.Lyrics of chosen song. Performance success criteria. Evaluation. Notation.
Numeracy:Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.Relating to metre and rhythm.
Assessment:Final composition – pupils chose a clip to compose for.Group Blues performanceFinal remix trackFinal songGroup pop song performanceInterform performance and evaluation