KS3 Curriculum Overview: Music


Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Elements of Music

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness, Creating Imagining, and Innovating.

Knowledge & Skills
  • Developing an understanding of the elements of music.
  • Being able to define the elements of music.
  • Developing their basic keyboard skills.
  • Developing their ability to listen out for changes in the elements of music within a piece of music.
Assessment

Composition based

Autumn Term 2

I’ve Got Rhythm

Ethos links

Sustainability – composing a piece to accompany a video educating people on sea pollution.
Character – developing aspects of Listening, Creating and Innovating.

Knowledge & Skills
  • Developing their knowledge and skills of reading rhythmic notation.
  • Understanding and recalling the different note lengths.
  • To begin to be able to notate a piece of music.
  • To be able to start performing rhythms from reading a notation.
Assessment

Performance based

Spring Term 1

Ukuleles

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Character – developing aspects of Problem Solving, Planning and Organisation.

Knowledge & Skills
  • Develop their basic ukulele skills
  • To be able to define what a chord is
  • To begin to be able to read a chord chart
  • To begin to move between chords fluently and accurately on the ukulele.
Assessment

Composition based

Spring Term 2

Theme and Variation

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Character – developing aspects of Listening skills and Resilience.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To explain the difference between a theme and variation.
  • To begin to gain more developed keyboard skills.
  • To understand what makes an effective variation of a theme.
  • To begin to develop performance skills.
Assessment

Performance based

Summer Term 1

Hooks, Riffs and Ostinatos

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of Problem Solving, Planning and Organisation.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to explain the difference between a hook, riff, and ostinato.
  • To be able to correct identify a hook, riff, and ostinato from hearing one.
  • To understand what makes an effective riff, hook, or ostinato.
  • To being to develop more analytical listening skills.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising based

Summer Term 2

Instruments of the Orchestra

Ethos links

Character – developing links to prior learning

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to describe a particular instruments timbre.
  • To be able identify the 4 sections of the orchestra and which instrument belongs to which section.
  • To be able to understand the layout of the orchestra and the relevance and importance this has.
  • To develop listening and appraising skills.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising based

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

Rock n Roll

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – links to Marshall

Knowledge & Skills
  • Developing an understanding of what the 12-bar blues consists of.
  • To be able to identify key features of a Rock n Roll piece of music.
  • To begin to play accompaniment chords fluently and accurately.
  • To understand the origins and context of Rock n Roll music.
Assessment

Performance based

Autumn Term 2

Introduction to Music Sequencing

Ethos links

STEM – using Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) to create their own piece of music using music technology

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to define what a DAW is.
  • To understand the purpose and benefits of using a DAW.
  • To begin to apply the elements of music into a composition.
  • To understand how sampling and other effects can be used to create an effective composition.
Assessment

Composition based

Spring Term 1

Musical Theatre

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – links to the Stables and Milton Keynes Theatre

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to understand and define with Musical Theatre and Opera are.
  • To understand makes an effective piece of musical theatre.
  • To develop an understanding for the importance of story telling through music.
  • To identify the key features of a piece of musical theatre.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising based

Spring Term 2

Beethoven

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of creating, imagining, and innovating.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to play a piece of classical keyboard fluently and accurately.
  • To understand and analyse how Beethoven was so successful considering his limitations.
  • To identify the key features of a piece of classical music.
  • To be able to identify changes in the elements of music within a piece of classical music.
Assessment

Performance based

Summer Term 1

Gamelan Music

Ethos links

Sustainability – understanding how third world countries create and access music.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to identify key features of Gamelan music.
  • To be able to perform and read rhythms accurately using percussion instruments.
  • To develop an understanding for the context and history behind Gamelan Music.
  • To identify traditional instruments used in Gamelan Music.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising based

Summer Term 2

Music for Adverts

Ethos links

STEM – using Digital Audio Workstations to create their own piece of music using music technology

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to implement elements of music affectively on a DAW.
  • To understand and identify what makes a successful advert.
  • To apply their understanding of what makes a successful advert by creating one.
  • To identify effects used on a DAW.
Assessment

Composition based

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

Film Music

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of listening, planning and organisation.
STEM – use of music technology available to create composition.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To identify what makes effective film music.
  • To understand how music in films can be used to enhance a story.
  • To develop compositional techniques which allows students to effectively compose a piece of film music.
  • To consider how instruments/software’s most suit particular genres of film music.
Assessment

Composition based

Autumn Term 2

Concerto Through Time

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of problem solving and resilience.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to recall the time periods covered and a composer from each.
  • To be able to analyse and identify features of that period.
  • To be able to identify instruments that were most used in each period.
  • To be able to transfer features from a particular time into a composition.
Assessment

Composition based

Spring Term 1

Computer and Video Game Music

Ethos links

STEM – having knowledge of music technology/ DAW to understand what makes an affective piece of music suitable for a computer/video game.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To understand how music technology/DAW is used effectively in a computer/video game.
  • To identify how certain effects are used to enhance a character/story line in a computer/video game.
  • To understand how the elements of music can be manipulated using music technology/ DAW.
  • To being to analyse why particular effects/ instruments have been chosen to represent certain aspects of a story line.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising Based

Spring Term 2

Latin American Music

Ethos links

Sustainability – understanding how third world countries create and access music.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to identify key features of Latin American music.
  • To be able to perform and read rhythms accurately using percussion or other instruments.
  • To develop an understanding for the context and history behind Latin American Music.
  • To identify traditional instruments used in Latin American Music.
Assessment

Performance Based

Summer Term 1

Introduction to the Music Industry

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – links to be made to show what is available locally in terms of a career within the music industry.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To be able to identify the key categories that jobs fall into within the music industry.
  • To understand the skill set required for certain job roles.
  • To plan a concert effectively by taking into consideration equipment/ staff/ budget etc.
  • To understand the opportunities that are available within the local area in aspects of the music industry.
Assessment

Listening and Appraising Based

Summer Term 2

Musical Futures

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of planning, organisation and problem solving.

Knowledge & Skills
  • To work effectively as a group to rehearse and perform a cover song.
  • To prepare mock marketing materials, considering their target audience.
  • To use the elements of music within their performance.
  • To understand how the elements of music can be adapted in order to make an effective cover song.
Assessment

Performance Based

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