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Curriculum

KS3

KS3 Overview

Year 7

Topic

Skills

Autumn 1

Keyboard Skills

Technique for playing the keyboard effectively.

Solo and ensemble performance.

Understand the key techniques of keyboard playing.

Understand the note names and finger numbers.

Understand how to read basic music notation.

 

Autumn 2

Rhythm and Pulse

Musical note values.

Rhythmic Performance.

Rhythmic composition.

 

 

Singing and Musical Elements

How to use your voice in singing.

Composing using the musical elements.

Develop a basic understanding of musical notation.

Use this to perform rhythms and to create a rhythmic composition.

 

Sing in unison and harmony with others.

Understand how the voice works.

Be able to describe the 8 musical elements.

Spring 1

Rap

Key features of Rap music.

How to compose and perform a rap.

 

Understand the key musical features of rap.

Perform a variety of raps.

Use their understanding to compose a rap.

 

Spring 2

Programme Music

Instrument recognition

How music can tell a story.

Composition of a piece of Programme Music.

Understand how a piece of music can tell a story or represent a character using musical elements.

Apply this understanding in their own composition.

Summer 1

Melody Writing / Ternary Form

Revise Basic Notation.

Rhythmic composition

Melodic composition.

Revise basic musical notation.

Create their own rhythms using notation.

Create a melodic shape as part of a composition.

 

Summer 2

Reggae

Key features of Reggae.

How to perform a piece of Reggae music.

 

Identify and understand the key features of Reggae Music.

Use these key features to perform a piece of Reggae Music

 

 

Year 8

Topic

Skills

Autumn 1

Popular Music

Key features of Popular Music.

How to perform a piece of Popular Music.

Identify and understand the key features of Popular Music.

Use these key features to perform a piece of Popular Music.

 

Autumn 2

Ukulele Music

Ukulele Chords.

Ukulele Melody.

Ukulele performance as a solo and ensemble.

Learn to play at least 2 or 3 chords on the ukulele.

Use these chords in the performance of a piece of music.

 

Spring 1

Film Music

How music is used in films.

Musical clich├ęs.

Film Music performance.

Film Music composition.

Understand how music is used in films.

Perform a variety of film music.

Use this knowledge to compose their own piece of music to a given clip.

 

Spring 2

Melody Writing / Ternary Form

Revise Basic Notation.

Rhythmic composition

Melodic composition.

Revise basic musical notation.

Create their own rhythms using notation.

Create a melodic shape as part of a composition.

 

Summer 1

Arrangements

Solo performance.

Arranging a piece of music to create a cover version.

Using Garageband software.

Understand how musical elements can be used to alter a musical style.

Learn to play a chosen pop song.

Record their song and make a new arrangement in a different musical style.

 

Summer 2

The Blues

The history of the Blues.

The Blues Scale.

Keyboard performance.

Improvisation.

Play chords to a steady beat on the keyboard.

Perform a piece of blues music as an ensemble, in time.

Understand the key features of blues music.

Use the Blues Scale to improvise Blues melodies.