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The Key Stage 3 music course is divided into several units of study for each of the year groups; 7, 8 and 9. Different musical styles and genres are explored in each unit, with students experiencing a wide variety of music from the Baroque period to the popular music of today.

Each unit provides students with opportunities to acquire and apply new practical skills and knowledge through either performing, composing, or a combination of both. All units also contain an element of listening to, and appraising, music.

To view the Key Stage 3 Assessment Criteria for Music – please click here

  Musical elements (transition unit) Music for special occasions Blues Theme and variations Music for dance Mini band project
Year 7  

  • Singing
  • Rhythm and pulse (including basics of notation)
  • Tempo
  • Melody
  • Pitch
  • Dynamics
  • Notes on the keyboard
  • Deriving melody from chord structures
 

  • Singing
  • Tonality
  • (major/minor)
  • Metre (duple/triple)
  • Dynamics
  • Monophonic/ Homophonic textures
  • Fanfare

 

 

 

  • Singing
  • 12 Bar blues structure
  • Chords
  • Swing rhythms
  • Improvisation
  • Walking / boogie bass
  • Call and response
  • Blues scale

 

 

  • Singing
  • Melody as a theme
  • Ground Bass
  • Accompaniment
  • Intervals in music
  • Register
  • Passing notes and auxiliaries
  • Developing musical ideas

 

 

 

 

  • Singing
  • Waltz, Tango and Disco music
  • Articulation (staccato, legato, tenuto, accents)
  • Broken chords
 

  • Singing
  • Own choice material
  • Band / artist profile
    Composers:

  • Britten
  • Chopin
  • Wagner
Composers / artists:

  • Bessie Smith
  • Chuck Berry
Composers:

  • Pachelbel
  • Mozart
Composers:

  • Tchaikovsky
  • Shostakovich
  • Lipps Inc.
 
    CCL: Italian terms (MFL) CCL:  The Slave Trade (History) CCL:  Italian terms (MFL) CCL: LGBT (PSHCE)  

 

  Programme music Musical theatre Oral traditions from around the world Musical forms and structures Band project
Year 8  

  • Singing
  • Music of the Romantic era
  • Narrative through music
  • Chromatic harmony
  • Motif/motivic development
  • Symphonic poem
  • The Romantic Orchestra
 

  • Singing
  • Chord inversions
  • Major, minor and diminished triads
  • Transpositions
  • Types of musical number
  • The role of the band
  • Word-setting
  • Word-painting
  • West End/ Broadway
 

  • Singing
  • Polyphony/ polyrhythm
  • Scales
  • Drone
  • Instruments of the East Asia, Africa and India
  • Ostinato
  • Traditional music of the British Isles

Reggae

  • Skank
  • Off-beat rhythms
  • Hook
  • Riff
 

  • Singing
  • Rondo
  • Binary
  • Ternary
  • The concerto
  • The symphony

 

 

 

 

  • Singing
  • Own choice material
  • Band/artist profiles
  • Technology in music
  • Sequencing
  Composers:

  • Grieg
  • Saint-Saens
  • Mussorgsky
Composers:

  • Kern
  • Rodgers and Hammerstein
  • LLoyd Webber
  • Bernstein
  • Sondheim
  • Schonberg
Artists:

  • Bob Marley
Composers:

  • Vivaldi
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
 
  CCL: Art of the Romantics CCL: Musical theatre (Drama) CCL:  Learning about other cultures and traditions (PSHCE and Geography)

CCL:  Rastafarianism (RS)

CCL: Structure in literature and poetry (English) CCL: Music tech (Computer Science)

 

  Great composers – The Romantics Music in media Popular styles from the 50s Extended band project
Year 9  

  • Singing
  • Dissonance, consonance, resolution
  • Musical expression
  • Concert overture
  • Tone poem
  • Solo performance
 

  • Singing
  • Music in advertising
  • Music in film
  • Leitmotif
  • Mickey-mousing
  • Synchronisation
  • Augmented chords
  • Creating suspense
 

  • Singing
  • Rock n Roll
  • 60s rock
  • Disco
  • Synthpop / Europop
  • Britpop
  • 4 chords songs
  • Covers
 

  • Singing
  • Rondo
  • Binary
  • Ternary
  • The concerto
  • The symphony

 

 

 

  Composers:

  • Beethoven
  • Dvorak
  • Brahms
  • Bruckner
  • Tchaikovsky
Composers:

  • John Williams
  • Hans Zimmer
  • John Barry
Artists:

  • Elvis
  • The Beatles
  • The Kinks
  • Gloria Gaynor
  • Michael Jackson
  • Oasis
  • Blur
Composers:

  • Vivaldi
  • Haydn
  • Mozart
  CCL: Italian terms (MFL) CCL: Media CCL:  UK/US pop culture (PSHCE) CCL: Structure in literature and poetry (English)

 

 

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