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The Key Stage 3 music course is divided into 6 units of study for each of the year groups, 7, 8 and 9. Each unit takes approximately 6 weeks. Different musical styles and genres are explored and pupils experience a wide variety of music from the baroque period to the popular music of today.

In all units pupils compose and perform music, applying their newly acquired skills and knowledge from the unit topic studied in their performances.

Each unit also contains an element of listening and appraising music. Assessment in these areas takes place at the end of each unit.

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

Year 7 Blues

12 bar blues structure

Chords

Swing

Improvisation

Walking/boogie bass

Call & response

Group perf-Summative

Bessie Smith

Chuck Berry

Little Richard

CCL: Slave trade (History)

Music for special occasions

Tonality (major/minor)

Tempo

Dotted/straight rhythms

Metre

Dynamics

Monophonic/homophonic

Listen/comp-Sum/Formative

Chopin

Britten

Wagner

CCL: Italian terms (MFL)

Theme & variations

Melody/theme

Accompaniment

Pulse

Pitch

Interval

Register

Passing notes & auxiliaries

Developing musical ideas

Paired perf-Summative

Mozart

CCL: Italian terms (MFL)

Ground bass

Ostinato

Baroque

‘Free’ composing

Notation in treble and bass clef

R: Metre

R: Passing notes & auxiliaries

Comp-Summative

Pachelbel

Music for dance

Waltz

Tango

Um-cha-cha

Articulation (staccato, tenuto)

Broken chord

R: Metre

R: Chords

R: Tempo

Paired/group perf/comp-Summative

Tchaikovsky

Shostakovich

Year 8 World music

Oral tradition

Ostinato

Call & response, monophonic, polyphonic

Scales – Diatonic/pentatonic

Raga

Drone

Listen-Summative

CCL: World geography

 

Reggae

Skank

Hook

Riff

Developing a bass line

Group perf-Summative

Bob Marley & the Wailers

CCL:  Rastafarianism (RS)

Musical structures

Binary

Ternary

Rondo

Verse/chorus

Through-composed

Arch form

Strophic?

Perf-Formative/Self/Peer

Vivaldi

Haydn

Mozart

 

Musicals

Chords and inversions

Major, minor & diminished triads

Transposition

Solo/duet/trio/chorus/character song/action song

Pit band

Word-setting (syllabic)

Word-painting

West End/Broadway

Group perf-Summative

Kern

Rodgers & Hammerstein

Lloyd Webber

Bernstein

Schonberg

CCL: Musical theatre (Drama)

Programme music

Romantic era

Programme notes

Intervals: Tritone

Dim. 7

Quoting: Dies Irae

Motif

Symphonic poem

Orchestral instrumentation

Group comp-Formative/Peer

Grieg

Saint-Saens

Berlioz

Mussorgsky

CCL: Art of the Romantics

Year 9 Great composers – Romantics

Dissonance/consonance

Expression

Programme music

The orchestra

Individual perf/listen-Summative

Beethoven

Dvorak

Brahms

Bruckner

Tchaikovsky

CCL: Italian terms (MFL)

 

Film music

Leitmotif

Mickey mousing

Synchronisation

Dim. 7/Augmented chords

Dissonance/consonance/resolution

Walking bass

Sus. chords

Ostinato

Pedal

Group comp/perf-Summative

Williams

Zimmer

Barry

CCL: Filmmaking (Media)

Popular styles from the 50s

Rock n Roll

60s rock

Disco – circle of 5ths, 4ttf groove

Synthpop/Europop

Britpop

4 chord songs

Group perf-Formative

Listen-Summative

Elvis

Beatles, Kinks

Oasis

CCL: UK/US pop culture, World history

Extended Band Project

CCL: Work-related learning

Group perf-Summative