In Year 7 pupils can learn about the building blocks of Music. They develop aural awareness skills and an understanding of composition and performing techniques.
In year 8pupils study:
- Themes and variations
- African music
- Blues music
Pupils develop knowledge through studying world music. They compose, perform and listen to these genres.
In Year 9students study ‘Music & Media’. This is broken into units on film music, adverts, pop songs, musicals and world music. The focus of the world music unit is Rag-Indian music and Bhangra.
In Year 10 Pupils develop a knowledge of:
- Music History
- Music Theory
- Aural & Compositional skills
Pupils study their instrument, instrumental techniques and compositions from throughout musical periods to fulfill the requirements of the GCSE syllabus.
GCSE music is divided into two sections;
- Performing on a chosen instrument/voice.
- Composing using traditional musical structure and techniques.
- Listening test requiring knowledge and understanding of musical history, genres, instruments and composers.
Unit 1 prepares students for an exam performance in their chosen instrument.
Unit 2 is a module on compositional forms and techniques.
Unit 3 combines a listening exam with the study of musical history, genre and set works.
Students develop skills in aural analysis, harmony and appreciation of musical genre, taking into account the contexts of the styles studied. They are also required to specialise in either composition or performance, exhibiting their understanding of different genre.