Key Stage 3 Music
The music department provides an outstanding academic music education to students, whilst providing an inclusive, varied and aspirational extra-curricular music programme across the whole school. Through these provisions students have the opportunity to develop musically, socially and academically in a welcoming and inclusive environment.

Music is taught in one double lesson (75 mins) per week throughout Key Stage 3. It allows students to relate with each other, share responsibility for project work, and create work expressively in ways that other subjects don’t. It Is taught in a range of units which fit the National Curriculum and provide different assessments.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered
  • Baseline Assessment
  • Unit 1 and 2 Notation
  • Unit 3 Balinese Gamelan Music
  • Unit 4 Musical Elements
  • Unit 5 Tudor Music
Skills Developed
  • Individual, pair and group performance on three or four instruments
  • Composition
  • Software skills
  • Listening and appraisal skills
  • Notational competence
  • Evaluation skills.

Year 8

Key Topics Covered
  • Unit 1 Rap (incorporating computer software usage)
  • Unit 2 Canons
  • Unit 3 Folk Song
Skills Developed
  • Individual, pair and group performance on three or four instruments
  • Composition
  • Software skills
  • Listening and appraisal skills
  • Notational competence
  • Evaluation skills.

NB As Year 7, but at a higher level.

Year 9

Key Topics Covered
  • Unit 1 12 Bar Blues (extended into Software usage with live instruments)
  • Unit 2 Audacity and Sibelius combinations
  • Unit 3 Film Music
  • Unit 5 Music Video
  • A Final Keyboard Performance is assessed as well (Unit 4)
Skills Developed
  • Individual, pair and group performance on three or four instruments
  • Composition
  • Software skills
  • Listening and appraisal skills
  • Notational competence
  • Evaluation skills.

NB Much more of this year is computer based, but uses the computers as accompaniment to live performance, videos and larger projects – befitting the year before GCSE.

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How is This Subject Assessed?

Each year is assessed termly according to the school’s system of forecast GCSE grades. In addition to which, each unit is assessed according to the progress that students have individually made (number of bars done, number of parts played, competence demonstrated on parts, single or two handed skills on keyboard, group performance skills, rehearsal organisation and competence).

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