Key Stage 3 Music
Key Topics Covered

Baseline Assessment

• Unit 1 and 2: Notation
• Unit 3: Balinese Gamelan Music
• Unit 4: Musical Elements
• Unit 5: Tudor Music
• Unit 6: Rap (incorporating computer software usage)
• Unit 7: Canons
• Unit 8: Folk Song
• Unit 9: Audacity and Sibelius combinations
• Unit 10: Film Music
• Unit 11: Guitar Chords

Skills Developed

• Individual, pair and group performance on three or four instruments
• Composition
• Software skills
• Listening and appraisal skills
• Notational competence
• Evaluation skills.
• Individual, pair and group performance on three or four instruments
• Composition
• Software skills
• Listening and appraisal skills
• Notational competence
• Evaluation skills

Much of the work is computer based, but uses the computers as accompaniment to live performance, videos and larger projects – befitting the lead up to the GCSE course.

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).