Topic outline

  • Music

    (Expressive Arts Faculty)



  • KS3 - Year 7

    • On The Way

      Medium Term

      Short Term

      Lesson 1
      Introduction to Music through Rhythm. Introduce music dept to class
      Rhythm/Pulse Games
      Lesson 2
      Rhythm and pulse
      Perform music in grid notation using crotchet and quaver beats
      Recap rhythm.
      Give out rhythm and pulse sheets.
      Analyse what it means: circle = 1 beat = crotchet
      Work through and give pupils time to practice two part piece in groups
      Listen to performances and evaluate Compose own grids in 4 parts

      Lesson 3
      Compose own rhythm grids and notate Give out rhythm composition worksheet.
      Compose 4 rhythms in groups of 4, notate and perform.
      Learn to apply crotchet, quaver and rests to their music
      Lesson 4
      African Music Learn about African music and instruments, listening to an example of African 8-beat cycle.
      Perform an 8-beat cycle
      Lesson 5
      To be able to recognise the main Elements of Music. Introduce Elements of Music - read worksheets and the listen to a selection of music whilst filling in a worksheet.
      To perform a simple piece in AABA and improvise around it. Introduce Pitch.  Listen to Changing Places and identify AABA structure.
      Class discussion.  Learn piece as class and perform.  Add improvising part.  H/w - Element sheet
      Lesson 6
      To be able to compose in the same style as a given performance piece. Continue performance - add composition task.
      Follow worksheet and extension tasks.
      Lesson 7
      Performance skills. Listen to Sinfonietta and answer questions relating to Elements
      Put together a performance of Merrily we Roll Along

      Opportunites for Extension
      Composition tasks
      Writing compositions in notation form

  • KS3 - Year 8

    • Composing Music on Computers

      Medium Term

      Short Term

      Lesson 1
      Introduce topic
      Writing lyrics and thinking of beat
      Introduce topic.
      Discuss 'my' rap lyrics in terms of rhyming scheme and think about fitting them in with beat.
      Class to compose lyrics to fit with backing./ group time on e-jay

      Lesson 2
      Introduction to e-jay Teacher led demonstration of e-jay. SAMPLES, LOOPS, TETXURE & STRUCTURE.
      Create example as a class.
      Ananlyse work with e-jay.

      Lesson 3
      Group work on e-jay Group to complete lyrics and experiment with e-jay creating simple pieces.

      Lesson 4 & 5
      Structure of pop song Recap e-jay - samples etc.
      Look at structure of song and begin composition of own.
      Examine use of texture.
      Rehearsal time.

      Lesson 6
      Add lyrics Add lyrics to e-jay

      Dance Videos Examine use of Dance videos and create own Power Point.
      Continue composition

      Lesson 8
      Adding dance routine Continue composition work and add dance routine.

      Lesson 9
      Refine/rehearse Refine and rehearse work
      Perform to others
      Lesson 10
      Assessments Self assessments and watch videos on projector.

      Opportunites for Extension
      Multi-recording techniques
      Compose own backing parts to fit song
  • KS3 - Year 9

    • Jazz & Gospel Music

      Medium Term

      Short Term

      Lesson 1
      To develop understanding of the history of jazz & gospel music and listen to a variety of different versions. Introduce topic - Brainstoriming session making mind map on baord.
      Read 'where blues and jazz started' and discuss
      State aims - 'overview of unit'
      To perform 12 bar blues and improvise simple riffs Listen to 12 bar blues and recap 'chords'
      Perform 12 bar blues and bass parts


      Differentiated worksheets available for performance - also various books.

      Lesson 2
      To perform and compose riff patters Listen to blues music and complete worksheet
      Introduce blues scale
      Improvise using blues scale - discuss blues notes.
      Perform and compose riff patterns
      Compose own riff patterns to fit 12-bar blues

      Lesson 3
      Loop hole loop/riffs Listen to loop hole loop and perform as class. 
      Put together group perfs.

      Lesson  4 & 5
      Listening to  blues music
      Performance of Chilly Winds
      Listen to Bessie Smith's 'Thinking Blues' and complete worksheet
      Listen to Chilly winds and sing lyrics/ put together performance
      Listen to 'Feeling the Blues' Gershwin and complete worksheet
      Performance of Chilly Winds adding various given parts as well as improvised sections.

      Lesson 6 and 7
      Introduction to Gospel music Read Gospel worksheet and answer Q's as class
      Introduce Noyana and sing harmony parts a capella
      Listen to recording and compare/contrast sections
      Produce performance of Siyahamba with harmony parts
      Listen to four examples of gospel music and answer Q's.
      Lesson 8, 9 & 10
      Composition in style of Jazz/Gospel using devices studies in this unit. Compose own song using devices learnt and perform:
      AAB verse structure, 12-bar blues, blues improvisations, riffs, harmonies, counter melodies, accompaniemnt parts etc.

      Opportunites for Extension
      Using software packages such as Sibelius and Cubase
      Present work on school web page - as audio file.
  • GCSE Music

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    Exam Board Qualification Specification Coursework
    OCR Exam Board - GCSE Music (J535) GCSE Music J535 60%

    Why Study Music?

    Music is all around us. It influences our moods and emotions and stimulates and excites us in many ways. Following this GCSE Music course will develop your understanding of how music is created through four Areas of Study.  These provide focus and detail of specific areas of music. In the course you will learn how to compose and develop skills in performing and appraising music. .

    If you can play any instrument, sing or are eager to learn then the GCSE Music course might be right for you.  All instruments that we teach in school, including percussion, guitar, keyboard and voice are accepted for GCSE.  You do not have to have any music grades to take music but must show willingness to learn and perform in front of others.

    You will be required to record all your performances and compositions on to CD/Digital Recording.  We are fortunate in possessing the latest recording equipment and music computer software.  You may compose and perform on any instrument and in any style.  An ability to read musical notation will help your progression throughout the course, but this is not essential.

    GCSE music is an interesting course in its own right or may lead to further study at AS/A level and beyond.

    What you will study:

    GCSE music gives students the opportunity to develop their performances and composition skills.  We study a range of music to develop an awareness of music through time and the different styles of music.  These include:

    • Traditions and Innovation, focusing on Salsa, Minimalism and Bhangra
    • Dance Music, focusing on Disco from the 1970s and 1980s, the Romantic Waltz, the Tango, American Line Dancing and even Club Dance
    • How to compose melodies
    • How to compose for, and perform on, your chosen instrument

    You will learn the following skills:

    • Composing
    • Performing
    • Appraising

    All of these skills are interrelated and will be assessed


    To include tiers of entry, module dates and percentages, controlled assessment dates and percentages.

    The course is made up of four units, two of which offer Controlled Assessment (by your teacher) and two of which are externally assessed.

    Other Information

    For further information please see the Acting Head of Music, Mrs Perry or Mr Kenna.  Classes are mixed ability.

    There are a variety of trips throughout the year linking with the work we do in class and extra-curricular activities.  These include rehearsals for the Carol Concert and Young Musician of the Year.  Students are also given the opportunity to attend the prestigious Kings Carol Service.  There are often further opportunities to work with specialist visiting musicians.