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Parkside School

Music

Music

The Music department is lively and well-resourced , students can take part in a variety of extra-curricular groups as well as frequent concert and performance opportunities.

Currently, around 70 students receive peripatetic music lessons in School from our large team of specialist instrumental and vocal staff.

The principal aim of the department is to develop every student’s enjoyment and appreciation of music and to ensure that the musical potential of every child is fulfilled.

All classroom courses are practically based and emphasize enjoyment and participation.

 Mrs Stone

Head of Faculty

 Mrs Skipsey

Music Subject Lead

 

Curriculum Plans

 

Year 7, 8 & 9

What are we studying?

 Year 7

During year 7, students explore the elements of music through a variety of genres. They will compose and perform music in groups and independently with a focus on effective music making and building of skills. They will use junk percussion, keyboards, Voices and Guitar, bass guitar, ukulele. Topics covered are;

  • STOMP - Basic note length, time signatures, Textures. Ensemble and composition skills
  • KEYBOARD SKILLS - Knowledge of keyboard playing and features, Notes of treble clef. solo performance skills
  • FIND YOUR VOICE - Voice types, vocal warm ups, vocal confidence. Ensemble performance skills 
  • BAROQUE MUSIC - Instruments, dates, Features, Great composers, .Bass clef Solo/paired performance skills and MA composition skills
  •  BATTLE OF THE BANDS - Intro to song structure, Instruments in a rock/pop band. Basic Chords. Ensemble skills-Musical futures approach 
  • END OF YEAR TEST - Listening exam that will test understanding of all key units studied throughout the year

 

Year 8

Year 8 students will continue to develop skills in performing, composition, listening and appraising. They will develop understanding and skills through a range of topics which use:- Keyboards, Ukulele, Guitar, Bass guitar, Music Technology. Students will explore a variety of timbres, structures and key characteristics and will be encouraged to use musical vocabulary to describe and appraise. Topics covered are :-

  • PIANO TIME 1 - Reading the notes of treble clef. Simple time signatures, note values and rests. Solo performance skills 
  • BLUES - World music; Developing keyboard skills, melody and 12 bar blues chords, improvisation, sing swing rhythms. Solo/paired performance 
  • BEETHOVEN - Classical music. Key features/composers, dates. Instruments of the orchestra. Chromatic notes. Solo performance/MA composition 
  • CLASS ENSEMBLE SKILLS - Exploring large ensemble skills, developing performance techniques, More complex chord progressions. dynamics.
  •  UK DANCE MUSIC - Song structure, key features of dance. Composition using garageband technology 
  • END OF YEAR TEST - Listening exam that will test understanding of all key units studied throughout the year.

 

Year 9

In year 9 students will develop their ability to recognise, analyse and demonstrate a range of techniques. They will look to produce polished pieces of work in preparation for KS4 music. They will create music for as range of different genres including Film and Adverts for TV. Topics covered are:-

  • REGGAE - World music. Bob Marley. Off-beat chords. Syncopated rhythms. Ensemble performance skills
  • FILM MUSIC - Gothika film composition using a cue sheet and musical devices. Composition skills. MA will use music Tech (Cubase).
  • MUSICAL THEATRE - Explore voice and song  types in Musical theatre. Musical futures performance and opportunities for strong vocal work
  • CLASS ENSEMBLE SKILLS - Exploring  ensemble skills, developing performance techniques, dynamics extending to more complex chord patterns and adding rhythmical interest to the chords
  •  VIDEO GAME MUSIC - Developing composition techniques, Extended ideas harmonisation, music technology
  • END OF YEAR TEST - Listening exam that will test understanding of all key units studied throughout the year

How are we assessed?

Classwork and is assessed throughout the units of work.  Students will be given skills and knowledge expectations linked to the work.

Work is assessed formatively with then time to go back and improve work where it will be assessed summatively.

What homework are we expected to do?

 N/A for KS3 Music.

What can parents do to help?

  • Provide opportunities for music at home, access to a keyboard would be really helpful.
  • Encourage participation in extra-curricular music clubs or uptake of instrumental lessons in school.
  • Encourage musical listening at home. Particularly around the genre we are studying.

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEND students will be supported appropriately by the staff teacher and possibly by a learning coach (where applicable). Teachers will scaffolding work and model / demonstrate practical skills.

Challenge tasks are used within lessons to encourage students to further push and develop their skills and understanding in the subject.  

Useful resources and equipment

Knowledge Organisers are also on the school website to help support students in developing their understanding and skills within each project.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

DEGREE COURSES.

  • composition
  • digital music
  • live events production
  • popular music performance
  • media and communication (music industries)
  • music business
  • music journalism
  • music management
  • music production
  • music technology
  • musical theatre
  • song writing
  • sound engineering
  • sound technology
  • stage management

CAREERS

 

Year 10 & 11

What are we studying?

Year 10

PEARSON BTEC FIRST AWARD L 1 / 2

In year 10 students will complete a series of practice (PPE) and real units as part of their musical qualification.

UNIT 2-  Managing a Music product (PPE and REAL)

Plan and promote your own gig.

UNIT 5 - Performance  PPE

Audit your strengths and weaknesses. Work hard on your weaknesses and show improvement in performance skills. Perform two contrasting pieces to an audience.

UNIT 1 - The Music Industry  (MOCKS)

Throughout year 10 we learn about the music  industry and complete a series of exam based questions  and mock papers

 

Year 11

PEARSON BTEC FIRST AWARD L1/2.

In year 11 students will complete a series of practice (PPE) and real units as part of their musical qualification. They will also sit their music Industry exam In the January and have a re-sit of required in the summer.

UNIT 5 - Performance (REAL)

Audit your strengths and weaknesses. Work hard on your weaknesses and show improvement in  performance skills. Perform two contrasting pieces to an audience

UNIT 4 - Composition (PPE and REAL)

Use the Music technology  to create music for 4 contrasting adverts.

UNIT - The Music Industry  (REAL)

Exam 1- December

Exam 2- Summer (If not at target grade).

How are we assessed?

Unit work is assessed at the end of each brief. (Usually termly).

At the end of each PPE (practice unit) they will be given detailed feedback with what went well and how to improve.

What homework are we expected to do?

Homework will be set weekly on ClassCharts and will be a mixture of written and practical assignments.

What can parents do to help?

Ensure students are practising at home.

Ensure they have access to instrumental /vocal lessons.

There are strict deadlines for completion in BTEC. Keep an eye that these deadlines are adhered to.

How we provide for SEN and most able students

SEND students will be supported appropriately by the staff teacher and possibly by a learning coach (where applicable). Teachers will scaffolding work and model / demonstrate practical skills.

Challenge tasks are used within lessons to encourage students to further push and develop their skills and understanding in the subject.

Useful resources and equipment

Knowledge Organisers are also on the school website to help support students in developing their understanding and skills within each project.

Revision resources are available on the school website.

Where can this subject take you? Career opportunities

 DEGREE COURSES.

  • composition
  • digital music
  • live events production
  • popular music performance
  • media and communication (music industries)
  • music business
  • music journalism
  • music management
  • music production
  • music technology
  • musical theatre
  • song writing
  • sound engineering
  • sound technology
  • stage management

 CAREERS

 

  

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