KEY STAGE 3​

Students study Music and Drama on a rotating basis in 6-week blocks.

YEAR 7

 

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning, that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing.

 

Students study the following units in year 7:

 

  • Unit 1:  Building Bricks - understanding the musical elements and the use of them in different pieces through listening and performing.

  • Unit 2:  Keyboard Skills - understanding treble clef notation and playing pieces which use these notes).

  • Unit 3:  Sonority City - recognising and describing the different orchestral families and the instruments within them while also learning to play an ensemble piece on the keyboard).

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

 

YEAR 8

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing.

 

The following units are studied in year 8:

 

  • Unit 1:  Hooks and Riffs - recognising, playing and composing melodic riffs from some popular songs.

  • Unit 2:  Saharan Sounds  - exploring the rhythms, instruments and contexts of African Music.

  • Unit 3:  Video Game Music - understanding instruments and techniques used for video game music creation, while learning a video game theme and creating sound effects.

 

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

KEY STAGE 4

BTEC Technical Award in Music Practice

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

 

Component 1:  Exploring Music Products and Styles

 

In this component, you will develop your understanding of different types of music product and the techniques used to create them. You will explore how musical elements, technology and other resources are used in the performance, creation and production of music. You will also practically explore the key features of different genres of music and music theory and apply your knowledge and understanding to developing your own creative work.

Some of the genres you will study might include:

  • Popular Music such as 60s to 70s, e.g. British invasion, folk revival, psychedelic, heavy metal, soul, Motown, disco, punk, reggae.  80s to 90s, e.g. synth pop, post punk, thrash metal, stadium rock, hardcore, grunge, Britpop, hip hop, rave, techno, house, DnB.  00s to present day, e.g. nu metal, pop punk, EDM, dubstep, K-pop, reggaeton, grime, trap.

  • World Music and fusion.

  • Music for media: film, TV or computer games, e.g. soundscapes, ambient music, e.g. foley, diegetic, non-diegetic, motifs and leitmotifs, thematic development.

  • Western classical styles of music, e.g. romantic, orchestral, leitmotif, minimalism.

  • Jazz and blues, e.g. bebop, big band

 

Component 2:  Music Skills Development

As a performer, producer or creator in the music industry, you need to continually develop your skills and techniques in order to be successful and secure a regular flow of gigs and commissions. In this component, you will participate in workshops and classes where you will develop technical, practical, personal and professional skills and specialise in at least two of the following areas: music performance, creating original music, music production. Throughout your development, you will review your progress and consider how to make improvements. You will learn how musicians share their work and collaborate with others and will develop your own skills as a musician in how to use blogs, YouTube™, Soundcloud™ and other platforms to share your work and skills development with others. 

Learners will explore the expectations and personal skills required to succeed in the industry: 

  • time management

  • self-discipline

  • working with others

  • correct and safe use of equipment 

  • identifying resources required 

  • auditing existing skills and maintaining a development plan

Component 3:  Responding to a Commercial Music Brief

This component will allow you to work to your strengths and interests and apply the skills that you have learned throughout your course in a practical way. You will focus on a particular area of the music industry that excites and appeals to you and respond to a commercial music brief as a composer, performer or producer. You will begin by exploring the brief and investigating possible responses and ideas to meet the demands of the brief. Using relevant resources, skills and techniques you will then develop and refine musical material before presenting your final response. You will develop and present an original creation based on a piece from a given list and a style from a choice of four. You will then present this as a solo or group performance, an audio recording or a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW) project. You will also consider how your skills and interests make you suitable for the specific music industry opportunity. 

 

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

All pupils studying BTEC Music from Year 9 are provided with instrumental or vocal lessons free of charge.  It is mandatory that they attend these 30 minute lessons every week and practice at least 4 times a week.

Extra Curricular Activities

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

Sheet Music

MUSIC