Music

What are we studying?

Year

7

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
You will begin your music education with a series of fun tasks to assess your current skills in Music. You will learn how to perform a piece of music, and have the chance to show your understanding of music features, styles, and theory. As a whole class you will be taught the basics of singing and vocal technique, and be taught the basics of playing the piano.

TERM 2
You will be taught how to play the piano. This will involve learning correct posture and hand shape, identifying notes on the keyboard, basic exercises to begin building muscle memory, and how to rehearse a piece of music effectively. Alongside this, you will be taught how to read, write, and perform form from rhythmic notation, and identifying notes the treble and bass clef staves.

OTHER INFORMATION

Lessons are on rotation with Drama and Dance.

Year

8

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
You will begin year 8 with the challenge of learning and performing a new vocal piece. This time around you will have to make your song choice based upon your previous vocal assessment feedback. You will be expected to build and progress upon your existing vocal technique.

TERM 2
You will continue year 8 with the challenge of learning and performing a new piano piece. This time around you will have to make your choice of performance piece based upon your previous piano assessment feedback. You will be expected to build and progress upon your existing piano technique. You will also learn how to play scales and arpeggios, and be given sight-reading tasks (performing a short musical phrase you’ve never seen before).

OTHER INFORMATION

Lessons are on rotation with Drama and Dance.

Year

9

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
You will begin year 9 with the challenge of learning and performing a new vocal piece. This time around you will have to make your song choice based upon your previous vocal assessment feedback. You will be expected to build and progress upon your existing vocal technique.

TERM 2
You will continue year 9 with the challenge of learning and performing a new piano piece. Your piece will be determined based upon your previous piano assessment feedback. You will be expected to build and progress upon your existing piano technique. You will extend your repertoire of scales and arpeggios, and be given sight-reading tasks (performing a short musical phrase you’ve never seen before), including sharp or flat notes.

OTHER INFORMATION

Lessons are on rotation with Drama and Dance.

Year

10

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
You will begin year 10 by learning how to compose around a set of lyrics, improvising rhythmic phrases to suit song lyrics, and harmonising lyrics with triads/chords. You will build upon your harmonic vocabulary by learning about extended chords, ‘sus’ chords, and ‘add’ chords. You will also be introduced to the OCR areas of study and begin researching them.

Key dates: 4th September- 19th October 2019
You will continue working through exam style listening questions and sit a mock paper at the end of term 1. Targets will also be discussed and set regarding performing.

TERM 2
You will continue to study music theory as we progress on to ABRSM Grade 2 where you extend your understanding of ledger lines, time signatures, major & minor scales, triplets, and how to group notes and rests appropriately. You will also begin learning the rudiments of music composition: triads of the major & minor scale, melodic composition and melodic devices, harmony, counter-melody, accompaniment, and bass lines.

Year

11

Dates

4 Sep - 20 Dec 2019

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1 
You will begin year 11 with a thorough review of your current level in each area of study: composing, performing, listening. With your teacher, you will discuss and set targets and deadlines focussing on your two performances. You will get to see the OCR composing and performing briefs for your year and begin planning for this also.

Key dates: 4th September- 19th October 2018
Composition 1 -1st draft submission

Rehearsals for your two performances will begin.

TERM 2
You will continue working toward completing a 1st draft of your two compositions. You are expected to rehearse and record your ensemble performance. The weekly L4L task will continue as will the weekly listening diary. We will cover Classical Indian Music, Samba, Calypso, and African Drumming from AOS3 Rhythms of The World. There will be a test every fortnight on each of these areas.

End of term 2 – 1st draft submission of both compositions AND your ensemble performance.

OTHER INFORMATION

You are expected to rehearse your ensemble performance outside of lesson time.