Music

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Subject

Music

Art

Subject leader

Miss L Brennan

Beauty Therapy

About the subject

‘Where words fail, music speaks.’

 

- Hans Christian Andersen

 

Music is often said to be a universal language. In fact, people have been using music to express themselves throughout human history across the world. For this reason, studying different styles of music and different instruments can be a creative and exciting way to learn about people from all types of backgrounds and cultures. On top of this, learning how to compose and perform your own music lets you find new and exciting ways to express yourself.

Year 7 Overview

Music is often said to be a universal language. In fact, people have been using music to express themselves throughout human history across the world. For this reason, studying different styles of music and different instruments can be a creative and exciting way to learn about people from all types of backgrounds and cultures. On top of this, learning how to compose and perform your own music lets you find new and exciting ways to express yourself.

In year 7, pupils learn about the basic elements of music in three different units:

1. An introduction to singing

2. An introduction to the keyboard

3. An introduction to music technology

In each unit pupils expand their understanding of elements of music such as pitch, dynamics, tempo, and timbre through performing, composing and listening. In each unit, pupils learn to perform in many different styles of music from around the world.

 

Year 8 Overview

In year 8, pupils build on their understanding of the elements of music by studying different styles of music and by developing their practical skills:

 

1. Music of the World

2. An introduction to ukulele

3. Film Music

 

In each unit, pupils develop their musical understanding through composing and performing in the relevant style of music. Students will continue to develop their keyboard playing and singing along with the new skill of ukulele playing.

Year 9 Overview

In year 9, pupils consolidate their understanding of the elements of music and cultural knowledge through 3 larger projects:

 

1. Song-writing

2. Music of the World 2

3. Introduction to guitar

 

The song-writing unit brings together everything pupils have learned since year 7 in preparation for GCSE Music. In this unit, pupils create their own full–length composition, using a range of music technologies, instruments, and rehearsal spaces. Music of the World 2 looks at specific genres of music that are hugely influenced by their countries history and politics. Introduction to guitar builds on the techniques student’ have developed from year 8 ukulele and enhances students’ performing skills.

 

Year 10 Overview

In year 10, pupils who have chosen to study GCSE music, begin to learn about a wide range of musical styles. The musical styles studied range from Calypso and Indian Classical to Baroque Concerto Music, Film Music, and the history of Rock ‘n’ Roll. Lessons are designed to integrate performing, composing and listening, allowing pupils to develop an advanced understanding of diverse musical styles, which is backed up by a clear theoretical framework. During year 10, pupils also complete their first coursework composition, and solo performance. This allows them to focus on developing their ability on their chosen instrument.

 

All GCSE music pupils at Robert Clack School receive specialist tuition on their chosen instrument once every week.

 

Year 11 Overview

In year 11, pupils continue to consolidate their understanding of the diverse areas of study, while also developing a more individual playing and composing style of their own. They also produce a second composition based on the music they have studied and record an ensemble performance. The coursework performances and compositions are worth 60% of the final grade.

 

Pupils who are considering to continue with Music A-level will spend a considerable amount of time in year 11 developing advanced musical literacy and music theory skills in preparation for the demands of the A-level course.

 

 

Exam board used for GCSE

The Robert Clack School Music department uses the OCR GCSE Music specification as this allows pupils with all levels of musical education to achieve highly.

 

The course code is: J536

Link to the specification from the exam board

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