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Music Curriuculum 2021/22

KS3 Year 7


Storm Glass

We begin our music curriculum developing keyboard skills and being able to play a piece on keyboard within the first half term! Pupils learn how the weather is portrayed through listening and describing several exciting pieces.

Christmas Keyboard Skills

Pupils learn a variety of well-known Christmas songs on the keyboard exploring the left hand and performing.


Gospel Singing

This unit explores the voice and how to decorate a melody whilst singing. We learn about the context of Gospel music and how it originated as well as how movement can be used to bring energy and excitement in to a performance. We study 2 well known Gospel songs in groups and develop these with exciting song writing opportunities.




In this unit we learn to listen to and compare Impressionist and classical Music and compare the same periods to Art. We look at developing musical motifs to explore timbre to create mood and explore how the musical elements can be used to create a variety of moods/change of mood. We explore how musical ideas can be developed/evolved by making changes to the way the elements are used within a scale and then create a structured piece of music that uses ideas that develop and evolve, rather than repeat, to inspire and write a composition.

KS3 Year 8


Video Game Music

Pupils understand the key musical features of video game music and learn about different composers in the field. We learn how to play 2 very famous video game themes on the keyboards and then use a real-life video game trailer to compose music to using the state-of-the-art music technology equipment.



Music for Special Events

We begin this unit by exploring what a special event might be and describe the music at different occasions and ceremonies. The unit then focuses on a major event, 9.11, where we understand the purpose of the attack on the Twin Towers. Pupils will learn to plan and compose music using the Imacs focussing on the main people involved, thoughts and feelings, and the atmosphere surrounding this event.

In the second half term we look at Music for Special Sporting events and see how music is composed for different sporting occasions. The pupils are then placed in to bands where they learn a famous piece of music on a specific instrument including bass guitar, ukulele, keyboard and vocals. We then have a ‘Battle of the Bands’ type competition to see which band can perform the piece the best. 



Within this unit we look at the context of Reggae music and the purpose of the songs in this style. We explore key musicians who link to this style of music and learn iconic pieces using bass guitars, guitars, ukuleles, keyboard and voice within an ensemble performance. The pupils gain more confidence in their performing skills during this unit and explore how to further develop their playing techniques on their instrument.

KS4 Year 9


Film Music

Pupils study many different genres of film music within this unit ranging from horror, to action and romance. Students will show their understanding of many different genres of film music by being able to create emotion, drama and tension through integrating a range of musical techniques within their own compositions linked to a film trailer. They will make decisions about use of chromaticism, syncopation and harmony to evoke mood and excitement.


Song Writing & Arrangements

Pupils learn to recognise and understand how composers structure songs and how instrumental arrangements can play an important part in the success of popular songs. They learn to create their own songs, working within fixed parameters. They also learn how music technology can be used to structure, shape, arrange and provide a backing to popular songs. Pupils develop their ability to evaluate, explore, compose and perform different songs with understanding of musical devices, structures, processes and cultural influences.


Solo Performance

This unit is in preparation towards recording a final solo performance at KS4.  Pupils learn how to respond to feedback linked to their chosen song and how to improve key techniques on their instrument or voice. Pupils begin creating a portfolio of recordings and understand the importance of rehearsal and practise.

KS4 Year 10


Concerto Through Time

During this unit pupils recognise, appreciate and understand the concerto. They justify opinions and preferences, using musical knowledge and vocabulary. They sing and play a variety of music, including music with solo sections; take part in group performances and identify how musical traditions change over time and place. They also improvise in different styles and develop musical ideas within musical structures.


Ensemble Performance

Pupils begin developing instrumental skills through guided ensemble performance pieces. Performances and demonstrations of technical aspects of the instrument to the group and others are studied as appropriate. By appraising their own performances and compositions, candidates will consider the impact of the music they create on others.



Pupils are taught various compositional techniques and they explore different styles of music in which to compose. The pupils then have the exciting task of creating their own piece of music using the musical elements such as dynamics, structure, tempo and instrumentation to develop their musical ideas.

KS4 Year 11


Rhythms of the World

Pupils study and develop an understanding of the characteristic rhythmic

features of:

• Indian Classical Music and traditional Punjabi Bhangra

• Traditional Eastern Mediterranean and Arabic folk rhythms, with particular focus on traditional Greek, Palestinian and Israeli music

• Traditional African drumming

• Traditional Calypso and Samba.


Composition 2 to a Brief

Pupils are given a brief from the exam board to compose a second piece of music to. They use the skills gathered throughout the course to refine and develop their piece to match what has been given in the brief.


Listening Exam Paper

Pupils sit the music listening paper which is 40% of their final grade. They will be listening to extracts of music and answering questions based on these.