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Welcome to Music!

Year 7

Autumn Term 1:
Dimensions of music through performance. Students will understand how music can enhance a film and know the basic techniques used in film music to create an atmosphere and apply these in a simple way to composition.
Autumn Term 2:
Soundscapes. Students will learn and understand the layout of the instrument and be able to play a simple chords / riff in time with others.
Spring Term 1:
Keyboard Skills: Introduction to note reading. Students will learn basic keyboard skills such as the five finger position and the layout of the keyboard and be able to play simple pieces. Know basic keyboard technique including 5-finger position and be able to perform a range of pieces reading some of the notes of the treble clef.
Spring Term 2:
Introduction to bank skills: Ukelele & Guitar. Students will explore practically the dimensions of music to develop knowledge of how they can be used to create an atmosphere. Students will combine the dimensions of music to create an intended effect through practical exploration focusing on tempo, texture and timbre
Summer Term:
Descriptive music. Students will describe how dimensions of Music are used when listening to and appraising a wide range of music. Consider how these dimension are applied in performance work 

 
Year 8

Autumn Term 1:
Exploring Rhythm & Pulse through Samba. Students will explore a variety of different rhythms and understand their importance in Samba music and be able to play simple and more complex rhythms in a group.
Autumn Term 2:
Advanced keyboard skills: Chords & Melodies. Students will explore performance pieces requiring extended hand position and inclusion of the left hand playing simple chords with accuracy and fluency. They will be able to identify notes of the treble clef with confidence. 
Spring Term 1:
Minimalism. Students will understand basic features of minimalist techniques such as repetition. Perform and compose a basic ostinato motif and adjust to create a new pattern. Aurally identify and understand basic minimalist techniques such as repetition and looping and recognise certain sounds as electronic/synthesised. 
Spring Term 2:
Off Beat - Exploring Reggae. Students will explore and identify the different textural layers in Reggae music including bass riffs, chords and melodic hooks. They will take part in a Reggae performance showing a clear sense of style. 
Summer Term:  
Music Technology: Music for video games.Students will describe basic points within a game when music is used. They will create a basic character motif with some awareness in the sense of style. Create and present an original piece of computer or video game music containing some basic sound effects and a character motif.

 
Year 9

Autumn Term 1:
Blues Music. Students will recognise Blues music as distinct from other genres/styles of music and identify some features of Blues. Perform a bass line using the single notes of C, F & G to the 12-Bar Blues chord sequence. Improvise using some of the notes of the blues scale. Perform either the bass line or chords and improvise using the notes of the blues scale in a group performance.
Autumn Term 2:
Form & Structure in Music. Students will Identify how different types of music structure can make it easier for the listener to remember musical material. Understand basic musical forms and structures. Perform and create simple pieces within given musical structures using pitch note letter names. Identify repetition and recurring sections when listening to a range of music from different times and places.
Spring Term 1:
Advanced Film Music Composition. Students will know and understand some of the purposes of film music and understand how theme songs lead to the popularity of films and film music.Students will be able to aurally identify a range of different types of film music to match a suitable film genre. Use storyboards and/or cue sheets to plan a film music soundtrack and be able to apply simple composition techniques to create an atmosphere / emotion.
Spring Term 2:
Introduction to Songwriting. Students will identify different musical features in different arrangements of a popular song. Understand the importance of form and structure and the typical chord progression used in a Popular Song. Compose as part of a group, part of a popular song such as a chorus with some sense as to how the different textural layers fit together and applying the four chord structure
Summer Term:
Band Skills: Advanced Performance. Students will demonstrate secure ensemble and rehearsal skills. Work cooperatively as part of a group and make appropriate and creative decisions related to the dimensions of the music to enhance the overall performance. Students will show competent skills on their chosen instrument and will perform with a sense of style and good accuracy and fluency.