Music

Closure For Xmas Holiday

Please note: school closes on Friday 20th December at 12.45pm for the Xmas holiday and re-opens on Monday 6th January normal time, 8.40am.

Music

Autumn Term

Topic
Overview
Autumn Term 1 Introduction
to the Elements of Music
A range of practical and listening lessons to introduce key concepts and to get students playing as part of whole class ensemble, moving to small group work and solo performance. 
Autumn Term 2 Introduction to Keyboards
Introducing the layout of the keyboard and correct technique to allow students to perform simple melodies and accompaniments on keyboard. Basic notation is also introduced at this stage.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Working as a team
    • Independence
    • Resilience through practise and performance
    • Mutual respect 

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Discuss the roles of a professional musician and career opportunities
    • Exploring instrument design and construction 

Home Learning this Term

    • Revising simple note values and durations
    • Design and make your own instrument

 

Spring Term

Topic
Overview
Spring Term 1 Gamelan
Whole class ensemble playing and group work exploring the music of Java and Bali.
Spring Term 2 Intro to Guitar
Students learn to read tab as a new form of notation whilst learning open string accompaniment, progressing to riffs on single and multiple strings.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Working as a team
    • Independence
    • Resilience through practise and performance
    • Exploring different cultures
    • Mutual respect

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

Explore how technology has helped the guitar to develop

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Research the music of Indonesia
    • Research the development of the guitar and a famous guitarist 

 

Summer Term

Topic
Overview
Summer Term 1 
Sequencing Project
  • Melody and Notation
  • Students learn how to use Logic software and create a simple piece ensuring that each part is accurately notated.
Summer Term 2
Ensemble Skills and Improvising
  • Refining small group ensemble rehearsal preparing a performance piece with increasing independence.

Social, Moral, Spiritual & Cultural and British Values Links

    • Working as a team
    • Independence
    • Resilience through practise and performance
    • Mutual respect

Careers, Advice, Information & Guidance Links

    • Exploring the role of composers in computer game music and sound creation

Home Learning this Term

Music notation revision

 

 

Year 7 Music Summary

The emphasis in Music at The Cedars Academy is on practical music making for all students. Students participate in a range of whole class activities, with singing and group performance an integral part of the musical experience. All students in Year 7 and 8 have a lesson of music per week, focussing on group performance work, as well as developing keyboard skills and exploring a range of musical instruments and genres. In Year 9 students who opt for Music as part of the Expressive Arts curriculum have two hours of music per week. 

At KS3 we operate a 'have a go' policy. All students are expected to participate in all performance, composition, listening and written tasks that are set, regardless of their level of musical experience. They can expect tasks to be differentiated to cater for the most able performers to those who have had little musical experience.

At KS3 the music curriculum focuses on the key areas of study of Performing, Composing and

Listening/Appraising. Across all topics covered the range of activities will include: whole class singing; composing and performing music using keyboards/tuned percussion; whole class ensemble playing; performing and composing music in small groups using keyboards, percussion, guitars and voice; listening work and song writing. Students are taught in mixed-ability classes but are often grouped according to ability and prior musical experience in pair work and small group activities. 

Students also study: musical families (Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion), music notation (stave, treble clef, pitch notation, simple rhythm notation), how instruments produce sound, pulse and start to develop ensemble playing skills.

All students have the opportunity to use the musical skills they have developed and take part in a variety of performances throughout the year- as part of assemblies and showcase events. We also run a number of ensembles including Brass and Wind Ensembles, Jazz Band, various Rock Projects, Singing Club. We are also proud to host the Charnwood Area Music Centre which runs Junior and Senior Strings and the Area Centre Windband, as well as housing the Leicester-Shire Music Hub Percussion Ensembles.