Music

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Music

Autumn Term

Topic
Overview

Autumn Term 1 

Samba and Latin American Music 

Exploring the rhythms of Latin American music students perform a range of styles from Brazil and beyond.

Autumn Term 2 

Sequencing Project - Film Music 

Students analyse different approaches to scoring music for film and creating aural effects before composing a piece to moving image using Logic.

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 roles in the film and media industry e.g. composer, sound recordist, foley editor

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Research project on Carnival
    • Exploring film composers

 

Spring Term

Topic
Overview

Spring Term 1 

Reggae

Students perform and compose using the rhythmic and harmonic features of Reggae music.

Spring Term 2 

Cover Songs
A chance for students to analyse and learn pieces of their own choice. This unit allows students to analyse the stylistic features of music that they are interested in so that they can prepare for the next unit.

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 the role of arrangers in creating unique versions of existing music

 

Home Learning this Term

    • Bob Marley research project
    • Famous cover versions research project and planning for classwork

 

 

Summer Term

Topic
Overview

Summer Term 1

Songwriting

Independent composition task where students create a song/piece that represents a chosen genre. The piece will be performed or presented to peers.

Summer Term 2

Killer Queen – GCSE
Transitional work

One of the set works for GCSE Music, this unit is a preparatory unit that utilises both performance and analytical skills developed over KS3 enabling students to gain an understanding of some of the course
requirements.

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

Explore how songwriters work within the music industry

 

Home Learning this Term

Writing and developing your own lyrics

 

 

Year 9 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. 

Music lessons in Year 9 aim to bring together the skills students have learnt in Year 7 & 8 in extended tasks.  Music Technology is increasingly used in composition work and high ability students are encouraged to complete an individual, extended composition task, preparing them for GCSE-style composition work.  

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.