What will my child's learning be like in Music?

Year 7

Students will be able to :

  • Read & write music in a variety of forms and transfer this understanding into recording software.
  • Develop a variety of performance and rehearsal techniques.
  • Identify musical structures aurally through part of a holistic performance.
  • Compose a dance music composition using loops and inputted audio samples.
  • Compose music using the pentatonic scale in a ternary structure.

Year 8

Students will be able to :

  • Improvise ‘around’ the melody to Howlin’ Blues, incorporating 7th Chords.
  • Write authentic lyrics by expanding on vocabulary used, identify phrasing, revise and refining work incorporating musical ideas clearly and structurally.
  • Incorporate musical expression such as dynamics, timbre and accents.
  • Create a coherent arrangement that is based on internalised sounds and can handle musical ideas competently, adapting, developing, extend and discard musical ideas.
  • Handle musical ideas competently when composing a homophonic texture with clear development and extended musical ideas.

Year 9

Students will be able to:

  • Make comparisons between pieces of music and the relevant time, place, culture and recognise their basic features.
  • Create an extended composition using a ternary structure incorporating many of the musical elements.
  • Make musical judgement based on knowledge and can name and describe different musical periods.
  • Create extended compositions with a sense of direction and follow and challenge musical conventions within specific styles.
  • Understand music from different cultures and places around the music though listening and practical activities.

Key Stage 4: Pearson, Edexcel BTEC Level 1/Level 2 TECH Award in Music Practice

The three components in the qualification give learners the opportunity to develop a broad knowledge and understanding of: the music industry; specialist skills and techniques in music practice; and how to respond to a commercial music brief.

Components 1 and 2 are assessed through internal assessment. This style of assessment promotes deep learning by ensuring the connection between knowledge and practice. The components focus on:

  • The development of core knowledge and understanding of music styles and techniques used in a range of music genres, and how to respond to a music industry brief
  • The development and application of skills such as practical and interpretative, musical rehearsal and performance through workshops and classes.
  • Reflective practice through the development of skills and techniques that allow learners to think about the development of their idea from the initial plan to the final musical product.

Internal assessment is through assignments that are subject to external standards verification. In setting assignments, we provide authorised assignment briefs and guidance in each component. This means that you can adapt materials to your local contexts and assess assignments that provide the valid and rigorous final summative assessment for each component. Each component has an assessment weighting of 30%.

Component 3 builds directly on Components 1 and 2 and enables learning to be brought together and related to a real-life situation. Component 3 requires learners to apply musical skills and techniques in response to a brief to produce a music product. The design of this external assessment ensures that there is sufficient stretch and challenge, enabling the assessment of knowledge and understanding at the end of the learning period. The external assessment is based on a key task that requires learners to demonstrate that they can identify and use effectively an appropriate selection of skills, techniques, concepts, theories and knowledge from across the whole qualification in an integrated way. The external assessment takes the form of a set task taken under supervised conditions, which is then marked, and a grade awarded by Pearson. Learners are permitted to re-sit the external assessment once during their programme by taking a new assessment. The external assessment comprises 40% of the total qualification. This component should be delivered and assessed at the end of the course of study.

What are we aiming to achieve in the Music department?

The Music Department aims to provide all students with a high-quality music education which engages and inspires students to develop a lifelong love of music. We increase their self-confidence and creativity by providing students with opportunities for self-expression and a sense of personal achievement. Delivery of music is through a combination of listening, composing and performing.

For more information please contact

Miss C. Hopkinson, Music Teacher and Head of Creative and Performing Arts

Miss C. Clifton, Teacher of Music