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Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4
Key Stage 5: Music
Key Stage 5: Music Technology
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Music is part of the Arts Rotation. This means that every child receives 30 lessons over each year.

The topics studied are:

Year 7

Vocal work

Part songs / rounds / vocal techniques / composition and arranging / simple graphic scores

Music Through the Ages

Reading and composing using notation / Instruments of the Orchestra / keyboard skills / musical structures/ developing skills in using computer software

Pentatonic Work

Performing and composing using tuned and un-tuned percussion / keyboard skills / simple improvisation


Year 8

Blues and Riffs

Keyboard skills / 12 Bar Blues / developing improvisation skills / following notation / performing and composing riffs / composing jingles

Film Music

Using computers to compose to music for film clips / using the elements to create contrasting moods / more complex use of graphic scores / developing skills in using computer software


Performing and composing using tuned and un-tuned Percussion / use of contrasting time signatures / developing a greater understanding of structure / learning about different cultures / reading and composing using a variety of different scores


Year 9

Festival Music

Learning the conventions of samba music / composing using percussion instruments / arranging and performing a piece of traditional carnival music

Rock Workshop

Learning to play guitar, bass, drum kit and keyboard / performing as an ensemble / developing  knowledge of popular music

New Directions

Experimenting with contemporary composition techniques such as serialism and minimalism / understanding developments in 20th Century music 


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