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Buxton Community School

Buxton Community School

Music

Acting Head of Department (maternity cover):  Curtis Wall (curtis.wall@buxton.derbyshire.sch.uk)


 

Please note that some parts of the curriculum described below will not be possible this year due to COVID-19

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Course outline:

Elements of Music

During the Autumn term students learn about Timbre, Dynamics, Texture, Melody, Rhythm, Metre, Tonality and Structure. They begin to compose music fit for particular occasions and start to develop crucial performance skills.

Rock and Roll

Students learn about the history and evolution of popular music. They study Elvis Presley and get to know some of his most famous tunes.

Aeleatoric/Experimental Music

Students gain an understanding of graphic notation and develop composition skills to reflect images rather than conventional staff notation.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

Music from the Baroque period

Bach, Vivaldi and Pachelbel are among some of the composers introduced to students in this unit. They explore famous works from Baroque composers and learn about music from 1600-1750.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

Year 8

Course outine:

Music from the Classical Period

Students are introduced to Haydn and work on the keyboards to perform one of his famous melodies. They are introduced to time signatures and compose a piece in ¾ time.

World Music

During this topic students explore music from Jamaica, Indonesia and India.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

TV Themes

Students gain an understanding of the power that music has in creating characters and atmospheres. They compose music for characters that they have created and have a go at playing some famous TV themes.

Music Technology

Over a 6 week block of lessons students compose music using software called Cubase Elements 8. They explore loops and counter-melody in order to create a piece for computer voices. This also launches them on the software that we use at Key Stage 4 to compose GCSE composition coursework.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

Year 9

Course outine:

Music from the Romantic Period

Building on from the work done on the Baroque and Classical music periods in Year 7 and Year 8 students learn about music from 1810-1900.

Britpop

Students learn about the battle of the bands in the 90s and the impact that has had on today’s music. They develop their chord playing and understanding of harmony.

Film Music

Students analyse different film clips gain an understanding of the importance of music in a film. They have a go at playing James Bond and Mission Impossible themes before composing a theme of their own for a chosen genre of film.

Musical Theatre

During this topic students learn about the evolution of musical theatre from opera to present day West End shows.

Singing

During this project students work as a small ensemble to cover a song of their choice for a fictional X Factor audition.

Music Technology

Over a 6 week block of lessons students compose music using software called Cubase Elements 8. They explore loops and counter-melody in order to create a piece for computer voices. This also launches them on the software that we use at Key Stage 4 to compose GCSE composition coursework.

Forms of assessment:

Students will be assessed every half term either by performing to their peers, composing original material or by a formal listening assessment.

How parents can support learning:

Encourage your child to listen to a wide variety of musical genres.

Please encourage your child to get involved in musical clubs/activities that are organised by the department.

Peripatetic instrumental lessons are also available during the school day (please contact Mr Wall (during Mrs Reddy's maternity leave) or Mrs Hayes for more information).

Key Stage 4

At KS4 we offer the BTEC Level 2 First Award.  This qualification provides a vocationally relevant course in popular music, which allows for progression into a higher level of study and/or the industry. It is equivalent to 1 GCSE.

This course would suit students who; have a passion for music and/or music production, enjoy working creatively with others, enjoy music from a multitude of genres.

The students will learn to understand theoretical and contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry, to perform effectively on their instrument/voice (if the performance unit is chosen), to rehearse and display musicianship skills, to initiate and develop repertoire, to rehearse effectively and perform music live and to understand relevant aspects of music technology.

The course consists of 4 units – 2 mandatory ‘core’ and 2 ‘optional specialist’. All units are equally weighted.

Core Units –

Unit 1 The Music Industry

  • Learning Aims
    • A - Understand different types of organisations that make up the music industry
    • B – Understand job roles in the music industry

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product

  • Learning Aims
    • A - Plan, develop and deliver a music product
    • B – Promote a music product
    • C – Review the Management of a music product

Optional Specialist Units (pick 2) –

Unit 3 Introducing Live Sound

  • Learning Aims
    • A – Plan for a live music event
    • B – Demonstrate understanding of health and safety

Unit 4 Introducing Music Composition

  • Learning Aims
    • A – Explore creative stimuli to meet a brief
    • B – Develop, extend and shape music for performances
    • C – Present compositions appropriately

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance

  • Learning Aims
    • A – Develop your musical performance skills and review your own practice
    • B – Use your music performance skills within rehearsal and performance

Unit 6 Introducing Music Recording

  • Learning Aims
    • A – Plan a recording session
    • B – Use recording equipment safely to produce multi-track recordings.

Unit 7 Introducing Music Sequencing

  • Learning Aims
    • A – Explore music sequencing techniques
    • B – Use music sequencing software to create music

The qualification is 75% coursework and 25% exam. Unit 1 requires students to sit a 1-hour exam (50 marks) on roles and responsibilities in the Music Industry – this is usually completed in the summer of year 10. The 3 remaining units are internally assessed, and externally sampled by the exam board.

Progression routes for this course could include; Level 3 Music courses including A Level, BTEC and RSL Level 3 qualification for Music Practitioners or college/university courses in music or associated performing arts. Typical employment progression is to areas such as performing/recording artist, music producer, composer, music entrepreneur or industry professional.