MUSIC - KS3

 

Music Learning Journey

 

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Miss M. Whinnett/Mrs S. McKay
Teaching Staff: Mr J. Lyon
Instrumental teachers: Mrs Edgars, Miss Bennett, Mr Howard, Mr Bannister, Mrs Wright, Mrs Edwards
Link Governor: Mr P. Sharples

OUR AIMS

Up Holland High School offers students the opportunity to:

  • Explore the 3 disciplines of music; Performance (solo and ensemble), composition and listening skills through a range of genres and styles of music.
  • Enrich a love for Music through further development of instrumental and vocal skills; keyboard, ukulele, percussion, woodwind and vocal.
  • Embed prior learning into new concepts through the key skills, with added depth, independence and creativity.

YEAR 7

   

TERM

UNIT OF STUDY

KEY SKILLS / LEARNING

Autumn

Project 1: Keyboard and notation
Project 2: Finding your voice

Understand how to read treble clef musical notation
Piano skills including touch, control of two hands.
Develop an understanding of musical elements through listening skills; texture, tempo, rhythm, dynamics
Develop solo and ensemble performance skills
Singing skills including pitch, intonation, control

Spring

Project 2: Instruments of the Orchestra part 1
Project 3: Instruments of the Orchestra part 2

Understand the role of the orchestra and the sections
Develop an understanding of rhythms
Composition skills and working towards a brief – the role of the composer
Developing control of woodwind instruments and performing as an ensemble

Summer

Project 4: Melody and accompaniment
Project 5: Ground bass and the Baroque

Develop composition skills further; composing a melody and accompaniment
Learn about tonality and harmonic devices
Learn about further textural devices and structure.
Develop historical context of the Baroque period.

YEAR 8

   

Autumn

4 chord songs

Develop a further understanding of harmony and tonality; changing chords from major to minor, inversions.
Explore structure and how to create your own arrangement.
Develop technical control of the voice, keyboard and ukulele
Develop ensemble skills
Understand the role of performers in society and working towards a brief.

Spring

Writing a song for a special occasion

Further exploration of harmony and tonality; creating your own chord sequence.
Structure of pop music and development of musical ideas.
Explore compositional devices for composing a melody
Create a song to be used at a cultural, spiritual or social occasion to celebrate.
Understand the significance music plays on Social, Cultural and Spiritual events.

Summer

Beethoven and the Classical Period

Develop an understanding of musical notation; accidentals
Develop technical control of the keyboard; playing the piano with two hands
Learn about the cultural influences Classical music had on the ‘Age of Enlightenment’
Learn about the life of Beethoven and his importance in the history of music.

YEAR 9

   

Autumn

Film Music

Develop an understand of mood and atmosphere
Create an atmospheric piece of music which uses devices
Control of elements of music such as tempo, dynamics; developing ideas
Further developing instrumental skills on percussion, keyboard, ukulele
To embed the importance music has on the audience.

Spring

Reggae Music

Embed ensemble skills as a band
Embed technical control of voice, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, percussion
Gain an understanding of rhythmic devices and stylistic features
Understanding how Reggae music links with BLM and historical understanding of slavery in the Caribbean.

Summer

Musical Theatre

Explore the role of the pit orchestra
Develop a performance of a musical theatre piece as a pit orchestra
Using relevant terminology to evaluate both own work & peers
Embed ensemble skills and technical control of instruments/voice.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

  • Key stage 3 band, Key stage 4 band, Key stage 3 choir, Key stage 4 choir, songwriters club, keyboard club.
  • Instrumental lessons on the following disciplines; Piano, Percussion, Vocal, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Strings.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about specific performances? Why was it created? What instruments can you hear? What is happening to the dynamics in this piece? What is the tonality? What is the tempo? What period of music/ what is the style of music? To ask your child to perform a piece of music they have been learning or creating to develop confidence in their ability.
Encourage them to follow official profiles of the performers/plays/musicals they study on social media.

WHERE TO GO:

Visit concert locations (Liverpool Philharmonic/Bridgewater Hall Manchester) Orchestra’s Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, RNCM for regular concerts throughout the week and weekend.

WHAT TO WATCH/LISTEN:

  • YouTube
  • Live Performances on YouTube
  • BBC Music
  • BBC Proms
  • Glastonbury
  • BBC 4
  • Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History
  • Spotify/ Apple Music:
  • Specific playlists for styles of music/famous artists and bands

WHAT TO READ:

  • The AB guide to music theory: Eric Taylor
  • Music Theory for Young Musicians

ONLINE:

 

Music Theory

 

Halle Orchestra

 

Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra

 

Songwriters

 

The Beatles Story Museum

 

British Music Experience

 

BBC Bitesize Music

 

FUTURE CAREERS:

Musician, Singer, Instrumentalist, Session Musician, Composer, Conductor, Orchestral Musician, Film composer, TV Composer, Video Game Composer, Army Musician, West End Performer, Music Producer, Music Therapist, Music Teacher, Sound Engineer, Special Effects Technician, Arts Administrator, Talent Agent, Music Journalist, Director, Copyright, Music Psychologist.