In Year 7, pupils learn the basics of music theory, discovering how music is notated and learning about the elements (building blocks) of music. They are introduced to the instruments of the orchestra, and have opportunities to establish their skills in keyboard playing, African drumming and singing.
In Year 8, pupils build on the knowledge and skills they learned in the previous year. They revisit keyboard performance, learn about blues music, and write their own melodic compositions. They also have opportunities to perform pop songs in small ensembles, learn Samba instruments, and gain foundational skills in music technology.
In Year 9, pupils focus on four key areas (to prepare them for possible KS4 options): Solo Performance, Ensemble Performance, Composition and Music Technology. There is more freedom for pupils to specialise in particular genres (e.g. bringing in their own guitar music), and pupils can create work of a higher standard with the skills they have gained in Years 7 and 8. Half way through the year, some pupils choose to carry on the subject at GCSE.
Years 10 & 11
There are two musical options for pupils to choose from at Key Stage 4 – GCSE Music and NCFE Music Technology. GCSE Music is most suited for pupils who wish to follow a traditional course in music, and the NCFE course is better for pupils who prefer to focus on musical technology and recording … but keen pupils can choose both!
Years 12 & 13
Pupils who particularly enjoyed GCSE Music often go on to take A Level Music, and likewise the keener NCFE students will choose to study A Level Music Technology. Both of these courses build on the skills learned at Key Stage 4, and provide an excellent grounding for university study or industry placements (whether within music or in other fields).
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