What the students in Keystage 3 are learning in Music during the Spring Term 1:

Year 7, Ostinato and Fanfare

• Lesson 1: We are performing rhythmic vocal patterns as an ensemble in order to learn about the musical terminology ostinato.

• Lesson 2: We are developing our performing skills as an ensemble in order to learn about the inter-related dimensions of music.

• Lesson 3: We are exploring ostinatos using London tube names in order to create a group piece.

• Lesson 4: We are exploring ostinatos using London tube names in order to develop our group piece.

• Lesson 5: We are exploring ostinatos using London tube names in order to further develop our group piece.

• Lesson 6: We are exploring ostinatos using London tube names in order to further develop and perform our group piece.

Year 8, The Blues

• Lesson 1: We are learning about the key characteristics of blues music in order to develop our knowledge of blues music.

• Lesson 2: We are learning about the key characteristics of blues music in order to develop our knowledge of blues music through looking at the 12-bar blues chord sequence.

• Lesson 3: We are learning about the key characteristics of blues music in order to further develop our knowledge of blues music and ensemble performing through looking at the 12-bar blues chord sequence.

• Lesson 4: We are learning to develop our listening skills through focusing on the integrated elements of music whilst evaluating a blues piece by Robert Johnson.

• Lesson 5: We are learning about improvisation in order to develop our skills in improvisation.

• Lesson 6: We are learning about improvisation in order to further develop our skills in improvisation.

Year 9, Ground Bass

• Lesson 1: Working towards a class ensemble by learning to play the bass line and part 8 of Pachelbel’s canon on the keyboard.

• Lesson 2: Continuing to work towards a class ensemble by learning to play part 7 and part 6 of Pachelbel’s canon on the keyboard.

• Lesson 3: Development of class ensemble work by refining the 4 parts already learnt and rehearsing as a class ensemble to record a performance. Higher grade students will be encouraged to play 2 parts simultaneously using both hands on the keyboard.

• Lesson 4: Continuation of ensemble development by learning to play part 5 and part 4 on the keyboard. Higher target grade pupils will learn part 2 on the keyboard. 

• Lesson 5: Focus group ensemble work, pupils will work in small differentiated groups to create a small ensemble performance using all 7 parts. Those pupils working towards a target grade 4 will be asked to start learning part 1.

• Lesson 6: Assessment for ensemble work, pupils will perform Pachelbel’s Canon within the rehearsed ensembles for assessment.

 

What the students in Keystage 4 are learning in Music during the Spring Term 1:

• Thursday 5th January: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; start of the new unit ensembles. Key focus, ensemble rehearsal skills. The whole class will participate in an ensemble to perform a piece of music by the end of the lesson.  

• Friday 6th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be looking at how film music is used to support scenes from films through listening to different pieces of music and studying the key features of music that is used to create music for films.

• Wednesday 11th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be continuing to further develop your understanding of the key features of music that are used to create music for films through listening to different pieces of music, studying how music is used within films and through creating your own piece of music to a clip from a film.

• Friday 13th January: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; skills audit and partnership. Key focus, guiding pupils into ensembles and choosing pieces appropriate to their skills. Pupils will also be making a rehearsal schedule with the other members of their new ensemble.

• Monday 16th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be continuing to further develop your understanding of the key features of music that are used to create music for films through listening to different piece of music, studying how music is used within films and you will be further developing your composition of a piece of music to a clip from a film.

• Thursday 19th January: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; guided rehearsal time and review. Pupils will have allocated time within their ensemble groups and review progress made with their pieces.

• Friday 20th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be continuing to further develop your understanding of the key features of music that are used to create music for films through listening to different piece of music, studying how music is used within films and you will be listening to each other’s composition ideas, analysing them and appraising them using the key features of music that are used to create music for film.

• Wednesday 25th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be looking at how Western Classical music is used in films, developing your understanding of how the music is used to support scenes from films through listening to different pieces of music and studying the key features of music that are used to create music for films.

• Friday 27th January: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; key focus, rehearsal skills and how to work together as an ensemble. Followed by guided rehearsal time.

• Monday 30th January: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be further developing your knowledge of how Western Classical music is used in films, through listening to different pieces of music and studying the key features of music that are used to create music for films.

• Thursday 2nd February: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; work in progress performance and appraisal. Each ensemble will perform their piece and be filmed.

• Friday 3rd February: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be looking at how music has been composed as a soundtrack for video games, developing your understanding of how the music is used to support the action and how it develops throughout the video game, through listening to different pieces of music and studying the key features of music that are used to create music for video games.

• Wednesday 8th February: This lesson will be with Miss Guest; you will be further developing your knowledge of music for video games, through listening to different pieces of music and studying the key features of music that are used to create music for video games. You will also be creating your own piece of music to support a video game.

• Friday 10th February: This lesson will be with Mrs Parsons; appraisal of their work in progress ensemble performances. Pupils will complete an appraisal sheet to clarify their strengths and areas for improvement within their performance. The opportunity to make these improvements will be given after the half term break.

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