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Subject Head: Louise Matley

Contact: lmatley@farmors.gloucs.sch.uk

KS3 Music

Course outline 

During their first two years at Farmor’s all students will study Music for two periods each week. In Year 9 they will make a choice to study two Creative Arts from four options, one of which includes continuing with Music for a further two periods per week. Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Students are engaged and inspired to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. 

Students perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians. Students learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence. Students understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Course Detail 
  Term 1 Term 2 Term 3 Term 4 Term 5 Term 6

7

Sounds and Symbols

Pulse and Rhythm

Pitch and Melody

Structure and Dynamics

National Anthems

Scales

8

Riffs and Textures

Rhythm and Words

Composing with Chords

Blues

Musical Characters

 

9

Reggae

Loops

Adverts

Film Music

Song Writing

 

KS4 Music

Specification: EdExcel 2MU01

Course outline

The course has three main elements

  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening to and Appraising Music

What should students expect to do during the course?

The course presents a wide range of opportunities to students. These include: -

  • Solo performance; 
  • Ensemble performance; 
  • Writing and recording your own music;
  • Listening to and understanding a wide range of music from different styles and cultures. 

There are four areas of study covered, each containing two set works:

  1. Instrumental Music 1700-1820
  2. Vocal Music
  3. Music for Stage and Screen
  4. Fusions

Within each area of study you will:

  • Learn about the contextual nature of the period, style, movement or culture in which the set works were composed.
  • Learn biographical information on the composers of the set works
  • Carry out detailed analyses of the set works
  • Complete listening and appraising tasks to prepare you for the exam
  • Complete performing and composing tasks to develop a full range of musical skills
  • Learn new musical vocabulary related to each set work.

Music is an interesting and wide-ranging subject but it is demanding. It requires academic rigour and will challenge you. Students should note that good skills on an instrument or voice are essential to follow the course successfully.

Assessment (graded 9- 1)

Coursework:  Performing and Composing      60%

Examination: Listening                40%    

Progression into Sixth Form

We run successful A-Level courses in Music and Music Technology.