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Music

Subject: Music

Subject/Curriculum Leader: Ms V. Briggs/ Mrs G. McDonald

Music is an rea important and really fun part of Norton’s curriculum. The emphasis is on learning through practical experiences, and we have a diversity of class sets of instruments from glockenspiels and keyboards to ukuleles, Samba sets and African drums (Djembes).

The learning takes place through listening, performing, and composing activities. It can be in a variety of formats including individual work, pair work and group work.

There are opportunities to take individual instrument lessons with our visiting peripatetic teaching staff.

There are also extracurricular music clubs at lunchtimes leading to the opportunity to perform at our public concerts throughout the school year, which have been stunningly well attended. The Music department is also involved in the annual school show which involves all of the Expressive Arts department.

The Music block is a well-resourced and well used facility, which includes a spacious classroom, two practise rooms, a live sound room and recording studio.

“Music is the universal language of mankind.”

 Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Key Stage 3

Statement

In key stage 3, students enjoy one hour of Music a fortnight. The curriculum is designed to allow progression in listening, performance and composition skills .

The curriculum is sequenced to enable progress and development of musical skills through exciting projects which build confidence, respect and a good teamwork ethic.

Year 7 - Autumn term

The elements of music

 The Voice. This project has the expectation that year 7 students will perform in the Christmas concert.

 

Year 7 - Spring term

World Music- India, The Ukulele

 

Year 7 - Summer term

National Anthems and Adverts (Music technology).

NB: These topics are based on a one hour a week curriculum.

 

Year 8 - Autumn term

The Blues(performance)

 

Year 8 - Spring term

World Music- Samba (performance and composition)

 

Year 8 - Summer term

Notate (composing and arranging)

 

Year 9 - Autumn term

Remix (Composing and arranging)

 

Year 9 - Spring term

World Music-Africa (Composing and performing)

 

Year 9 - Summer term

Composing from a brief

 

Key Stage 4

Statement:

The new BTEC Tech Award Music Practice level 1 and 2 will run from September 2021. The course involves developing technical skills through vocational contexts by exploring and developing musical skills and techniques, and by responding to a music industry brief. It is an exciting course which develops practical skills gained in key stage 3 in performance, composition and music production and involves organising and running a live music event to industry standards.

 

Year 10 - Autumn term

Exploring Music products and styles:

Learning aim A- Explore techniques used to create music products

 

Year 10 - Spring term

Exploring Music products and styles:

Learning aim B-Explore music industry job roles in relation to techniques

Support for assignment -component 1

Music skills development:

Learning aim A- Develop individual musical skills and techniques

 

Year 10 - Summer term

Music skills development:

Learning aim B- Apply skills and techniques in a musical context.
 

Year 11 - Autumn term

Music skills development:

Learning aim B- Apply skills and techniques in a musical context.
Responding to a Commercial Music Brief:

 Assessment objective A - Understand how to respond to a commercial music brief

Assessment objective B-Select and apply musical skills in response to a commercial brief

 

Year 11 - Spring term

Responding to a commercial brief:

Assessment objective B- Select and apply musical skills in response to a commercial brief

Assessment objective C - present a final musical product in response to a brief

Assessment objective D- Comment on the creative process in response to a given brief

Synoptic set task activities.

 

Year 11 - Summer term

Responding to a brief:

Synoptic set task activities

 

Key Stage 5

The course is BTEC level 3 National Extended Certificate in Music Performance and is 360 Guided Learning Hours and is equivalent to an ‘A’ level. The course comprises of 4 units, of which 3 are mandatory. The mandatory units are Practical Theory of Music and Harmony, Professional practice in the Music Industry and Ensemble Music performance. The final unit is an option from one of the following: Composing Music, Music Performance Session Styles, Solo Performance or Improvising Music.

 

Year 12 - Autumn term

Theory of Music and harmony

Ensemble Music performance

 

Year 12 - Spring term

Ensemble Music Performance

Theory of Music

 

Year 12 - Summer term

Solo performance (option)

Professional practice in the Music industry

 

Year 13 - Autumn term

Professional practice in the music industry

Solo performance

Ensemble Music performance

 

Year 13 - Spring term

Ensemble Music performance

Professional practice in the music industry

 

Year 13 - Summer term

Ensemble Music performance

Professional practice in the music industry