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Lavington School

EQUA Trust

Music

Subject Leader: Ms Jane Silva - j.silva@lavington.wilts.sch.uk

Curriculum Map

Year 7

What are we studying?

Students will complete 6 units of work.

The topics covered are:

The Elements – Looking at the key items that create music: performance task

The Saints: Keyboard Project – Learning about the keyboard and how to start reading music notation: performance task

Impressionism and Graphic Scores – Learning about the style of Impressionism and how graphic scores are used. Pupils then create their own graphic score: composition task

Rhythm and Notation: The Underground – Looking at music notation of rhythms: performance & notation task

Music Technology Project – How to use music software, arranging and writing a melody to fit chords: music technology task

Intercity Stomp – Consolidating keyboard skills by learning to play a new piece: performance task

How are we assessed?

Each topic lasts for one term. At the end of the topic students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of music is assessed using curriculum levels.

This will be compared to their target level to measure progress and performance.

How are we grouped?

Students are always taught in mixed ability classes. During lesson time, students work in pairs, small groups and mixed gender groupings.

What homework are we expected to do?

  • Spellings of key words
  • Understanding the meanings of keywords
  • Completion of composition or rehearsing of performance task

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child what has happened in their music lesson and encourage them to complete any homework tasks set.

Encouraging your child to listen to a wide variety of music in general and in particular to explore the topic/genre studied at home.

Information on levels

Year 8

What are we studying?

Students will complete 6 units of work.

The topics covered are:

Music for Special Occasions: Fanfare – Students learn about fanfare and create their own fanfare: composition task OR

Cubase – Students learn how to use the Cubase software and look at ‘Variations’: music technology and composition task

Film Music – Becoming a musical director, composing music to fit a film script or scene: composition task

Indian Music – Study of Indian music and improvisation: composition and performance task

Musicals – Study of the ‘Work song’ from Les Miserables, developing analysis, essay writing and performance skills

Song writing – Composing and performing a song: composition & performance task

Reggae – Learning the elements of Reggae through a performance of Israelites or Three Little Birds: performance task

How are we assessed?

Each topic lasts for one term. At the end of the topic students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of music is assessed by curriculum levels.

This will be compared to their target level to measure progress and performance.

How are we grouped?

Students are always taught in mixed ability classes. During lesson time, students work individually, in pairs, small groups and mixed gender groupings.

What homework are we expected to do?

  • Spellings of key words
  • Understanding the meanings of keywords
  • Completion of composition or rehearsing of performance task

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child what has happened in their music lesson and encourage them to complete any homework tasks set.

Encouraging your child to listen to a wide variety of music in general and in particular to explore the topic/genre studied at home

  Information on levels

Year 9

What are we studying?

Students will complete 6 units of work.

The topics covered are:

Fusions – Study of Fusion music, learning about what it is and how to play 1 of 3 fusion pieces OR

Gamelan – Study of Gamelan music leading to a composition using Sibelius: composition task

Blues – Study of Blues music leading to a performance of your own Blues arrangement: composition & performance task

Minimalism – Study of Minimalism leading to a composition using Sibelius: composition task

Video Games Music – Study of the features and function of video games music, leading to a performance of the Tetris theme tune: performance task

Stand by Me – Performance and arrangement of Stand by Me: performance task OR

The Tango – Students learn about the origins and features of the Tango, and then perform a tango in pairs: performance task

Performer Producer – Students have a choice of either composing, performing or using music technology to produce a popular piece

 How are we assessed?

Each topic lasts for one term. At the end of the topic students’ knowledge, skills and understanding of music is assessed by curriculum levels.

This will be compared to their target level to measure progress and performance.

How are we grouped?

Students are always taught in mixed ability classes. During lesson time, students work individually, in pairs, small groups and mixed gender groupings.

What homework are we expected to do?

  • Spellings of key words
  • Understanding the meanings of keywords
  • Completion of composition or rehearsing of performance task

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child what has happened in their music lesson and encourage them to complete any homework tasks set.

Encouraging your child to listen to a wide variety of music in general and in particularly to explore the topic/genre studied at home.

  Information on levels

Years 10 and 11

What are we studying?

Eduqas GCSE Music

Component 1: Performing (30%)

Minimum of 2 performances, one of which must be an ensemble lasting at least 1 minute. The other piece(s) may be performed as a solo or part of an ensemble

Total duration of performances: 4-6 minutes

  • Total of 72 marks

Component 2: Composing (30%)

2 compositions

  • 1 to set brief
  • 1 free composition

Total duration of compositions: 3-6 minutes

Total of 72 marks

Component :3 Appraising (40%)

Written examination 1 hour 15 minutes

4 Areas of Study with 2 Set Works each:

  • Musical Forms and Devices (Set Work Eine Kleine Nachtmusik by Mozart)
  • Music for Ensemble
  • Film Music
  • Popular Music (Set Work Africa by Toto)

Total of 96 marks

How are we assessed?

Lessons will be a mixture of practical and theory.

Students need to learn about the following in order to critically appraise pieces of music through the contexts of areas of study:

  • Form and structure in music
  • Appropriate musical vocabulary for the course
  • Stylistic features of the set works and the genres covered in the Areas of Study
  • Conventions used in different times and places
  • How music relates to the context in which it was created
  • How to express and justify their opinions and preferences

Students need to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of musical elements, musical contexts and musical language in relation to music that they have studied and to unfamiliar music for each of the areas of study.

What homework are you expected to do?

Regular lessons and practice of chosen instrument/voice – this should be at least 10 minutes a day, with 3 longer sessions.

Composition tasks

Practice theory development, essay practice and revision of set works

Learning meaning and spelling of key words

What can parents do to help?

Oversee regular practice of chosen instrument/voice and organisation of choosing pieces to perform.

Checking in on composition progress.

Encourage participation in choir/orchestra or other suitable performance group.

Testing of key words.