Subject Leader: Miss Lucy Burgess

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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

Graphic Scores – Looking at alternative ways of notation: composition & notation task

African Rhythms – Study of African drumming through rhythm grids, polyrhythms and use of words to create rhythms: composition & performance

Underground – Looking at music notation of rhythms: performance & notation task

Sibelius – How to use the music software Sibelius, arranging and writing a melody to fit chords: music technology task

Rondo form – Looking at the structure of music: 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 in pairs, small groups and mixed gender groupings.

What homework are we expected to do?

  • Spellings of key words
  • Understanding the meanings of keywords
  • Listening and appraising task
  • 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.

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