What will your child be learning?  

Your child will be learning how to use musical vocabulary and a range of notations. They will listen to and discuss great pieces of music and will learn about the techniques used by the composers. Students will develop their practical skills on keyboard, guitar, drums and voice. They will end the year by forming bands and working towards performances for the year 7 Music Festival.

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performance work, composition exercises and their understanding of music (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them access to a wide range of music! If they are learning an instrument, please encourage them to practise every day.

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

What will your child be learning?  

Your child will be learning about scales and chords at the start of the year. This then feeds into projects on ensemble performance, blues and reggae music. Later in the year we explore some music from the Baroque period before we end year 8 with a project on songwriting and an opportunity to showcase original work in front of the whole year group.

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performance work, composition exercises and their understanding of music (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them access to a wide range of music! If they are learning an instrument, please encourage them to practise every day.

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

What will your child be learning?  

Your child will be about how music is used in film and television. There is an increased focus on composition skills and the use of Garageband software to help record and develop and practical work.  Students learn about some 20th Century art music in our unit on minimalism and they are given increased independence when choosing their final performance projects for the year.

How will your child be assessed?

Your child will be assessed on their performance work, composition exercises and their understanding of music (shown through verbal answers, written responses and feedback given to others).

How can you help your child?

Give them access to a wide range of music! If they are learning an instrument, please encourage them to practise every day.

How will Homework be organised?

There is no homework set in KS3. Students are very welcome to take home any resources we use if they want to spend extra time working on pieces or broadening their understanding of a topic.

Exam Board:  AQA

Qualification:  GCSE Music                    

What are the main topics I will study for the qualification?

The course will develop your skills in 3 areas:  performing, composing and understanding music.

You will study a wide range of music in detail, including western classical music and pop / rock pieces.

 

How will I be assessed in the subject?

Performing coursework (30{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – your solo and group performance work will be recorded for your assessment for this unit.

Composing coursework (30{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – you will create 2 original pieces, 1 in response to a brief and one completely free choice.

Understanding music exam (40{a6d30c8a62fcb64e523aef1a61d5dd552560e516c224da626f6e683ccd748591}) – this is a combination of short responses to recorded music and longer answers to questions about the pieces you study throughout the 2 years.

 

Am I suited to Music?

You will need to be able to play an instrument or sing and be willing to develop your skills and perform with others.

You will need to be open minded when it comes to learning music from a variety of eras and genres!