Music Y8

Overall Curriculum Goals

Students will learn to perform pieces of music using 2 hands 
Students will learn about music production methods 
Students will learn to realise their original ideas using music technology 
Students will learn how music is used in real world situations 
Students will develop their listening skills and their ability to respond to unfamiliar music  

Term 1

Term 3

Term 5

Topic Title: 

The Blues

Topic Title: 

Remix

Topic Title: 

Music that tells a Story

Topic Intent:

Without Blues, the musical world would sound very different. Blues’ influence sits at the centre of modern musical styles from the rhythmic flow in hip hop to the use of the guitars in rock music.  
Studying blues music gives our students an understanding of where “their” music came from and, most importantly, what events allowed Blues to emerge. 
Learning about Blues will give our students an insight into the struggles of Black musicians in ‘Post Emancipation’ America.  They will link the struggle to the music to understand  
the meaning and drive behind the music. 
Through practice and rehearsal our students will develop their resilience and critical ear. Learning to use rehearsal time effectively and applying a critical ear to their own work and the work of others. 
The arrangement of musical ideas is an important compositional skill. Through this, our students will tap into a creative mindset pushing themselves to develop, refine and improve their ideas, moving towards a more sophisticated outcome. 

Topic Intent:

The modern musician needs to be equally at home with studio technology as they are on a stage. Nearly all the music that is produced has been manipulated with technology 
In some way. The remix is at the most extreme end of this. 
Studying remixing gives our students and understanding of a range of musical genres and how these genres developed. Focussing on the key musical features that make each style  
Recognisable. By understanding the way genres work, our students can start to explore how music can be transformed from one into another. 
Learning about Remixing will give our students an insight into the skills required to work as a musician in the 21st century. 
Through practice and rehearsal our students will develop their resilience and critical ear. Learning to use rehearsal time effectively and applying a critical ear to their own work and the work of others. 
The arrangement of musical ideas is an important compositional skill. Through this, our students will tap into a creative mindset pushing themselves to develop, refine and improve their ideas, moving towards a more sophisticated outcome. 

Topic Intent:

The power or music to shape an experience is unrivalled. Creators of film, television and other narrative media have long understood the power that music can have in telling a story. 
Studying storytelling music, from the Programme music of Aaron Copland to the music of Hollywood opens up our students’ opportunities to perform and compose music in different ways. The idea of music telling a story introduces the idea of structure in a way that is familiar to everyone, telling a story. 
Learning about Film music will give our students an insight into the skills required to work as a composer in the 21st century. 
Through practice and rehearsal our students will develop their resilience and critical ear. Learning to use rehearsal time effectively and applying a critical ear to their own work and the work of others. 
The arrangement of musical ideas is an important compositional skill. Through this, our students will tap into a creative mindset pushing themselves to develop, refine and improve their ideas, moving towards a more sophisticated outcome. 

Key Content / Skills:  

  • The History of Blues
  • 12 bar Blues
  • The Blues Scale
  • Improvisation
  • Chromaticism/Black notes
  • Walking Bass
  • Riffs
  • Chords

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Genres of Music
  • Drumbeats
  • Sampling
  • Studio Effects
  • Digital Sound Manipulation
  • Basslines
  • Chord Progressions
  • Creating a Remix

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Programme Music
  • The music of Aaron Copland
  • Syncopation
  • Dotted Rhythms
  • Keyboard skills
  • Creating Musical Effects/Mickey Mousing
  • Silent Movie Music
  • Composing to a moving image

Assessment:

Performance /30 
Composition /30 
End of Unit listening test /20 

Assessment:

Performance /30 
Composition /30 
End of Unit listening test /20 

Assessment:

Performance /30 
Composition /30 
End of Unit listening test /20 

Home Learning:

Students are expected to complete 3 homework activities related to the learning. One of these will be an independent listening task. Students are encouraged to carry out individual practice of performance pieces prior to assessment, either at home if resources are available or during social time using our dedicated practice facilities.

Home Learning:

Students are expected to complete 3 homework activities related to the learning. One of these will be an independent listening task. Students are encouraged to carry out individual practice of performance pieces prior to assessment, either at home if resources are available or during social time using our dedicated practice facilities.

Home Learning:

Students are expected to complete 3 homework activities related to the learning. One of these will be an independent listening task. Students are encouraged to carry out individual practice of performance pieces prior to assessment, either at home if resources are available or during social time using our dedicated practice facilities.

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Musician
  • Historian
  • Composer
  • Community Arts Worker
  • Event Manager

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Musician 
  • Computing/ICT
  • DJ
  • Music Producer
  • Sound Engineer

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Media Producer
  • Special Effects technician
  • Broadcast Engineer
  • Composer
  • Sound Engineer

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