Music Y9

Overall Curriculum Goals

Students will learn about song writing conventions, both lyrically and musically 
Students will learn to read and write Bass Clef notation 
Students will develop their performance skills on the keyboard 
Students will learn how music can be used to manipulate and enhance emotions 
Students will learn how to experiment with sounds and the established rules of music 

Term 1

Term 3

Term 5

Topic Title: 

Reggae

Topic Title: 

Music and the Media

Topic Title: 

Breaking the Rules

Topic Intent:

The reggae project will give our students further opportunities to build confidence through performance and develop their self-discipline through the preparation of their own Reggae song. 
Throughout this unit, our students will learn about the impact that Jamaica and its history had on reggae, and the impact that reggae, in turn, had on the world. They will learn that  
music has the power to make global change and that a songwriter can become a cultural icon. 
Learning about Reggae will give our students an insight into the struggles of Reggae pioneers and make them think about their own lives and struggles. Then use this to develop their own musical responses which speak about the truth of their experiences. 
Through the act of collaborative composition, our students will help each other to tap into a creative mindset and push each other to develop, refine and improve their ideas, moving  
towards a more sophisticated outcome. 
Our students will learn that what was important to the Jamaican musicians of the 60s and 70s, whilst the specifics may change, is important to them today. 

Topic Intent:

The Music and the Media project will give our students further opportunities to build confidence through performance and develop their self-discipline through the composition of their own music for a computer game 
The musical world has changed since the advent of the internet. Recorded music holds little value in a world of streaming and free music. Composers and musicians have had 
To find growing areas to work in. The media had provided this opportunity, from commercial advertising to music for the growing games industry, a modern musician needs to know 
The conventions and pitfalls of working in the media field. 
Through the act of composition, our students will tap into a creative mindset and push themselves to develop, refine and improve their ideas, moving  
towards a more sophisticated outcome. 
Our students will learn that working as a musician in the 21st century needs more than just musical ability; you need to understand how the industry works. 

Topic Intent:

In Breaking the Rules, our students will have yet further opportunities to build confidence through performance and composition and be encouraged to put this confidence to use by experimenting.  
In the 20th Century composers and musicians strived to push the accepted rules of music, by studying avant garde musical ideas our students will expand their creative horizons as well as deepening their understanding to those rules. 
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:  

  • History of Reggae
  • The Bass Clef
  • Bass Riffs
  • The 3-chord trick
  • Lyrical Structures
  • Lyrical Themes
  • Song writing
  • Music Technology

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Music in Advertising
  • Time Signatures
  • Keyboard Performance
  • Music in Computer Games
  • Horizontal resequencing
  • Linear Loops
  • Computer gamer loop composition

Key Content / Skills:  

  • Minimalism
  • Minimalist compositional techniques
  • Metamorphosis
  • Terry Riley’s “In C”
  • 20th Century Instrumental Developments
  • Musique Concrete
  • Music Concrete Composition

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

  • Historian
  • Community Arts
  • Musician
  • STEM Careers
  • Law

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Music Producer 
  • Composer 
  • Video Game development 
  • Broadcast Engineer 
  • Marketing/Advertising

Employability, Professionalism and Enterprise  (EPE) Links

  • Composer
  • ICT/Computing
  • Sound Engineer
  • Careers in Science
  • Technology

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