Music - KS3

WHO’S WHO?

Progress Leader: Miss M. Whinnett/Mrs S. McKay
Teaching Staff: Mr J. Lyon
Instrumental teachers: Mrs Edgars, Miss Bennett, Mr Howard, Mr Bannister, Mrs Wright, Mrs Edwards
Link Governor: Mr P. Sharples

OUR AIMS

Up Holland High School offers students the opportunity to:

  • Explore the 3 disciplines of music; Performance (solo and ensemble), composition and listening skills through a range of genres and styles of music.
  • Enrich a love for Music through further development of instrumental and vocal skills; keyboard, ukulele, percussion, woodwind and vocal.
  • Embed prior learning into new concepts through the key skills, with added depth, independence and creativity.

YEAR 7



TERM
UNIT OF STUDY
KEY SKILLS / LEARNING
Autumn
Project 1: Keyboard and notation
Project 2: Finding your voice
• Understand how to read treble clef musical notation
• Piano skills including touch, control of two hands.
• Develop an understanding of musical elements through listening skills; texture, tempo, rhythm, dynamics
• Develop solo and ensemble performance skills
• Singing skills including pitch, intonation, control
Spring
Project 2: Instruments of the Orchestra part 1
Project 3: Instruments of the Orchestra part 2
• Understand the role of the orchestra and the sections
• Develop an understanding of rhythms
• Composition skills and working towards a brief – the role of the composer
• Developing control of woodwind instruments and performing as an ensemble
Summer
Project 4: Melody and accompaniment
Project 5: Ground bass and the Baroque
• Develop composition skills further; composing a melody and accompaniment
• Learn about tonality and harmonic devices
• Learn about further textural devices and structure.
• Develop historical context of the Baroque period.

YEAR 8



Autumn
4 chord songs
• Develop a further understanding of harmony and tonality; changing chords from major to minor, inversions.
• Explore structure and how to create your own arrangement.
• Develop technical control of the voice, keyboard and ukulele
• Develop ensemble skills
• Understand the role of performers in society and working towards a brief.
Spring
Writing a song for a special occasion
• Further exploration of harmony and tonality; creating your own chord sequence.
• Structure of pop music and development of musical ideas.
• Explore compositional devices for composing a melody
• Create a song to be used at a cultural, spiritual or social occasion to celebrate.
• Understand the significance music plays on Social, Cultural and Spiritual events.
Summer
Beethoven and the Classical Period
• Develop an understanding of musical notation; accidentals
• Develop technical control of the keyboard; playing the piano with two hands
• Learn about the cultural influences Classical music had on the ‘Age of Enlightenment’
• Learn about the life of Beethoven and his importance in the history of music.

YEAR 9



Autumn
Film Music
• Develop an understand of mood and atmosphere
• Create an atmospheric piece of music which uses devices
• Control of elements of music such as tempo, dynamics; developing ideas
• Further developing instrumental skills on percussion, keyboard, ukulele
• To embed the importance music has on the audience.
Spring
Reggae Music
• Embed ensemble skills as a band
• Embed technical control of voice, ukulele, guitar, keyboard, percussion
• Gain an understanding of rhythmic devices and stylistic features
• Understanding how Reggae music links with BLM and historical understanding of slavery in the Caribbean.
Summer
Musical Theatre
• Explore the role of the pit orchestra
• Develop a performance of a musical theatre piece as a pit orchestra
• Using relevant terminology to evaluate both own work & peers
• Embed ensemble skills and technical control of instruments/voice.

ENRICHMENT OPPORTUNITIES

Key stage 3 band, Key stage 4 band, Key stage 3 choir, Key stage 4 choir, songwriters club, keyboard club.
Instrumental lessons on the following disciplines; Piano, Percussion, Vocal, Brass, Woodwind, Guitar, Strings.

HOW TO SUPPORT YOUR CHILD'S LEARNING

Ask them what they think about specific performances? Why was it created? What instruments can you hear? What is happening to the dynamics in this piece? What is the tonality? What is the tempo? What period of music/ what is the style of music? To ask your child to perform a piece of music they have been learning or creating to develop confidence in their ability.
Encourage them to follow official profiles of the performers/plays/musicals they study on social media.

WHERE TO GO:

Visit concert locations (Liverpool Philharmonic/Bridgewater Hall Manchester) Orchestra’s Liverpool Philharmonic, Halle Orchestra, Manchester Camerata, RNCM for regular concerts throughout the week and weekend.

WHAT TO WATCH/LISTEN:

YouTube
Live Performances on YouTube
BBC Music
BBC Proms
Glastonbury
BBC 4
Black Classical Music: The Forgotten History
Spotify/ Apple Music:
Specific playlists for styles of music/famous artists and bands

WHAT TO READ:

The AB guide to music theory: Eric Taylor
Music Theory for Young Musicians

ONLINE:

Music Theory
Halle Orchestra
Liverpool Philharmonic Orchestra
Songwriters
The Beatles Story Museum
British Music Experience
BBC Bitesize Music 

FUTURE CAREERS:

Musician, Singer, Instrumentalist, Session Musician, Composer, Conductor, Orchestral Musician, Film composer, TV Composer, Video Game Composer, Army Musician, West End Performer, Music Producer, Music Therapist, Music Teacher, Sound Engineer, Special Effects Technician, Arts Administrator, Talent Agent, Music Journalist, Director, Copyright, Music Psychologist.

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Music Learning Journey

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Y10 created a virtual mind map in preparation for their interview with British stage and film actor @RobertEmms 🤓👍… https://t.co/XVQUJ4Jf4B
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Jan 25
Last week year 9 transported us to the Caribbean Island of Jamaica in our music project on Reggae. We were learning… https://t.co/t2LHyntxup
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What an amazing week we had last week! Year 8 were learning about structures in music, and started to arrange their… https://t.co/vj34hGwbFA
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