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Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Cardinal Pole Catholic School

Music

Head of Department

Christopher Maxim
enquiries@cardinalpole.co.uk 

Subject Overview:

The music curriculum gives students the opportunity to develop skills in performing, composing, analysing and understanding a variety of different musical styles, genres and traditions. Students have access to a range of instruments and a dedicated Mac Suite. The department also offers instrumental tuition and runs extra-curricular activities.

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

Musical Notation 1

  • Learning to read/play from
    simple stave notation
  • Developing performing skills.


Musical Notation 2

  • Learning to read/play and compose using simple stave notation
  • Developing performing and composing skills.

Key Stage 4 (Years 9-11)

Year 9 - Spring 1: AOS 3

  • Blues music from 1920-1950.
  • Fusion music incorporating
    African/Caribbean music.
  • Contemporary Latin music.
  • Contemporary folk music of British
    Isles.
  • Performing Studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • (Solo performing with appraisals
    in class).
  • Composition ‘shorts’.

Spring 2: AOS 3

Detailed study of three tracks
from Supernatural (Santana):

  • Love of my life
  • Smooth
  • Migra
  • Performing studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • (Solo performing with appraisals
    in class).
  • Composition ‘shorts’.

Summer 1: AOS 2

  • Music of Broadway 1950s-1990s.
  • Rock Music of 1960s and 1970s.
  • Film and computer gaming music
    1990s to present.
  • Pop music 1990s to present.
  • Performing studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • Preparation of Ensemble performances.
  • Composition ‘shorts’.

Summer 2: AOS 4

  • Orchestral music of Copeland.
  • British music: Arnold, Britten,
    Maxwell– Davies and Tavener.
  • Orchestral music of Kodaly and
    Bartok.
  • Minimalist music of Adams, Reich
    and Riley.
  • Performing studies with instrumental teachers.
  • Preparation of Ensemble performances.
  • Composition ‘shorts’.

Year 10 : Spring 1: AOS 3

  • Blues music from 1920-1950.
  • Fusion music incorporating
    African/Caribbean music.
  • Contemporary Latin music.
  • Contemporary folk music of British
    Isles.
  • Performing Studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • (Solo performing with appraisals
    in class).
  • ‘Free’ composition 1.

Spring 2: AOS 3

Detailed study of three tracks
from Supernatural (Santana):

  • Love of my life
  • Smooth
  • Migra
  • Performing studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • (Solo performing with appraisals
    in class).
  • Performing studies with
    instrumental teachers
  • (Solo performances with
    appraisals in class).
  • ‘Free’ composition 1.

Summer 1: AOS 2

 

  • Music of Broadway 1950s-1990s.
  • Rock Music of 1960s and 1970s.
  • Film and computer gaming music
    1990s to present.
  • Pop music 1990s to present.
  • Performing studies with
    instrumental teachers.
  • Preparation of Ensemble performances.
  • ‘Free’ composition 2.

Summer 2: AOS 4


· Orchestral music of Copeland.
· British music: Arnold, Britten,
Maxwell-Davies and Tavener.
· Orchestral music of Kodaly and
Bartok.
· Minimalist music of Adams, Reich
and Riley.
· Performing studies with
instrumental teachers.
· Preparation of Ensemble
performances.
· ‘Free’ composition 2


Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form, Years 12-13)

Key Stage 5 (Sixth Form, Years 12-13)

Musical 6th Formers are welcome and encouraged to participate in the life of the Music Department. 

Extra curricular activities

The department runs a number of ensembles and clubs including Junior Choir, School Orchestra, Senior Vocal Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble and Drumming Ensemble.  The department is available most days at lunchtime and after school for GCSE students to work on their performances and compositions.  Specialist instrumental/signing tuition is given by a team of peripatetic music teachers.  These lessons take place during normal curriculum time.  The lessons are heavily subsidised by the school, but parents/carers are required to make a contribution (currently £30 per term, payable in advance).