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Music

Head of Department

Ms Singleton
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)

The music curriculum at Ks3 allows students to develop their skills across the three main principals of composing, performing and listening, within a wide range of musical contexts and styles.  Students will complete practical tasks on various instruments including percussion, keyboards, djembe drums and ukuleles, and will also have access to music technology on our Apple Mac computers.  Although there is a strong focus on performance skills, students will also learn key music theory, develop their knowledge of the elements of music and be exposed to diverse genres from around the world.

Year 7

Year 7 begin by learning music notation, so they can read, write and play rhythms using body percussion and real percussion instruments.  They then move on to reading treble stave notation, and writing their own melodies on keyboards.  Later in the year students explore the music of Western Africa, learning about typical features, singing West African songs and practising djembe drumming.  Then they will discover how the elements of music can be used to create mood in music in a topic on Variations, and finally look at what makes a good pop song, learning to play songs on keyboards and ukuleles.

 

Year 8

Year 8 develop the theoretical knowledge gained in Year 7, focusing on major and minor chords and composing chord sequences to accompany a melody.  They study Blues music, its origins and features and practise performing key elements of Blues.  Using their understanding of elements of music from Year 7, they will examine how mood and tension is created in film music and create their own film trailer music using music technology. In the final term Year 8 look at fusions of different styles of music, including samba and reggae.


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 Year 7 and 8 Choir and small ensembles.  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).