The Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum at KAA has been designed to encompass elements of the GCSE Music syllabus, allowing our musicians to be immersed in ‘junior versions’ of advanced musical concepts and disciplined forms of thinking. Working back from the key content that students need to be able to achieve the highest grade at A Level and in turn the key content that students need to achieve the highest grade at GCSE. From this it is possible to identify what a student needs to be able to do by the end of each year, starting from year 7, in order to reach this end point and achieve the highest grades at GCSE and A Level.
The music curriculum at KAA explores the key concepts of music, focusing on rhythm, melody, harmony, pitch, dynamics, texture, tempo, timbre and structure, through the skills of performing, composing and listening. A deep understanding of these concepts are essential in order to achieve excellence in GCSE and A-Level Music. We believe that our programme of study will develop confident and musically articulate musicians, who possess the desire to become excellent at everything they do.
The entire Music curriculum has been designed, and is structured around a series of ‘fertile questions’ which explore over a period of lessons. In year 7 pupils start by developing their singing skills and their understanding of the musical elements. They also undertake a project on the keyboards, learning two-handed technique as well as an introduction to Music Technology in the Summer Term.
In Year 8, pupils build on the knowledge and skills they developed in year 7 and start to undertake more challenging and thought-provoking fertile questions. In year 8 pupils undertake projects on the keyboard, in small and large groups, an African drumming project and a composition/ arranging project using Music Technology through the concept on Minimalism in the Summer Term.
The year 9 music curriculum will follow the topics outlined below:
Students sit a practical music assessment at the end of each term.
Students are not set homework on a formal basis in music although homework can be set occasionally at the discretion of the teacher. As musicians, we are always looking to further develop and refine our performance skills, and we encourage all pupils to practice at least 3 times a week (30 minute sessions). The music area on KAA Online includes website links, videos, worksheets and other resources to support practice for each fertile question.
Pupils will be able to apply for Instrumental lessons on a wide range of instruments starting after October half term. Details of this are sent home to parents by letter. If you interested in instrumental lessons please contact our Lead Teacher of Music, Mr Rigby.
Mr Fisher – Head of Music
Mr Rigby – Lead Teacher of Music