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This project will introduce you to the vocabulary you need for music.
You will work at the keyboard to perform part of a piece of music in time with other people. This will help you to develop your inner ear and become a better musician.
You will learn to play the chord sequence to the song Passenger. When you've achieved this, you'll also learn to play the melody and will even get the chance to sing along.
Using Garageband you will find out how to compose a piece of music using very small musical ideas, similar to the music of Steve Reich, Terry Riley and Philip Glass.
You will return to the ukulele, building on the skills you learnt in Year 7. This time you'll learn the Blues Scale and how to improvise, whilst also performing a melody in time with a group.
You will learn how to compose music using 'The Four Chord Trick'. You will think of original ideas and then find ways to vary them using the musical elements and other devices.
Using Garageband you will compose a piece of music which matches a film clip. You will consider how composers use the musical elements to create different emotions and match the action of different scenes.
The Blues had a profound effect on much popular music. Teaching you about it will help you to further your understanding of the music you like. You will learn the 12 Bar Blues and The Blues Scale and when then start to structure your own improvised piece.
The final project at Key Stage 3 is in performing. You will be given a range of pieces to choose from and you will think about how you can learn to play them accurately, fluently and with expression. You will also consider how you work as part of a group.
In Year 10 students study performance, composition and appraising. If they follow the GCSE Pathway they will study the Edexcel specification for which they will have to perform two pieces, one as a soloist and one as part of a group (30%), compose two pieces, one to a brief and one free choice (30%) and learn about different pieces of music which are set by the exam board (40%). Students on the BTEC Pathway also study composition and performance, but learn about the music industry instead of studying set works.
In Year 11 students study performance, composition and appraising. If they follow the GCSE Pathway they will study the OCR specification for which they will have to perform a piece and then compose their own as a response to it, complete a creative task where they compose a piece of music using an idea given by the exam board, perform as part of a group and sit a listening exam based around areas of study set by the exam board. Students on the BTEC Pathway also study composition and performance, but learn about the music industry instead of learning about the areas of study.
OCR GCSE Music
If you would like any further information about the curriculum in music, please email Simon Larner (Curriculum Leader for Music)