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Subject Overview

In Years 7 to 9 students follow a progressive course, which allows them to investigate a wide variety of musical styles whilst developing composing, performing, listening and appraising skills. All students are encouraged to develop vocal and instrumental skills, with a particular focus on using keyboards and student's own instruments.

They will use these developing skills to help them create, refine and perform music of their own and also of other composers. They will learn about styles from different history periods and different areas of the world and also different genres of music. The curriculum will explore a diverse range of musical styles and production techniques aimed at giving students a broad view into the world of music.

Music lessons will have an emphasis on independent learning and group music-making which will encourage students to take responsibility for their own work and develop transferable team skills which will be of value in other subjects and beyond the classroom. Students will regularly perform and participate in both peer and self-assessment, developing confidence as well as critical thinking and evaluative skills. Students will focus on the following topics:                                                                   

KS3 Year 7: Call and Response, Music and Atmosphere, Pentatonic Music, Musical Theme Tunes, Music for Advertising.

KS3 Year 8: Sequencing and Sound Effects, Music of India, Minimalism, Variations, Computer Music, Early Music.

KS3/4 Year 9: Songwriting, Blues and Jazz, Music for Film, World Music and Fusion, Rock and Roll, Composing with Technology, Creating Backing Tracks.

KS4 Year 10: Students follow the OCR Board GCSE course based on Listening, Composing and Performing.

There are four main Areas of Study:

  1. My Music – studying your own instrument or voice.
  2. Shared Music – focusing on the relationships between instruments.
  3. Dance Music – focusing on popular dance music styles from the past to modern Club Dance.
  4. Descriptive Music – music for story, mood, programme and film.

Students compose and perform solo and group pieces in different styles. They learn how to write briefs for composing and commentaries on their performances and they prepare a portfolio of their practical work.
KS4 Year 11: Most of the examination work is coursework based and will be assessed internally and then moderated externally. The Listening Exam is marked externally and contains questions on a variety of music extracts from the Areas of Study 2) 3) and 4).

Extra-Curricular Music

Students can learn to play a variety of musical instruments with the visiting instrumental tutors and there is the possibility of borrowing instruments from the Purbeck Instrumental Loan Scheme.

Opportunities will be available for participation in solo and choir singing, instrumental groups, bands and rock groups and concert events, both in school and in the local area.