Music

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Subject Intent

‘A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity, and sense of achievement’

National Curriculum for Secondary Music.

At Jarrow School, we aim to provide a music curriculum that will enable each student to reach their full potential in music, encourage students to enjoy performing and composing, and allow them to perform in front of an audience both within and outside of school.

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, we aim to encourage all students to;

  • Understand how music is created, produced, and communicated
  • Perform, listen to, review, and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, styles, and traditions
  • Create and compose music individually and as part of a group
  • Learn a musical instrument in the classroom, through peripatetic lessons and extra-curricular activities
  • Use music technology and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students’ study BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Award in Music. This course encourages students to engage with music as an industry and develop a range of practical and technical skills.

The aim of this course is to:

  • Give students the opportunity to link education and the world of work
  • Support student’s development of transferable skills, including working with others, problem-solving, independent study and personal, learning and thinking skills
  • Give students a route through education that has clear progression pathways to further study

Within the course, students’ study FOUR modules of work. The units studied are:

Unit 1 – The Music Industry (Core)

This unit enables students to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry. Students investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do. Students are also given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in these organisations, from performers to technical, production, and administrative roles.

Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product (Core)

This unit enables students to manage the planning, delivery, and promotion of a live concert. Students work in a defined role to apply the specialist skills, knowledge, and understanding of the work for which they are responsible. Students are required to work with others as well as achieve their personal goals.

Unit 4 – Introducing Music Composition (Optional)

This unit is about the creation of music. Students are encouraged to find their own creative routes through the compositional process by creating music for television adverts.

Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance (Optional)

In this unit, students explore skills and make decisions as they prepare for performance. Planning and practising are both vital parts of successful performance and students should demonstrate they are able to plan their preparation time.

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 7

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Basic Musicianship part 1a

Basic Musicianship part 1b

The History of Music - Medieval

Christmas Music

Pentatonic Composition

Instruments of the Orchestra and Bands

Instruments of the Orchestra and Bands continued

The History of Music - Renaissance

Basic Musicianship Part 2

Programme Music

Keyboard

 

Year 8

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Basic Musicianship Part 3

Musical Form – Binary and Ternary Form

The History of Music - Baroque

Christmas Music

Music in the Media – Radio Advertising

The History of Music – Classical

World Music Part 1 – The music of Africa and India

The History of Music - Romantic

World Music Part 2 – The music of China and Japan

Keyboard Skills

 

Year 9

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Keyboard Skills

Popular Music in the 20th Century – Blues and Jazz

Ensemble Performing – Takin’ it Easy

Christmas Music

Film Music

Folk Music – Music of the British Isles

The History of Music - Modern

Musical Form Part 2

Keyboard/Ensemble performing

 

Key Stage 4 Overview

Year 10
BTEC Tech Award Level 1/2 in Music Practice

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

Component 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles

Learning Aim A Demonstrate an understanding of styles of music

Component 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles

Learning Aim B 
Apply understanding of the use of techniques to create music

Component 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles

Responding to a brief

Component 1 Exploring Music Products and Styles

Responding to a brief

Component 2 Music Skills Development

Learning Aim A Demonstrate professional and commercial skills for the music industry

Component 2 Music Skills Development

Learning Aim A continued Demonstrate professional and commercial skills for the music industry

 

Year 11
BTEC Level 1/2 First Award in Music

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6

UNIT 5 – Introducing Music Performance

Learning Aim A
Develop your music performance skills and review your own practice

UNIT 5 – Introducing Music Performance

Learning Aim B
Use your music performance skills within rehearsal and performance

UNIT 5 – Introducing Music Performance

Learning Aim B Final performance of two pieces to an audience

UNIT 4 – Introducing Music Composition

Learning Aim A Explore creative stimuli to meet a brief

Learning Aim B Develop, extend and shape music for performances

UNIT 4 – Introducing Music Composition

Learning Aim C Presentation of compositions

Revision/Intervention

 

Additional Curriculum Information

The Music Department has an inclusive ethos and the department encourages all students to realise their potential and every effort is made to help students fully develop this.

The Music Department recognises that some children have a talent and to fully develop this they may require assistance over and above the normal provision. Schemes of Work are regularly adapted to ensure sufficient stretch for our most able students and support for our less able students.

The Music Department offers the following provision to all students:

  • Opportunity to receive peripatetic music lessons. Additional peripatetic staff are employed and any student who displays an interest will be given this opportunity
  • Opportunity to lead/demonstrate during lessons
  • Development of independent study
  • Development of ICT within the department (Sibelius/FL Studio for composition)
  • More advanced performing work for instrumentalists in classroom music lessons
  • Open house policy - students can use the practice rooms before and after school
  • Regular performances both in school and in the local community
  • Wide range of extra-curricular activities
  • Regular entry into Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music practical examinations
  • Regular entry into Rockschool examinations for guitarists, drummers, and vocalists
  • Use of professional musicians to showcase music

Assessment – Impact

Key Stage 3 

Music assessment is ongoing to inform teachers with their planning, lesson activities, and differentiation. Summative assessment is completed every rotation to inform teachers of the improvements or skills that still need to be embedded. Music is monitored throughout all year groups using a variety of strategies such as work scrutiny, lesson observations, and pupil interviews.

Key Stage 4

Students complete assignments throughout the course. Staff mark these and provide feedback as to how students are getting on. Assessment for Unit 1 is completed externally. An overall grade is calculated based on achievement in all four units. This is worked out using a point score.

Homework

Homework is set as and when required in music. This may take the form of a research task, listening to styles of music, or revision. At Key Stage 4 students are required to rehearse their chosen instrument regularly.

Beyond the curriculum

The Music Department works closely with peripatetic members of staff to help provide students with an enjoyable musical experience. Currently, there are 5 peripatetic members of staff working in the department:

P. Bell – Drum Kit
R. Johnson – Guitar
C. Freeman – Woodwind
A. Nyberg – Strings
S. Lane – Cello
J. Winter – Piano

A number of students participate in the lessons provided (approximately 55 students). These lessons operate on a rotating timetable to ensure students do not miss other timetabled lessons regularly.

The Music Department also offers students a wide range of extra-curricular activities. At present, the department offers students the opportunity to participate in Steel Band, String Orchestra, Singing Group, and a Music Technology Club.

Career paths are regularly discussed in music and professional musicians including past students have been used to encourage students to follow a career path within the industry.

Literacy & Subject Specific Vocabulary

Literacy is included in the music curriculum where applicable. Keywords are displayed in every lesson to familiarise students with music vocabulary. Information worksheets are used regularly to reinforce subject-specific words.

The Word of the week is visible to students in the classroom and used in lessons when applicable.

Unit 2: 20th Century Depth Studies

Section A The Roaring 20s: USA 1919-1929

Section B Depression and the New Deal: The USA, 1929-1941

Section C War in Vietnam, 1964-1975

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