This is a map to show the learning journey in Music from year 6 through to further education and possible careers.
Overview of the learning journey in Music
We start our musical journey by going back to the beginning. We learn key musical elements such as Pitch, Dynamics and Tempo. As a class we will look at different kinds of notation for example, Graphic scores and Classical notation, this also includes starting to explore music technology. Once we have gained the key basic knowledge we start to put it into practice on the keyboards, where pupils will learn easy tunes at their own pace. We then travel back in time to the Baroque period and discover some great musical composers and their works as well as looking at the history of music and society. Following the Baroque unit, we head back to the iMacs and learn the classic Bill Withers song, Lean on Me. We finish the year by traveling to Indonesia and studying the Gamelan via the Xylophones.
In year 8 we study more in depth musical elements such as form and structure, looking at Binary, Rondo and Ternary form. Pupils use their existing composition skills to compose small pieces of music and play as part of an ensemble. Again, we go back in time but this time to the Classical period to look at musical composers and how society has changed from the Baroque period. All the time pupils are retrieving previously learnt knowledge, developing it to build the bigger picture. After Christmas, we look at Film Music and develop our keyboard skills by learning Fur Elise. In the Summer term we go back overseas to Africa to study African drumming and the Blues, finishing with a pop song on the guitars.
Year 9 is introduced through Bhangra and Fusion music, followed by keyboard skills. All the time pupils are developing their existing skills and learning more information about the history of music and how music has developed into what we hear today. We study a unit called ‘Pop Thief’ where classical music is taken and remixed with a modern twist. We finish the year 9 journey with Musicals and a Music Tech unit on Video Game music.
During year ten pupils deepen their composition, listening and performance skills ready to complete coursework. We explore different musical periods, musical devices and elements. We examine the set pieces, using our existing knowledge to identify forms and structure, instruments, styles and texture. We also look at music theory in more detail, covering aspects like keys, modulation, intervals and harmony. We set time aside to perform in groups, and individually so pupils have choices when they choose their ensemble and solo pieces.
Pupils complete two compositions (one to a brief, written by the exam board and one in a style of their choice). Two performances are also required (one solo and one as part of an ensemble, normally taking a harmonised or accompaniment part). Pupils draw on all their existing knowledge to create their coursework and continue to develop listening and exam skills throughout the year.
Knowledge Organisers for GCSEs
These are the knowledge organiser used by students in lessons to support the learning and retrieval of key information.