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Oldbury, West Midlands B68 9PA

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Bristnall Hall Academy, Bristnall Hall Lane, Oldbury, West Midlands, B68 9PA

Subject Leader: Mrs S. Westwood

Spiritual Spiritual education in Music is encouraged through the experience and emotion of response to the creative process. Through a sensual approach to feeling, seeing and hearing pupils respond creatively themselves. We aim to nurture feelings, enhance moods and enable pupils to reflect.

Moral Moral education in Music, involves pupils expressing their own response to moral dilemmas and emotions. They can appreciate the work of practitioners in expressing unfairness, injustice and in celebrating the victory of good over evil. Encouraging critical discussion in response to challenging music will be an integral process in learning and development.

Social Problem solving skills and teamwork are fundamental to Music, through creative thinking, discussion, explaining and presenting music. Students are always encouraged to develop their musical skills, communicating with others and explaining responses to each other. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable pupils to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve. Working together in pairs or groups and supporting others is a key part of Music lessons.

Cultural Cultural education in Music involves students developing appreciation of music drawn from a wide variety of traditions with a diversity of genres, forms and purposes. Pupils have an opportunity to explore aspects of their own culture and begin to recognise, and appreciate, differences in music, from different times and places.

BHA Skills and Attributes Development

Music is fundamental for confidence, teamwork and building mutual respect during ensemble, composition and performances. Students build skills including; timing, sociability, listening and problem solving. Encouraging students to be thinkers and a good communicators in Music. Motivating creativity in Performing and composing.

 

More Able Students:

High ability students are encouraged to perform in Words and Music and Christmas concerts amongst other shows. More able students attend extra-curricular activities based on sessions that are focused on high ability notation on the listening paper and how to improve on areas of study with maximum effect.

 

Enrichment Opportunities

Students at BHA can attend a wide range of enrichment activities including:

  • Keyboard club- (all years)– learning set keyboard pieces from the ABRSM Piano/Keyboard syllabus
  • Guitar Club- (all years)– group performances/notation skills
  • Vocal Group- (all years) – group performances with lead vocalists covering a wide range of genres.
  • Ukulele group- (years 7-9)– simplistic notation/ Uke techniques and chords
  • Theory and Listening- (years 10-11) – Bridging the gap for notation, areas of study missed including one to one help with homework/ revision.

 

Key Stage 3

Year 7 schemes of work Autumn Term Rhythm and pulse – the use of music notation and how rhythms are constructed. Percussion instrument studies – how different percussion instruments are played the different types of percussion instruments in different countries around the world. Keyboard skills and basic notation – students to be able to locate notes on the keyboard as well as reading simple music notation from sheet music and performing a variety of repertoire to an audience.

Spring Term Singing and Notation – students to learn about vocal warm-ups and how to sing safely in small groups, Vocal skills – how the voice works and different styles of singing, Reggae – history of Reggae and famous performers and reggae rhythms, notation – Develop knowledge of musical notes and rhythms, musical elements – Students will understand the different musical elements and how they can be used when performing. Students learning to develop Music notation skills including notations on a stave.

Summer Term Instruments of the Orchestra and Keyboard – different instruments within the Orchestra and how they are played. Students will understand the layout of the Orchestra and where the instrumental families sit. Timbre – The different sounds that instruments make and how they are identified, Notation – an in depth look into musical notes and music on the stave, musical terminology – students will develop their knowledge and understanding of key words used in their music lessons. Keyboard study- Oom Pa Pa.

Additional reading: ABRSM guide to grade 1 Music Theory.

How parents can support: working through theory activities in the book, testing knowledge, practising rhythm at home.

Year 8 Schemes of work Autumn Term Blues music – famous performers, Blues history – where the music originated and instruments typically heard in this style of music, Ukulele – Structure of the instrument, how to tune a Ukulele, famous Ukulele performers, reading TAB, chords.

Spring Term Ukulele and singing- Students to develop skills on the Ukulele by learning basic riffs, Uke notation and folk songs. Whole class performances/ small group performances.

Summer Term

Film music – types of film genres, famous film composers and how the musical elements are used to create music for film, composition skills – How to create your own music for film, looking at structure, musical elements and performance skills.

 

Additional reading: ABRSM guide to grade 2/3 Music Theory.

How parents can support: working through theory activities in the book, testing knowledge, encouraging singing and listening to a wide range of genres in Music.

 

 

 

Year 9 schemes of work Autumn Term

Guitars- looking at the structure, genres and history of the Guitar. Learning Guitar notation and how to write them. Learning chords, strumming and plucking techniques. Students to

Perform as part of small groups and whole class.

Spring Term Musicals- Students to learn about the history of Musicals, writing about key features and terminology. Analysing a musical using musical elements and key descriptive words. Composing to a scene of a Musical in small groups.

Summer Term Solo Performance and Music Theory – Notation, rhythm, music terminology. Performance styles – selecting a suitable performance piece to show musical ability, performance skills – how to perform to an audience. Using GCSE marking criteria to peer and self-assess performances.

Additional reading: ABRSM guide to grade 4/5 Music Theory.

How parents can support: working through theory activities in the book, testing knowledge, listening to a wide range of genres in Music. Encouraging performing on an instrument or voice, helping build confidence.

 

 

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music

Year 10 Autumn Term Advanced music theory – reading notation, rhythms, adding to music key words, Music history (1600-present), Performance skills – Researching repertoire for GCSE performance and composition.

Spring Term Area of study 3 – Dance Music (listening) Students will begin to gain knowledge of dance music from several decades and identify key features. Preparation for Performance 1 (solo), Composition techniques.

Summer Term Recording of Solo performance, Area of study 4- Film and descriptive Music. Composition 1 recording, Area of study 2 – Shared Music (listening exam preparation).

 

Additional reading: OCR GCSE guide to Music.

How parents can support: working through theory activities in the revision guide, testing knowledge, listening to a wide range of genres in Music. Encouraging notation at home. Helping to build confidence with practical performances.

 

Year 11 Autumn Term Area of study 3- Shared music (recap). Performance 2 practice (ensemble) students are required to perform as part of a small group. Creative task practice.

Spring Term Performance 2 – recording of ensemble piece, Area of study 2,3 and 4 recap. Composition 2 using music technology and creative task practice.

Summer Term Revision of Area of study 2, 3 and 4 in preparation for listening exam.

Additional reading: OCR GCSE guide to Music.

How parents can support: working through theory activities in the revision guide, testing knowledge, listening to a wide range of genres in Music. Encouraging notation at home. Helping to build confidence with practical performances.

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