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Key Stage 3 Music

Music is studied as part of the National Curriculum in Years 7 & 8. You will study music drawn from a wide range of musical traditions through the interrelated skills of performing, composing, listening and appraising.

The titles of each project are listed below, in the order which they take place during the academic year, followed by a heading specifying the nature of the linked summative assessments. (The core skills being assessed are given in bold.)

Year 7

AUTUMN TERM: FOUNDATIONS

  • Elements of music
  • Handling pitch and rhythm

IPM Assessment 1: Notating rhythms

IPM Assessment 2: Performing from stave-notation

 

SPRING TERM: MUSICAL INVENTION

  • Motifs and phrases
  • Developing musical ideas

IPM Assessment 3: Constructing melodies (composing)

IPM Assessment 4: Free improvisation

 

SUMMER TERM: CONTRASTS

  • Music from around the world
  • Scales and modes

IPM Assessment 5: Describing contrast (listening & appraising)

IPM Assessment 6: Controlling musical expression (performing)

 

KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

This is a selection of key words which you will need to become acquainted with during the course of your studies in music:

  • Musical elements: pitch, dynamics, tempo, structure, timbre, rhythm, duration
  • Notation: clef, treble, bass, time signature, key signature, stave, bar, barline
  • Rhythmic values: semibreve, minim, crotchet, quaver, semiquaver
  • Instrumentation: flute, oboe, clarinet, bassoon, trumpet, trombone, tuba, French horn, violin, viola, (violon)cello, double bass, piano, organ, harpsichord, timpani, snare drum, cymbals, bass drum, wood block, triangle, tam-tam, xylophone, glockenspiel
  • Melody: contour, step, leap, interval, motif, phrase, angular, melismatic, syllabic, auxiliary notes, passing notes
  • Indonesian music: gamelan, kempul, kethuk, saron, kendang, kenong, slendro, pelog, balungan
  • Indian music: Carnatic tradition, raga, sitar, tambura, bansuri, sarod, alap, jhor, gat, tala
  • African music: djembe, balafon, chant, call-and-response, master drummer
  • Scales: tone,  semitone, sharp, flat, natural, chromatic, pentatonic, whole-tone, major, minor, keys, octave, tonic, dominant

YEAR 8

AUTUMN TERM: HARMONY

  • 12-bar blues
  • Working with triads

IPM Assessment 1: Improvising within fixed structures

IPM Assessment 2: Composing accompaniments

 

SPRING TERM: STYLE & GENRE

  • Music across history
  • Music for screen and stage

IPM Assessment 3: Performing with stylistic awareness

IPM Assessment 4: Composing to a brief

 

SUMMER TERM: TEXTURE & STRUCTURE

  • Samba
  • Arrangements and cover versions

IPM Assessment 5: Evaluating constrast (listening & appraising)

IPM Assessment 6: Reinterpreting music (arranging/composing)

 

KEY TERMS & CONCEPTS

This is a selection of key words which you will need in addition to those learned previously:

  • Blues: syncopation, chord, question and answer, blues scale/blue notes, 12-bar blues, primary triads, AAB form, work songs, spirituals, ragtime, fill, walking bass
  • Accompaniment: triads, ostinato, drone, pedal, bassline, block chords, broken chords, secondary triads, chord sequence
  • Harmony: major, minor, diminished, augmented, added 7th, consonance, dissonance
  • Style: renaissance, baroque, classical, romantic, impressionist, expressionist, neo-classical, nationalist, jazz, minimalist, experimental, rock, pop
  • Genre: dance, film, abstract, programme, absolute, overture, underscore, ballet, opera, oratorio, symphony, concerto
  • Samba: repinique, chocolo, reco-reco, agogo, apito, tamborim, surdo, caixa de guerro, sambista, polyrhythm
  • Texture: monophony, unison, homophony, heterophony, polyphony, contrapuntal, antiphony, countermelody, inverted
  • Structure: form, ternary, AABA, rondo, theme, ground bass, verse & chorus, introduction, bridge, middle-eight