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Music

Music is such a big part of many cultures. At Starbank, we introduce many different cultures and historical periods through the music composed and performed.

Many skills are gained by studying music at a young age that are invaluable to a child’s development into adulthood. Not only are social skills developed but others too:

  • Creative Thinking
  • Problem Solving
  • Responsibility & Dependability
  • Collaboration & Working Effectively with Others
  • Time Management

Students use a range of instruments and a range of computer software to both perform and compose music.

By studying music at Starbank, students are prepared for their future whether or not they join the industry.

Why study Music?

The Department for Education says ‘quality music education helps improve concentration, behaviour, numeracy and language.’ It is a universal language understood by people of every culture. We believe that every student should experience the joy of musical discovery.

Studying Music allows pupils to express themselves in a positive, creative manner and gives them the opportunity to explore different music styles from different cultures/ time periods. Schemes of work are planned to enable pupils to explore their creativity through composing, appraising and performing.

Pupils are encouraged to build their self-confidence through sharing their work during lessons and through wider opportunities such as assemblies.

How would I learn?

Pupils have the opportunity to learn many new things in music. Year 7 and 8 will be able to learn different techniques on how to perform on a piano and how to compose with them.

We have a top of the range iMac suite with programs that allow pupils to compose and record their own music.

To get ahead in music, there are many extra-curricular clubs for pupils to join and many private music lessons to engage with. Pupils can learn Singing, Violin, Woodwind, Brass, Guitar, DJing, Piano, Drums and Dhol.

Music Curriculum Map

Year 7

Autumn 1
Baseline and Instruments of the orchestra. (Ode to Joy Performance)
Autumn 2
The Elements of Music and the symphonic suite of Harry Potter. (Hedwig’s Theme Performance)
Spring 1
Samba Music. (Instrument analysis and class performance)
Spring 2
Notation and Keyboard Orchestra. (Composition)
Summer 1
Film Music 1. (Appraisal and Enterprising Young Men performance)
Summer 2
Film Music 2. (Appraisal and how to compose a melody/ Leitmotif Composition)

Year 8

Autumn 1
Form and Structure (appraisal, Twinkle Twinkle Variations performance and composition)
Autumn 2
Horror Music. (Appraisal and composition)
Spring 1
Reggae Music (appraisal and Three Little Birds performance)
Spring 2
Theme and Variation (Appraisal and Pachelbel’s Canon Class, Keyboard Orchestra)
Summer 1
Songwriting and Arranging (performing and appraisal)
Summer 2
Songwriting; composing a melody, lyrics and harmony. (Composition and Performance)

Year 9

Autumn 1
Music Theory. Students work through ABRSM theory books (Grade 1-3). Assessment: theory test.
Autumn 2
Elements of Music recap/ MADTSHIRTS. What is expected for appraisals? Assessment: solo Performance to GCSE spec.
Spring 1
AOS3- Film Music. Students have a range of composition tasks linked to the spec as well as performance tasks. Assessment: exam style question.
Spring 2
AOS4- POPULAR MUSIC and Fusion. Students will work on chord shapes and additional chord types e.g. seventh chords and inversions Assessment: Composition task and ensemble performance to GCSE spec.
Summer 1
AOS1- Musical devices used in classical compositions. Students will learn about techniques used in different eras of classical music and will compare the usage in each era. Assessment: Exam style question.
Summer 2
AOS2- Music for ensemble. Students will link this unit to the devices they have already studied in the previous unit. Assessment: Mock exam on areas covered and Final performance to class for year 9 performance grade.

Year 10

Autumn 1
Music Theory 2 and Composition Tutorial. Students will spend each lesson learning about the different elements of creating a composition and will have a go at using them in short compositions of different styles. They will also continue to work through music theory to support this Assessment: Theory test 2
Autumn 2
Composition coursework- students will use this lesson time to ensure they pick a style of music that they are going to compose and work on replicating key features in their own composition. Assessment: Composition check-up (preliminary grade). Solo Performance
Spring 1
Revision and Recap on AOS 3. Clearing up any missing information on this areas of study. More in depth analysis using additional information learned from composition unit. How to answer the big mark question. Coursework mop up. Assessment- Final composition grade and mock exam question.
Spring 2
Revision and Recap on AOS 4. Clearing up any missing information on this areas of study. More in depth analysis using additional information learned from composition unit. Assessment: Ensemble performance- marked at GCSE Spec.
Summer 1
Set work Analysis- Africa. Students not only complete a class performance of this piece of music, but analyse the score and structure of the song. Assessment: Students will be assessed on their role in the performance Mock Exam Question
Summer 2
Set work Analysis- Badineire. Students not only complete a class performance of this piece of music, but analyse the score and structure of the song. Assessment: Students will be assessed on their role in the performance Mock Exam Question

Year 11

Autumn 1
Free composition c/w Set work analysis- since you’ve been gone and Eine Kleine Nachtmusik. Students not only complete a class performance of these pieces of music, but analyse the score and structure of each songs. Assessment: Students will be assessed on their role in the performances Mock Exam Question.
Autumn 2
Free composition c/w Revision on AOS 1 &2- deeper analysis into pieces of music from eras and devices used. Clearing up any missing information on this areas of study. More in depth analysis using additional information learned from compositions. Assessment: Exam Questions
Spring 1
Performance Coursework and Exam Prep- Mock exams. Students will begin finalising their final solo performance and work on rehearsal skills with their peripatetic music teacher. Assessment: Solo Performance grade and Mock Exam.
Spring 2
Performance Coursework and Exam Prep Teacher will work through mock exam papers to support any gaps in knowledge to help students succeed in final exam. Students will begin finalising their final ensemble performance and work on rehearsal skills with their peripatetic music teacher. Assessment: ensemble Performance grade
Summer 1
Coursework and Exam Prep Deadline for coursework- May Students will be working on boosting grades for coursework (both composition and performance). Exam revision using learning mats and in class analysis.
Summer 2

Key Subject Facts

Exam Board:

Eduqas

Course Makeup:

  • Exam 40% 40%
  • Coursework 60% 60%

Exam Structure:

  • 1 appraisal paper

Useful Website Links:

Music Theory.net – https://www.musictheory.net – Extra support for the fine details of music theory. An excellent revision tool for students for GCSE exams.

BBC Bitesize – https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpf3cdm – Detailed revision support for different AOS within GCSE music.

Recommended Revision Guides:

My Revision Notes: OCR GCSE (9-1) PE 2nd Edition
Name:

WJEC/Eduqas GCSE Music Revision Guide

Author:

Jan Richards

Available from School Office:
No
The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1
Name:

The AB Guide to Music Theory Vol 1

Author:
Eric Taylor
Available from School Office:
No

Extra Curricular Activities:

  • Peripatetic Music Lessons during and after school

Contact Music Department

Please use the form below to contact the Music department or alternatively please email music_info@starbank.staracademies.org

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