Music

Course Overview: Music

The Music Curriculum at Cardinal Allen Catholic High School enables pupils to perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions. Pupils will build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. Pupils are taught how to play and perform using their voices and by learning the basics of a wide range of classroom instruments. They also learn to improvise and compose as well as to listen to music critically with an awareness of context. The varied nature of the course enables students to develop highly-desirable skills in areas such as self-management, teamwork, problem-solving, and communication.

Each week the department is visited by six peripatetic instrumental teachers and we have a varied and dynamic extra-curricular programme. We currently offer extra music tuition in piano, strings, woodwind, brass, drum-kit, guitar and vocals. Please contact the music department for further details on musical tuition.

Year 7

Half Term 1

Bridging Unit

Pupils explore the elements of music through a series of listening and composition tasks. Pupils work in groups to develop their group work skills and create a composition based on Mussorgsky’s ‘Pictures at an Exhibition’.

Half Term 2

Keyboards

Pupils start with the basics of reading music notation and applying it on the keyboards. Pupils progress at their own rate through a series of interactive tasks. For those with previous piano or keyboard skills, a differentiated keyboard course is followed to allow further progress.

Half Term 3

Instruments of the Orchestra

Pupils explore the instruments of the orchestra and develop their listening skills through a series of practical and appraising tasks.

Half Term 4

The Voice

Pupils explore how the voice works through a series of vocal exercises and practical group tasks.

Music and the Film

Pupils are introduced to film music and compose music to reflect different atmospheres.

Half Term 5

Song Writing

Pupils look at lyric writing and how to successfully compose a melody in a popular style. Some groups will go on to look at harmony and the exploiting the use of the voice as an instrument.

Half Term 6

Ukulele

Pupils will begin by learning basic chords as a whole class before working on a simple vocal and ukulele group performance.

Year 8

Half Term 1

World Music

Pupils will explore music from around the world to include a focus on music from Japan. Pupils will appraise, compose and perform in several different musical styles to include gamelan, African drumming, Samba and music from Japan.

Half Term 2

Blues

Pupils will be studying Blues music and develop their historical understanding, notation reading and keyboard skills. They will start to understand how chords are made up and apply their skills in paired group work which will also include an element of composition through improvisation.

Half Term 3

Music and the Media

Pupils will learn about the importance of music in films and how it is created. There will be relevant links to demonstrate the growth of the creative industries in the UK.

Pupils will compose music to create different atmospheres in films.

Pupils will look at the development in gaming music and compose music in the genre.

Electronic Dance Music

Pupils will look at the development of this genre though time. They will use music software to create their own dance track.

Half Term 4

Ukulele Revisited (3 weeks)

Pupils will learn how to read ukulele tab and work on RockSchool Ukulele debut grade up to grade 3 dependant on ability.

Band Work 1

Pupils will be following the Musical Futures ‘Rock Bands’ project. They will learn how to play the basics of all rock instruments before coming together in groups to create their version of a simple rock song.

Half Term 5

Band Work 1 continued

Pupils will be following the Musical Futures ‘Rock Bands’ project. They will learn how to play the basics of all rock instruments before coming together in groups to create their version of a simple rock song.

Half Term 6

Bridging Unit to GCSE

Pupils will work on a final project. This can be working as either a performer or a producer. They may choose to continue their band project, to do a solo performance or to work as a music producer to create a sequenced performance.


Course Overview: Music

Pupils follow the EDUQAS syllabus at GCSE level. Pupils may receive instrumental tuition on up to two instruments. The course is 60% coursework with a final written exam which is worth 40% of the course.

Year 9

Half Term 1

Bridging Unit

Practical:

Pupils will be working in groups to produce band performances taking them through different eras from the 1950s to the 1980s..

Theory:

Pupils will be working on ABRSM grade 1 theory. Those who have already achieved that standard will work at a higher level to suit their needs.

Half Term 2

Practical:

Pupils will continue to work in their bands to look at music of different eras in their bands from the 1990s to present day.

Theory:

Pupils will continue to work on their theory and will also develop their listening skills in music with a focus on breaking down the elements of music.

Composition:

Pupils will work with chords to produce a band composition.

Half Term 3

Composition:

Pupils will look at melody writing and create simple 8 bar melodies in a classical style. They will add chords to this and perform these.

Listening and Theory:

Pupils will have a focus on Instruments of the Orchestra and identifying these.

Half Term 4

Solo Performance:

Pupils will work on their solo performances.

Theory and Listening:

Pupils will continue their theory work and start on GCSE style listening questions.

Half Term 5

Ensemble Performance:

Pupils will be working on their ensemble performances.

Composition:

Pupils will start on their first extended composition to a set brief.

Half Term 6

Preparation for the Summer Showcase:

Pupils will be in rehearsals for their first public performances.

Composition:

Pupils will continue their work on their extended composition.

Year 11

Half Term 1

Composition:

Pupils will start on their brief composition as set by the exam board. Students will complete Composition 1 (15% of final grade)

Performance 1:

Pupils will record their solo performance at the end of the term. (15% of final grade)

Listening and Appraising:

Pupils will be studying their first set work as well as general listening.

Half Term 2

Composition:

Pupils will complete their brief compositions (15% of final grade).

Performance 2:

Pupils will record their ensemble performances (15% of final grade).

Half Term 3

Composition:

Recording of final compositions. Write up of composition logs.

Listening and Appraising:

Set work no.2 and general listening.

Half Term 4

Listening and appraising:

General listening with a focus on the elements of music and GCSE style questions.

Theory:

Theory revision based on the needs of the exam questions.

Revision


Course Components

Performance (30% of final mark)

For this, pupils will need to do two performances, one solo and one as part of an ensemble (2 or more players). Both performances are equally weighted.

Composing (30% of final mark)

Pupils will need to write two pieces of music. One will be a free composition and the other will be composed to a brief which is set by the exam board.

Listening Exam (40% of final mark)

This is a listening and appraising exam. The exam will ask you questions on works that you have studied as part of the course and on some unfamiliar music too.

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After school and lunchtime clubs are provided for keen students who wish to stretch their abilities. Catch up and support is also offered on a one to one basis where necessary and extra revision and booster sessions are also offered throughout Key Stage 4. Some of the support sessions, clubs and activities offered are:

Practice rooms available for band work - 1:30 to 1:55
Senior Choir - Monday 3:10 to 3:50
Brass Group - Tuesday 11:00 to 11:20
Year 11 coursework help - Tuesday 3:05 to 3:45
ABRSM Theory lessons - Wednesday 1:30 to 1:55
Woodwind Group - Wednesday 1:30 to 1:55
String Group - Wednesday 3:10 to 3:50
Year 11 Coursework help - Thursday 1:15 to 1:50
Year 11 Coursework catch-up - Thursday 3:05 to 4:30
Year 10 Ensemble Session - Thursday 3:05 to 4:00
Choir - Friday 1:30 to 1:50