Pupils begin by exploring the musical elements which will underpin all work carried out in KS3 music. Pupils will learn basic keyboard skills with a focus on technique and application. They will also develop an understanding of how to read standard musical notation using the treble clef. Pupils will look at the four families of orchestral instruments and try out instruments from each of these families. Pupils will learn about how the vocal chords work and how we produce different sounds and pitches with our voices. They will look at vocal technique and warm ups and different styles of singing. In the final half term, pupils will learn how to play the ukulele.
Pupils will begin the year by looking at the slave trade in America and how the popular style of the Blues music developed from the cotton fields of America and how this has influenced the music of the modern day. Pupils will learn how to understand and play chords on the keyboards. They will also continue to develop their keyboard skills by learning riffs and popular blues melodies and also how to improvise around a blues scale. Pupils will also look at the role that music plays in the film industry. They will go on to compose their own music for a film clip. In the final half term, pupils explore "World Music" and put together small group performances in a variety of different genres.
In year 9, pupils follow the "Musical Futures" programme. The strand which they follow is "Band Skills" in which the aim is to promote key skills through music making. In the first half term, pupils work collaboratively to put together a ukulele band. In the second half term, pupils start by learning the basics of how to play keyboard and guitar chords, the bass guitar and drum kit before then choosing their focus instrument for the term. Pupils work towards a band performance of their chosen piece.