Music - Key Stage 3

For all who study music, whether through strong natural desire or a spirit of academic adventure, there is the enticing prospect of:

  • Fostering a passion for, and a love of, a subject that enriches and enlivens people of all cultures
  • Cultivating a deeper understanding of the diverse musical world that surrounds us
  • Developing an enquiring mind and the ability to think critically and to make informed judgements
  • Nurturing a creative imagination
  • Discovering, experiencing, understanding, sharing and expressing feelings and abstract thoughts
  • Revealing intangible aspects of human experience that are embodied in the creative arts, especially through music

Course Aims

  • Foster musical sensitivity, creativity and aural perception
  • Promote cultural development as performers, composers and listeners
  • Support personal and social development

Year 7 Course Outline

  • Unit 1 – Start your day with a song
  • Unit 2 – General musicianship
  • Unit 3 –What makes a good pop song?
  • Unit 4 – A journey through music (Part 1)
  • Unit 5 – An introduction to the piano and singing in harmony
  • Unit 6 – South American beats

Year 8 Course Outline

  • Unit 1 – The musicals
  • Unit 2 – A journey through music (Part 2)
  • Unit 3 – Music of Africa
  • Unit 4 – Blues and Jazz
  • Unit 5 – Rock ‘N’ Roll
  • Unit 6 – Music of the Caribbean

Year 9 Course Outline

  • Unit 1 – Film music
  • Unit 2 – A journey through music (Part 3)
  • Unit 3 – Popular music culture
  • Unit 4 – The music of India
  • Unit 5 – War music
  • Unit 6 – The folk tradition