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Aims of the subject:

To enable all pupils to enjoy sustained opportunities through regular classroom and practical work and music-making for all, complemented by additional tuition, partnerships and extra-curricular activities.

Year What will I learn? What will I do?
7 Term 1

Music and Me
Pupils work on performing pop songs, group composition work, vocal samba and the elements of music


Pupils learn standard notation, rhythm, staff notation and perform and compose using this notation.












Term 2

Keyboard Skills
Pupils learn keyboard technique and perform a variety of music to help develop this skill, learning an instrument.

Instruments of the Orchestra

Pupils learn about instruments from all the families of the orchestra and watch them live. They learn about sonority and will take part in performances and listening and appraising work.






Term 3

Classical Music
Pupils learn about composers from the baroque, classical, romantic and modern era, performing pieces by the great composers, developing instrumental skills, listening skills and exploring how music developed over time.









African Music

Pupils explore African drumming, singing and pieces of music through composition, listening and performing.


Music And Me

·         Learn how to work in a team performing pop songs, develop these skills further by working on group composition tasks such as the vocal samba and the Planets Piece, focusing on Gustav Holst The Planets Suite. Recognising the elements of music.

  • Take part in small group activities based around pitch and rhythm. Compose and perform pieces based on these elements using instruments.
  • As individuals and in pairs, pupils will learn and develop keyboard skills, playing a variety of different pieces in different styles.


  • Learn Standard Notation and complete rhythm activities based on the notation.
  • Work in groups to create compositions based on rhythms
  • Perform and compose using notes as a soloist.

Keyboard Skills

  • Perform pieces of music in Groups and as a soloist on a keyboard, learning basic finger technique, play scales and give performances

Instruments of the Orchestra

·         Use listening skills to recognise instruments from all the music al families

·         Perform pieces of classical music using the sounds from these instruments.

·         Learn how instruments are played and their unique characteristics.

·         Take part in listening in quizzes



Classical Music

·         Listen to a wide range of classical music and comment on it.

·         Perform pieces by famous classical composers: Bach, Mozart, Beethoven and Tchaikovsky.

·         Answer listening questions on the music and find pout about the lives of the great composers.






African Music

·         Experiment with African Drumming using Djembe drums and compose African drumming pieces in small groups, using polyrhythms.

·         Perform African Call and response pieces on the keyboard

·         Perform an African Song



8 Term 1

Pop Music
Travel through the decades and learn how pop music has developed since 1960s, through performance.

What Makes A Good Song?

Listen to and analyse songs from different genres. Perform in a variety of styles.






Term 2

World Music: Music of India
Listen, compose and play music from India





Structure and Form in Music

Explore how music is put together, structured and developed.






Term 3

World Music: Music of The Caribbean and South America
Listen, compose and perform Music from The Caribbean and South America





Computer Game Music

See how music for computer games has developed over the decades, perform some of them and compose own game music.

Pop Music


·         Pupils will learn about and play music from The Beatles, 70/80s rock riffs, 90s Brit pop and current music.

           What Makes A Good Song

·         Play riffs from a variety of Pop and rock songs

·         Listen to Different songs and analyse the structure

·         Try out different chord patterns and perform standout songs.

·         Complete listening tasks based on songs



Indian Music

  • Pupils will learn keywords from classical Indian Music, learn about Indian culture and Indian instruments. They will perform ragas, tintals and compose their own Indian Piece using the elements of music from India


Structure and Form

·         Perform and compose pieces in different forms. Use Music technology to compose.




World Music

  • Pupils study music from Reggae, Salsa, Samba and Cuban styles. They will perform music from Bob Marley and other current Latin American artists. They experiment and compose samba drum music in groups and in pairs.



Computer Game Music

·         Learn about how computer game music has developed over time, perform game themes, listen and answer questions on game music, compose your own game themes and SFX.

9 Term 1

The Blues
Discover where the Blues came from, find out about artists, listen to the music and perform elements from the blues. Compose in a blues style.




Class Playlist

Explore current music and perform as part of a group


Term 2

Film Music
Listen to film music and learn how it is composed and put on to film.




Musical Theatre

Learn about different musicals, perform as part of a group


Term 3

Music Technology

Use a DAW to create music, using samples. Learn about music technology.




Music Challenge

Pupils are challenged to work independently on a composition, project or performance.

The Blues

  • Pupils will play blues riffs, walking bass lines, blues chord patterns and use technology to compose in the blues style.



Class Playlist

·         Perform a current song in a group using a variety of instruments. Perform in different styles.

Film Music

  • Perform film themes as solos and in groups.
  • Compose film themes and own film music for a short film, working in groups.

Musical Theatre

·         Play songs from Musicals and learn how they have developed over time.

·         Perform as a soloist and as part of an ensemble.


Music Technology

  • Work on sampling software to create own dance tracks.
  • Use samples and loops, create own drum beats.


Music Challenge

  • Work in small ensembles to produce own performances, based on musical futures work. Pupils may choose their own song to perform in groups or as a soloist.
  • Work on a music project or create your own music using technology.

Extra-curricular opportunities

Pupils have opportunities to take part in many different Extra-curricular activities including:

  • School Choir
  • School Orchestra
  • School Production
  • Keyboard Club
  • Rock Bands
  • School Worship Band

How you can support your child’s progress

Please help them learn, revise musical notation and any keywords learned in the lesson. If they have instruments at home (keyboards/ukulele/guitars etc), they can practice their pieces and make improvements to practical work they are developing in class, this often helps students achieve the best grades and develops their skills quickly, making rapid progress. Listen to a wide variety of music, encourage students to attend extra-curricular activities. Encourage them to take instrumental lessons.

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