Subject: Music
Members of staff: Mr C Smith – Department Leader
Subject Overview:

Through rehearsing, singing, playing, composing and listening learners at Kepier will experience music in a variety of styles, with an emphasis on performance. The music department is fully equipped with keyboards, guitars, percussion, brass, woodwind and string instruments, and pupils can make use of the practice rooms during music lessons, breaks, lunchtimes and after school.

As well as their timetabled lesson, students have the opportunity to receive tuition for the following: brass, woodwind, strings, guitar, drums, piano and voice.

At GCSE level, students will study for:  Edexcel GCSE Music – 30% performance (solo and ensemble), 30% composition (free and set brief), 40% listening exam.

Key Stage 3
Content: Year 7: Year 8: Year 9:
Autumn Term 1: Pop Melodies: 1960s and 2000s Vocal Melodies and Song Structures

1. Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
2. Help! (The Beatles)
3. Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)
4. I’m a Believer (The Monkees)

Pop Melodies: 1960s and 2000s Vocal Melodies and Song Structures

1. Valerie (Amy Winehouse)
2. Help! (The Beatles)
3. Hey There Delilah (Plain White T’s)
4. I’m a Believer (The Monkees)

Pop Music Hooks: Vocal and instrumental hooks from the 1980s and 2010s

1. Happy (Pharrell Williams)
2. Take on Me (A-Ha)
3. Shake it Off (Taylor Swift)
4. Love Will Tear Us Apart (Joy Division)

Autumn Term 2: Film Themes: Main title themes and leitmotifs from the blockbusters

1. Harry Potter
2. Star Wars
3. James Bond
4. Indiana Jones

Film Themes: Main title themes and leitmotifs from the blockbusters

1. Harry Potter
2. Star Wars
3. James Bond
4. Indiana Jones

Musical Theatre: Songs from the Musicals

1. We Go Together (Grease)
2. You Can’t Stop the Beat (Hairspray)
3. All That Jazz (Chicago)
4. City of Stars (La La Land)

Spring Term 1: Musical Traditions: Traditional music from South America, Africa, India and Britain

1. Reggae & Samba
2. African songs
3. Indian Ragas
4. Folk songs from the British Isles

Musical Traditions: Traditional music from South America, Africa, India and Britain

1. Reggae & Samba
2. African songs
3. Indian Ragas
4. Folk songs from the British Isles

Let’s Dance: Dance Music from old to new

1. The Blue Danube (Waltz)
2. Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy (Ballet)
3. Funky Town (Disco)
4. Praise You (Club Dance)

Spring Term 2: Classical Themes: Famous Melodies from the Great Composers

1. Eine Klein Nachtmusik (Mozart)
2. ‘William Tell’ Overture (Rossini)
3. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
4. Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)

Classical Themes: Famous Melodies from the Great Composers

1. Eine Klein Nachtmusik (Mozart)
2. ‘William Tell’ Overture (Rossini)
3. Ode to Joy (Beethoven)
4. Swan Lake (Tchaikovsky)

Film Scores: Incidental music from the movies

1. Schindler’s List
2. Jurassic Park
3. Home Alone
4. Halloween

Summer Term 1: Pop Textures: Pop layers in the 1940s and 1990s

1. Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis)
2. In the Mood (Glen Miller)
3. Wannabe (The Spice Girls)
4. When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio)

Pop Textures: Pop layers in the 1940s and 1990s

1. Don’t Look Back in Anger (Oasis)
2. In the Mood (Glen Miller)
3. Wannabe (The Spice Girls)
4. When You Wish Upon a Star (from Pinocchio)

A Shot of Rhythm and Blues: Rock ‘n Roll and Soul Music
from 1950s and 1970s1. Hound Dog (Elvis Presley)
2. Rockin’ All Over the World (Status Quo)
3. I Want to Break Free (Queen)
4. Stand By Me (Ben E. King)
Summer Term 2:
Key Stage 4
Content: Year 10: Year 11:
Autumn Term 1:
  • Introduction to Set Works 1-4
  • Composition Workshops: Improvising and developing ideas
  • Performance Workshops: Building potential
    repertoire (solo)
  • Revision of Set Works 1-4
  • Composition Workshops: Improvising and developing ideas for composition 2
  • Performance Workshops: Final solo performances
Autumn Term 2: Introduction to Set Works 5-8

  • Composition Workshops: Developing textures and structures
  • Performance Workshops: Building potential repertoire (ensemble)
  • Revision of Set Works 5-8
  • Composition Workshops: Developing textures and
    structures for composition 2
  • Performance Workshops: Ensemble rehearsal
Spring Term 1:
  • Wider listening related to Set Works 5-8
  • Composition Workshops: Developing textures and structures, including notation
  • Performance Workshops: Mock solo performances
  • Revision of Set Works 1-4 and wider listening
  • Composition Workshops: developing textures and structures, including notation for composition 2
  • Performance Workshops: Final Ensemble performances
Spring Term 2:
  • Recap and wider listening related to Set works 1-4
  • Composition Workshops: Developing composition 1
  • Performance Workshops: Mock ensemble performances
  • Revision of Set Works 5-8 and wider listening
  • Composition Workshops: Finalising composition
    portfolio
Summer Term 1:
  • Internal exam preparation
  • Composition Workshops: Developing composition 1
  • Performance Workshops: 2nd mock solo performances
  • Revision for listening exam
Summer Term 2:
  • Internal exam preparation
  • Composition Workshops: Complete composition 1
  • Performance Workshops: 2nd mock ensemble
    performances
Listening
Revision Links for GCSE Course:

GCSE Music BBC Bitesize https://www.bbc.com/bitesize/subjects/zpf3cdm
Teachinggadget.com (username music@kepier password music

How can parents support their child’s progress in this subject?

  1. Encourage and facilitate daily personal practice
  2. Encourage and facilitate weekly revision of theory and listening work
  3. Be aware and encourage the attendance of additional support sessions during lunch and after school
Extra-Curricular Activities:

Monday GCSE drop in (Lunch), Band Practice (3-4pm)
Tuesday Keyboard Club (Lunch), Rock School (3-4pm)
Wednesday Ukulele Club (Lunch)
Thursday Choir (Lunch)
Friday GCSE Drop in (Lunch)