Chaucer Subject Intent - Music

We intend to expose our students to an increasingly wide range of musical styles, genre and instruments. Our curriculum is designed to provide frequent opportunities for our students to take an active and critical role in listening, a personal role in composition and an active part in performance. Students play a variety of roles in ensemble performances across the curriculum of key stage three giving them a solid base of skills and experiences that allow them to access KS4 with confidence and self-assurance.

We are committed to public performance and to maintaining the high-status place that these performances have in the wider life of the school community including students, visitors and families. We intend to select music that our students feel a sincere passion for and to deepen their technical and practical understanding through active learning. It is important to us that students leave with an understanding of the creative industry and that their exposure to music is a path to opportunity in the real world of employment and that they are, whenever possible, working in the context of genuine industry practice and equipment.

Curriculum description

Year 7, 8 and 9 Music

Students study rhythm and pulse as a basis for building key instrumental skills. They are introduced to a range of instruments used in popular western musical culture including keyboard, guitar, voice and drums. Students learn the value of Music and how it can have a significant enriching effect on people’s lives throughout the world in various contexts. Performance opportunities are common throughout KS3 and students are given the opportunity to express themselves through performing and listening to live Music. Composition is also a significant aspect of the curriculum where students explore various ways to express themselves through creating their own sounds and taking their ideas into new directions through Music.

Year 10 and 11 Music

At KS4 students begin study of a BTEC industry based learning course where they learn about organisations, job roles and experiences within the Music Industry.
There are 4, main areas of study;

UNIT 1 is a theory based industry practice aspect of learning where students learn about various aspects of working in the Music Industry. They study professional organisations, agencies and job roles within the sector of Music. The UNIT  is graded with an externally verified exam worth 25% of the overall course.

UNIT 2 is a coursework based unit where students create a musical product in the form of a compilation album. They create a set list of musical repertoire and visit a professional recording studio to record their material and release a compilation album. Student then take ownership of the promotion of this work by creating advertising material and experience learning around how a musical product is created, marketed and evaluated independently.

UNIT 4 is a composition unit where students Music Technology to discover new ways to create and develop their own musical ideas. This takes the form of 4 original ideas, an extension of ideas using various compositional techniques and a final piece of composed music.

UNIT 5 is all about live musical performance. Students become specialists on a chosen instrument and rehearse specific skills, techniques and repertoire to further develop their skills as a musician. Students will then take part in various live performance opportunities throughout the year including assembly performance, celebration events and end of term showcase activities.