What will students learn?
Term 1 - Finding your voice - using the voice in various ways (from part singing to beatboxing). Working as a group to create a vocal performance. Writing lyrics. Adding simple chords.
Term 2 -Stomp - understanding rhythms and basic elements of music to create rhythmic performance. Students use various percussion or household items.
Term 3 - Modes and scales - Performing gamelan music using tuned percussion. Writing music to fit with a Wayang Kulit performance.
Term 4 - Melody - how to write basic melodies using chords.
Term 5 - Song Structure - A group performance of a popular song utilising the Ukulele. Understanding popular music song structure.
Term 6 - Music of the Caribbean - listening to various styles from of the Caribbean and its relationship to African Slavery. Keyboard performance of yellow bird.
Term 1 - African Music - Singing African songs and combining it with a composed African Drumming rhythm.
Term 2 - Groove, Head, and Solo - Group performance and composition of a simple tune and improvisation using a simple structure and the chord of Dm.
Term 3 - Variation form - using different composing techniques used to create music for computer games for own composition.
Term 4 - Minimalism - Image Junction. Using minimalist techniques to compose and perform as a group.
Term 5 - Band Skills - Use Somebody. A band performance of Use Somebody using all band instruments.
Term 6 - Keyboard - Stand By Me: A solo/duo/group performance of Stand By Me with a focus on the bass line and bass clef.
How will students be assessed?
Students will be assessed continuously during each topic. They will be working towards a final performance, however, work done during the lessons and for homework will also contribute to their assessment. During their course they will be assessed on their ability to:
There are a variety of different instruments available for students to play. Teachers will also support and challenge students by choosing appropriate music for them to read. For the most able they will be expected to read notation