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Music

The music curriculum at Salford City Academy aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement.

As pupils deepen and extend their own musical interests and skills in Key Stage 3 music, they will perform and compose music in different styles with increasing understanding of musical devices, processes and contextual influences. 

Year 7 & 8

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 7

Topic 1: The Elements of Music 

Pitch, rhythm, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.
Composition (through voice, classroom percussion, keyboards)
Basic musical structures
Performance 
 
Topic 2: Introduction to Keyboards, the Orchestra and Singing
Keyboard skills 
Pitch and traditional notation (note reading)
Basic chords
Instruments of the orchestra 
Appraising music 
Vocals and whole class singing 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment 

Topic 3: Ukulele 

Instrumental skills
Appraising music 
Chord progressions
Performance 

Topic 4: The Blues

(mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

Historical and musical context
Keyboard skills 
Instrumental skills
12 bar blues structure 
12 bar blues chord progression
Blues scale
Improvisatory melody 
Appraising music 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment

Topic 5: Form and Structure through Music Technology

 

Understanding the following structures in music – binary, ternary, rondo
Composing using Garage Band 
Elements of music 
Appraising music 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment 
Year 8

Topic 1: Exploring Rhythm through ‘Stomp’ and World Music (African drumming, Samba) 

(mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

Rhythm
Duration 
Composition (percussion) 
Musical structures 
Different cultures and associated music 
Performance 
Evaluation 
Assessment 

Topic 2: Reggae 

(mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

Historical and musical context
Stylistic features of Reggae
Keyboard skills 
Chords and melody 
Band skills 
Appraising music 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment 

Topic 3: The Beatles and Band Skills 

(social, moral, spiritual, mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

Historical and musical context
Keyboard skills 
Chords and melody 
Band skills 
Appraising music 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment 

Year 9

  Autumn Term Spring Term Summer Term
Year 9

Topic 1: Composing – Film Music and Soundtracks 

(social, cultural) 

 

Music Technology (Garage Band)
Composition (composing to film clip)
Musical devices associated with film music (ostinato, pedal note, dissonant harmony, leitmotif)
Elements of music 
Appraising music 
Evaluation 
Assessment

Topic 2: Protest Music/ Band skills 

(social, moral, spiritual, mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

 

Historical and musical context
Song writing/ rap 
Composition – chords and melody 
Band skills 
Elements of music 
Appraising music 
Performance 
Evaluation
Assessment

Topic 3: ‘Made in Manchester’ (Band skills, Composing, Research)    

(social, moral, spiritual, mutual respect & tolerance, cultural)

Musical context of Manchester’s music history
Task based topic where students have the option to focus on an area of either

-Composition 

-Performance 

-Research 

Band skills
Keyboard skills 
Vocal skills 
Appraising music 
Evaluation
Assessment 

 

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