KS3 Music Curriculum
In Key Stage 3 Music lessons at KBA, it is our intention to enable all pupils to develop their musical potential through engaging experiences, recognising that music is an important part of cultural identity, and that music is also of proven benefit to both cognitive and character development. Performing is a crucial part of this. We encourage and prepare students for lifelong musical learning, both in and out of school, including preparation for further study if appropriate. Pupils are graded using the key performance indicators (KPIs) used widely across all ULT schools. A range of listening and performance tasks will be completed throughout the year in order for students to practically apply their knowledge and understanding.
Year 7 Topics:
Term 1 – Heroes – developing keyboard and vocal skills
Term 2 – Heroes – developing ensemble skills
Term 3 and 4 – Samba – exploring Brazilian rhythm and percussion skills
Term 5 and 6 – Moods Music – developing composition skills through the use of music technology
Year 8 Topics:
Term 1 – West African Drumming – exploring West African rhythm and texture
Term 2 – West African Drumming Ensembles – exploring West African melody and harmony and working as groups to compose a piece of music in a traditional West African style
Term 3 – Blues Music – exploring Blues and Jazz music, with a focus on improvisation
Term 4- 4 Chord Mashup – a development from the previous topic, explore the pop genre, with a practical focus on chords and ensemble work
Term 5 and 6 – Computer Game Music – use Logic Pro to create and manipulate synthesised sounds and loops, and compose their own pieces of computer game music
Year 9 Topics:
Rotation 1 – Film Music – students will listen to and analyse, compose and perform a range of music used for films including: music that has been composed specifically for a film; music from the Western Classical tradition that has been used within a film; and music that has been composed as a soundtrack for a video game.
Rotation 2 – Live Lounge – Students will practically explore popular songs & arrangements, textures & layers, melody & harmony, pop song structure, musical arrangements, culminating in a live ensemble (band) performance.
A more detailed description and overview for each term can be found in the KS3 Curriculum Plan.
In addition to curriculum lessons, students in KS3 are encouraged to participate in enrichment activities. These include; KBA Stage School, Rock Band, Music Tech Club, Orchestra, and use of the practise rooms.