The Holy Trinity Church of England Secondary School

Music

Head of Department: Mr P Hall 

E mail: phall@holytrinitycrawley.org.uk

Music Staff

Mrs E Lowries

Year 7

Aim for the Year

Year 7 is about building a solid foundation of knowledge and skill that can be built upon in the years to come.

Our Year 7 curriculum allows students to try a range of instruments through a wide variety of musical styles. All of the skills introduced in Year 7 will be developed throughout Years 8 and 9 through a number of different performance opportunities.

Topics and Skills Autumn Term - Musical Foundations In this unit, you will cover the building blocks of music to give you a solid foundation to build your musical skill upon. This will include working with rhythm and pulse, pitch and timbre, composition, improvisation and performance alongside learning to translate conventional and non-conventional notation.

Spring Term - Introduction to the Keyboard and Ukulele This two stage unit will provide you with the opportunity to learn basic skills on the Keyboard and the Ukulele. You will spend time learning the correct techniques that will enable you to progress in the future and will be given performance assignments to demonstrate your understanding and ability. In this unit there is also the opportunity to develop vocal skills by learning a song, accompanied by the ukulele.

Summer Term - Reggae Studying music from around the world is both interesting and enjoyable. Reggae has influenced most of the popular music we listen to today. In this unit you will work with other students to create a Reggae band which could include Keyboard, Ukulele, Vocals, Bass Guitar, and Drums. If you play another instrument already, it may also be possible for you to use this within your group. Understanding where Reggae came from and what the musical features are will enable you to create a more authentic performance, so during this topic there will be an ongoing research project into Reggae Music too.

Introduction to Audio and Midi Sequencing

Music Technology is a huge industry and is also a subject that could be available in Year 10 and 12 options. This unit will give you the opportunity to learn the basics of sequencing by creating a performance of a song electronically using the MIDI keyboard to create loops. Assessment patterns You will be assessed on your work throughout the unit, but will be formally assessed by the final submission of your work, whether it be your performance, a recording of your compositions or an MP3 created from the sequencing software. You will also be given the opportunity for self evaluation of both your process and your final product, setting yourself targets for future projects.

Homework / independent study skills

You will have the opportunity to book IT facilities and practice spaces at lunchtime to develop your work. You have a wide range of extra-curricular groups and activities available to you.

Year 8

Aim for the Year

By the end of Year 7 you should have discovered which instruments were most suitable for you as an individual. In Year 8 there are a number of projects with an element of choice built in to allow you to develop your strengths further.

Topics and Skills

Ensemble Performance Skills - In this unit you will develop the instrumental skills that you started in Year 7. You will work as part of an ensemble to create a performance of a song using a choice of musical instruments, similar to the Reggae unit from last year.

The Blues

This unit links together with both the Sequencing and Reggae projects from last year. In this unit you will study how the Blues developed and how this music influenced the music of this generation. You will study the different musical features of the Blues and will compose a piece using MIDI sequencing on the computer in the Blues style.

Developing instrumental Techniques

As a continuation of the instrumental performance work, this unit will enable you to embed all the knowledge and skill development you have made over the year in order to create an ensemble performance of more challenging music. This unit will include pieces that require you to be able to perform a 4 chord sequence and work with the texture and tempo to create a suitable feel within the music.

EDM Sequencing Project

Electronic Dance Music comes in many forms, but there is one thing that most EDM pieces have in common. They are created by one person with a computer. In this unit, you become Calvin Harris, David Guetta or DeadMau5. You will use the music sequencing software to create a number of loops, including Drum tracks, Bass lines and Melody. This will give you all the tools you need to then extend these loops into a full piece of EDM before you start to experiment with effects and processing.

Composing a 4 chord song

You will reform your band once more, but this time you will be composing a piece using some of the techniques you have developed in your performance units. Again, you will have the opportunity to develop your skills on your preferred instrument. During the unit, you will look at creating a successful melody, create suitable lyrics and fit these together with an accompaniment that you build as a group.

Variations on a Theme

After singing, listening to, and appraising a contemporary version of ‘Variations on Frere Jacques’, you will compose your own set of variations using the keyboard and MIDI sequencing software. You will learn to use various compositional techniques, including drones, echoes, rounds and ostinati.

Assessment Patterns

You will be assessed on your work throughout the unit, but will be formally assessed by your final submission of your work, whether it be your performance, a recording of your compositions or an MP3 created from the sequencing software. You will also be given the opportunity for self evaluation of both your process and your final product, setting yourself targets for future projects.

Homework / independent study skills

You will have the opportunity to book IT facilities and practice spaces at lunchtime to develop your work. You have a wide range of extra-curricular groups and activities available to you.

Year 9

Aim for the Year

In Year 9 you will continue to build on the skills and knowledge you have developed in the last two years. These units will give you an insight into some of the work you might be expected to do if you opt for either the GCSE Music or BTEC Music Technology course.

Topics and Skills

Developing Ensemble Performance Skills II

In this performance task, students will be given the opportunity to demonstrate how far their skills have developed and push the boundaries by performing some contemporary songs in an ensemble. Introduction to Music Technology This unit will develop the sequencing skills students have developed in previous units and will incorporate new elements such as working with Auto-Tune and other audio processing techniques. This will allow students to see what the Music Technology L2 BTEC option is all about.

Song Writing

In this unit students will develop the skills from previous composition units, particularly the 4 chord song unit and will write their own song in small groups. They will have control of everything from the chord patterns and instrumentation to the lyrics and melody. This is a very challenging task, but we have a range of tools and support materials to get students going. This project takes place over a whole term.

Film Music

In this unit, students will explore the use of music in films. They will learn about how film composers approach their work and how effects are created through the use of music. They will then compose their own music using the sequencing software to go with short film extracts.

Assessment Patterns

Students will be assessed on their work throughout the unit, but will be formally assessed by the final submission of their work, whether it be their performance, a recording of their compositions or an MP3 created from the sequencing software. They will also be given the opportunity for self evaluation of both the process and their final product, setting themselves targets for future projects.

Homework / Independent Study

Skills Students will have the opportunity to book IT facilities and practice spaces at lunchtime to develop their work. They have a wide range of extra-curricular groups and activities available to them.

Year 10/11 GCSE

Music

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

You will learn how the different elements of music are used within Classical, World and Popular styles of music and will develop your skills as a performer and composer. The course promotes performance skills in a range of styles and you will be encouraged to participate in live music-making activities as well as studio sessions. You will also have opportunities to improve your understanding of music technology.

Early composition exercises will help you to understand more complex structures and compositional devices to enable you to improve as a composer and your analytical skills will be developed through focused listening tasks.

WHO IS THE COURSE AIMED AT? This is a very practical course aimed at students who enjoy performing music. The course allows you to work as an individual and within a group and is best suited to students with a creative flair and an ability to work independently.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED? There are three elements in your Music GCSE: Performance (one solo and one Ensemble) 30% Composition (one free and one set composition) 30% Listening Exam 40%

WHERE DOES THE COURSE LEAD? This course can lead on to further courses in Music or Music Technology and can enhance the understanding and enjoyment of music for any performer.

WHAT CAREER OPTIONS MIGHT FOLLOW ON FROM THIS COURSE? Music-related careers include sound technician, media manager, roadie, music therapist, entertainer, music retailer, music publisher, studio equipment designer, sound engineer, music promotions manager, singing teacher, music teacher, arts administrator, musician, studio musician, conductor, composer, DJ, music librarian.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE? You can speak to Mr Hall or Mrs Lowries for more information or you could look at the Pearson website for the specification.

Music Technology

WHAT WILL YOU LEARN?

During this very practical course, you will learn how to use Logic Pro X to create music, both electronically and in the studio. You will also learn how to use the recording studio and the Behringer X32 mixing desk with the S16 digital snake, along with the range of dynamic and condenser microphones we have available.

During the course, you will develop your understanding of the equipment, learn how to set it up and put it into use through practical tasks such as recording a vocalist. There is no requirement for you to perform during this course and you do not need to play an instrument; you take the role of the studio engineer and the music producer to record other students. The units you will undertake include a Live Recording project, learning to use Music Sequencing software and how to plan and create a podcast.

WHO IS THE COURSE AIMED AT? Anyone who enjoys listening to music and wants to explore how songs are created from a technical angle. You must be able to listen critically to music, but are not required to play an instrument yourself. This is a very sociable course and you will need to work as part of a team to develop your skills and be able to interact with others while they are recording for your projects.

HOW IS THE COURSE STRUCTURED? We have one core unit—Live Sound Recording (8 credits) There are also two optional units. Our chosen units are Podcast Production (8 credits) and Using a Digital Audio Workstation (4 credits). The course is graded from Distinction, Merit, Pass or Level 1 Pass. This course is equitable with one GCSE. There is no formal exam on this course as all units are heavily practical and therefore work is submitted though large scale project recordings, accompanied by planning notes to demonstrate understanding.

WHERE DOES THE COURSE LEAD? The course leads directly into a Level 3 course by RSL Rockschool which takes all of the knowledge and skills gained in this course and pushes them further through units such as Live Sound Engineering, Music Video Production and Music Events Management. This course and the Level 3 course could lead to apprenticeships in the Music Industry, University courses and direct access to work in the Music Industry. WHAT

CAREER OPTIONS MIGHT FOLLOW ON FROM THIS COURSE? Music Technology related careers include live sound engineer, studio engineer, producer, sound technician, roadie, DJ, studio equipment designer, music promotions manager, events co-ordinator, arts administrator, music teacher, media manager, music therapist, entertainer, music retailer, music publisher, musician, studio musician, conductor, composer, music librarian.

WHERE CAN I FIND OUT MORE? Mr Hall in the Music department. Level 2 certificate RSL Rockschool