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KS3 Music

Music at Ashton Park will look to go to the very heart of our humanity and provide the sense of the wonder that music has created through diverse human societies and throughout history. 

Our music education will offer young people the chance to understand in an aural dimension, that which often sits outside our capacity to describe in words. We aim to build our students technical understanding of how music is composed and performed.

We will look to install a sense of belonging in music and look to instill a purpose that the music they love now will be part of the narrative of their lives and bring colour to the experiences that shape them.

The musical elements tie our curriculum together and as students progress through the three years of KS3 they will gain an increasingly complex understanding of how these elements combine to make the music we love:

 

Year 7
Topic studied Musical elements focused on Performance we will focus on Composing we will focus on Great Composers we focus on

The Elements of Music

 

Knowledge Organiser

Structure

Pitch

Duration

Timbre

Texture

Dynamics

Tempo

Perform major and minor chords using the ukulele


Perform simple melodies on ukulele from Tab

Composing a simple chord progression using the ukuleles.
The Instruments of the Orchestra

Timbre

Pitch

Perform simple melodies on keyboard- Holst and Greig Compose a simple melody, using repetition and ostinato

Gustav Holst

Edward Grieg

Year 8
Topic studied Musical elements focused on Performance we will focus on Composing we will focus on Great Composers we focus on

Samba

 

Knowledge Organiser

Duration

Dynamics

Tempo

Perform simple rhythms using percussion instruments 

 

Perform Syncopated rhythms using percussion instruments

Perform using a range of simple and syncopated rhythms using percussion instruments
The Blues

Structure

Pitch

Duration

Accurately perform the 12 bar blues chord progression


Perform a 12 Bar Blues head and walking bass line with other musicians.

Compose a 12 Bar Blues song with improvisation. 


Compose lyrics in an AAB structure to fit with a 12 Bar Blues song.

B.B King

Robert Johnson

Bessie Smith

Nina Simone

Intro to GarageBand (Minimalism)

Texture

Timbre

Perform riffs and motifs using technology from sheet music 

 

Create a performance of a minimalist song using GarageBand

Compose a repetitive motif using technology

Steve Reich

Mike Oldfield

Band Skills

Structure

Pitch

 

 

The Beatles

Year 9
Topic studied Musical elements focused on Performance we will focus on Composing we will focus on Great Composers we focus on

Film Music

 

Knowledge Organiser

 

 

Pitch 

Dynamics

Timbre

Perform leitmotifs using keyboards:

Hedwig’s Theme

Indiana Jones

Pirates of the Caribbean

Compose a soundtrack to a film music clip.

John Williams 

Howard Shore

Hans Zimmer 

Ennio Morricone

Hip Hop and Rap

Structure 

Tempo

Timbre

Perform simple Hip Hop drum patterns using technology


Use voices as individuals to perform a rap in a Hip Hop style

Write expressive lyrics for a Hip Hop composition


Compose a simple Hip Hop drum pattern


Compose a simple riff for a Hip Hop song.

Grandmaster Flash and The Furious Five

Tupac

Biggie Smalls

Writing a Pop song

Structure

Pitch

Duration

Timbre

Texture

Dynamics

Tempo

Perform hooks, riffs and basslines from popular song 

Perform chord progressions from popular songs

Compose a popular song in groups:

Chord progressions

Basslines

Hooks/Riffs

Lyrics and Vocal Melodies.

The Beatles 

Bob Dylan 

Joni Mitchell