Soham Village College

Music - Year 7

  Units
In Key Stage 3 students study one unit each half term. Students develop the five key strands of the Music Curriculum in every topic they study; performing, singing, composing, improvising and critical engagement (focusing on listening skills and what it means to be an audience).
Assessments
Assessment in music takes a holistic approach, looking at how each student has developed as a musician over the year. The assessments are ongoing and evidence is gathered throughout each topic in a variety of ways. These include audio/video recordings, written tests, notated compositions, written/spoken evaluations and musical performances. Marks are recorded on Go4Schools each half term. 

Autumn  

Elements of Music and Performance
Introduction to the building blocks of music, including:
• fundamental performance skills
• being a good audience
• Identifying elements of music and graphic score.
• Rhythm and pulse.
Group rhythm composition.
End of topic performance.
Graphic Score.
Listening test.
Christmas Vocal Music
Students develop their singing through whole-class singing, with a view to a final performance at Ely Cathedral as part of the Christmas Concert.
Rehearsals and final performance at Ely Cathedral.
Spring  Keyboard Skills
Students learn to develop their keyboard skills, read score notation and compose for the instrument. Students use Sibelius to follow simple scores and notate their own melodies.
End of unit performance and development over the term.
Melody Composition.
Ukulele and Guitar Skills
Students learn to develop their ukulele and guitar skills, read tab notation and compose for the instrument.
Students use Sibelius to follow simple tab scores and notate their own melodies.
End of unit performance and development over the term.
Chordal Composition.
Summer  Tonality
Students explore major, minor and chromatic music including a project on Beethoven’s ‘Fur Elise’.
End of topic performance.
Chromatic ‘horror music’ composition.
Listening Test.
Blues Music
Students will learn the basics of 12-bar blues music, including chords, walking bass line, improvisation and blues singing.
End of topic performance including improvisation.
Listening Test.