Soham Village College

Music - Year 9

  Units
In Year 9 students study four ten-week units over the course of the year. Students continue to develop the five key strands of the Music Curriculum in every topic they study; performing, singing, composing, improvising and critical engagement. The curriculum in Year 9 is designed to prepare students for GCSE Music, with a greater emphasis on independent learning, solo projects and more focused listening skills.
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  

Music in the Media
A study of the ways in which music is used in TV, Film and Video Game Music, including storyboards, leitmotif, advert jingles and Music Technology.
Film/Video Game composition and performance in pairs.
Listening Test.
Rhythms of Samba
Students learn about Samba music through whole-class and group performances using an authentic Samba Kit.
End of unit performance and development over the term.
Samba Group Composition
Listening Test.
Spring  Rhythms of Samba (Continued)
Students learn about Samba music through whole-class and group performances using an authentic Samba Kit.
End of unit performance and development over the term.
Samba Group Composition
Listening Test.
Popular Music – Song Writing
Students learn how to compose a successful pop song, exploring various pop genres and specific techniques used by particular pop artists.
Popular Song Composition.
Listening Test
Singing and performance development throughout the term.
Summer  Popular Music – Song Writing (Continued)
Students learn how to compose a successful pop song, exploring various pop genres and specific techniques used by particular pop artists.
Popular Song Composition.
Listening Test
Singing and performance development throughout the term.
Musical Futures
Following the popular ‘Musical Futures’ approach, students work as a whole class to prepare, rehearse and record a popular song. They then jump ‘in at the deep end’ taking on the challenge of working in groups to prepare an entire cover version of a song of their choice.
End of unit performance and development over the term.