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During Year 9 students explore a range of musical styles through listening, composing and performing. Projects cover a mixture of styles, genres and traditions including:

Term

Unit Covered

Mode of assessment

 

Autumn 1

Developing Music Literacy and Performing Skills

End of unit performance and evaluation of a piece of music provided by the Head of Music

Autumn 2

Introduction to Music Technology and Music of the Twentieth Century

End of unit performance, evaluation and submission of a computer-based music technology composition

Spring 1

New Directions in Music

Regular performance and evaluations of group compositions

Spring 2

 

Contextual Studies

End of unit performance, evaluation and possible submission of a music technology score based on a contextual composition chosen by the Head of Music

Summer 1

Summer 2

Descriptive Music

Performance, evaluation and possible submission of a music technology score based on  a film music genre chosen by the student

Year 9 Additional information:

Developing Music Literacy and Performing Skills:
Depending on previous experience, students may either study the ‘Back to Basics’ unit for students who may need a refresher course in reading standard musical notation or the ‘Intermediate Music Literacy’ for students who are comfortable with reading standard musical notation and would like to develop their skills even further. Whichever unit is studied, the student will perform, as a soloist, a tailored piece of music given in advance by the Head of Music for the end of unit assessment. Students who receive peripatetic tuition are more than welcome to offer pieces that they are currently studying with their teacher.

Introduction to Music Technology and Music of the Twentieth Century:
This unit introduces students to the world of music technology, with a particular focus on using Sibelius notation software. After a few introductory sessions, students will go on to study both Serialism and Minimalism as key turning points of musical composition in the twentieth century. Students will be assessed on the submission of a Sibelius score based on one of these musical styles which will be chosen by the Head of Music.

New Directions in Music:
In this unit, students will be exposed to and explore other types of musical sounds (Avant-Garde), different ways of writing music as a form of notation (Graphic Scores) and fusing traditional forms with modern ideas (The ‘Rondo Rap’). Assessment will be on going through the duration of the unit. Students will be expected to compose, perform and evaluate:

Contextual Studies:
Students will either receive an in-depth study into the Blues or Rock ‘n’ Roll style. This decision will be made by the Head of Music. Both styles will cover aspects including: history and origin, musical and social context, key musical features and influences on other music. Students will be assessed on the performance and evaluation of a blues/rock ‘n’ roll composition using extensively the key musical features studied. During this unit there are also numerous opportunities for students to develop their improvisation skills. Students may, in discussion with the Head of Music, choose to submit a music technology piece based on the musical style studied instead of a live performance.

Descriptive Music (Film Music):
Students will be looking closely at the development of film music through the decades with a particular focus on how music is used to good effect. Students will study a range of film genres and will choose one which they would like to be assessed on. Students may, in discussion with the Head of Music, choose to submit a music technology piece based on a film genre instead of a live performance.