At Acle Academy, we aim to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music, develop their talents as musicians, increase self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. Students will perform, compose and listen to a wide variety of music, thus deepening both their understanding and appreciation of the subject.
KEY STAGE 3: YEARS 7-9
Year 7 Unit overview:
The main topics covered in Year 7 include:
• Looking at the Elements of Music with associated listening and composition work.
• Looking at instruments and the orchestra, using the BBC ‘Ten Pieces’ resources.
• Graphic notation and vocal production.
• Keyboard playing skills – developing confidence as a performer.
• Composing skills.
Year 8 Unit overview:
The main topics covered in Year 8 include:
• Pentatonic music.
• Musical harmony – triads.
• ‘Journey into Space’ composition project.
• Television theme tunes – music written for a specific purpose.
• Continuation of keyboard playing skills.
• Looking at musical forms and structure.
Year 9 Unit overview:
The main topics covered in Year 9 include:
• Rap music. We look at the origins of Rap, the social context and the importance of lyrics.
Students also compose their own piece which should include some element of social
• Developing guitar playing skills. Students learn basic chords/strumming techniques and go on to develop melodic playing. We also look at the background history of the guitar in its many forms.
• Music from around the world – covering areas such as China, Africa and India.
• Song writing.
KEY STAGE 4: YEARS 10-11
We follow the Edexcel specification, which encourages students to develop their musical skills and interests, working both individually and in groups. By studying a series of set works (divided into Areas of Study) covering a wide range of musical periods and styles, students develop both their understanding and appreciation of music. There is a Listening Exam at the end of the course.
Composing Unit Content:
Students have to submit two compositions. These compositions may be written for solo instruments or an ensemble. Composition work must last for at least 3 minutes.
Performing Unit Content:
Students perform one piece as a solo and another as part of an ensemble (at least two performers or more). Any style of music can be performed. Performances must last for at least 4 minutes.
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