Music (GCSE)

YearTerm 1Term 2Term 3
Year 7
(9 week rotation)
Unit 1 - Musical Elements:
- Creative composition
- Exploring how the elements work
- Using voices/percussion and keyboards

Unit 2 - Keyboard Skills:
- Basic knowledge of how the keyboard works
- Reading Music notation
- Playing melodies and chords
- Ensemble Skills

Extra Music is taught in the Life Skills rotation in Year 7:
- Drumming from around the world
- African and South American Musical traditions
- Using real instruments from Africa and Brazil
- Ensemble playing
Year 8
(9 week rotation)
Unit 1 - Music Tech- Pachelbel’s Canon:
- Using sequencing software to record and edit using MIDI
- Exploring how Musical textures work
- Arranging and composing
- Reading Music notation

Unit 2 - Guitar Skills:
- Basic knowledge of the guitar and how it works
- Learn how to play chords
- Reading and understanding chord diagrams

Blues:
- Chord patterns
- Improvising
- Composing
- Playing a blues melody
- Understanding the historical context
Year 9
(2 x 9 week rotations)
Unit 1 - Minimalism:
- Using sequencing software to record and edit including creating drum patterns
- Exploring the style of minimalism
- Arranging the piece
- Reading Music notation

Popular Music Ensemble:
- Band project
- Playing a 4 chords song in groups

Unit 2 - Film Music:
- Character Motifs
- Leit motifs
- Exploring instruments

Compositional Techniques:
- Songwriting
- Film Music composition using Music technology
Year 10Unit 1 Understanding
Music:
- Popular Music

Unit 2 Performing Music:
- Initial solo performance
- Ensemble performance tasks

Unit 3 Composing Music:
- Compositional skills
Unit 1 Understanding Music:
- Traditional Music

Unit 2 Performing Music:
- Performance tasks in lessons

Unit 3 Composing Music:
- Compositional skills
Unit 1 Understanding Music:
- Western classical Music

Unit 2 Performing Music:
- Solo performance

Unit 3 Composing Music:
- Free Composition 1
Year 11Unit 1 Understanding
Music:
- Western Classical Music since 1910

Unit 2 Performing Music:
- Final solo performance

Unit 3 Composing Music:
- Composition to a brief
Unit 1 Understanding
Music:
- Set works study
- Haydn's Clock symphony and Beatles Sargent Pepper

Unit 2 Performing Music:
- Final ensemble Performance

Unit 3 Composing Music:
- Final composition submissions
Unit 1 Understanding
Music:
- Revision and practise for exam

Click here for the 2017 – 19 Music GCSE specification