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Cirencester Deer Park School

Cirencester Deer Park School

Music

Music encompasses Performance, Composition and Listening skills. It is the aim of the Music department to develop all three of these skills in a variety of ways, providing a balanced, exciting curriculum that embraces music from all over the world and also music spanning the last 200 years right up to the present day!

Find out about each Key Stage in Music:

KS3 Music 

Pupils in Key Stage 3 learn largely through practical projects, giving them opportunities to develop compositionperforming and listening skills. A music concept will regularly be learnt and explored through a practical task. During the three years, from Year 7 to Year 9, pupils will cover a wide variety of different aspects of music understanding. In lessons pupils will be encouraged to build on their own musical creativity, in addition to developing their independent learning skills. Areas covered in Music across Key Stage 3 are:

Year 7
The Elements of Music
Form and Structure
Theory into Practice 
Music Technology 
Composition Techniques

Year 8
The Blues 
Hooks and Riffs
Indian Music 
Theme and Variations 
Music of the Caribbean
Band skills

Year 9
Film Music 
Band Workshop 
History of Pop 
Song Writing


Year 7

The Elements of Music

  • Introduction to the Elements of Music
  • Practical exploration of the Elements of music
  • Pitch and Rhythm games used to build musical confidence
  • Introduction to keyboard skill
  • Instrument of the orchestra
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Form and Structure

  • Looking in to why music needs structure
  • Finding out what form means in music
  • Finding out the names of musical structures
  • Using diagrams to show structures
  • Composing music in a structure
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Theory into Practice 

  • Explore and understand different forms of notation.
  • Develop understanding of western notation, including Treble and Bass Clef
  • Develop focused listening skills.
  • Gain a fundamental understanding of how chords are constructed. Understand other musical symbols

Music Technology

  • Understand the basic functions of a sequencer including setting up a track and assigning sounds
  • Understand the concepts of samples, loops and chords
  • Composing and arranging music using Garageband software. Use basic editing features of cut, copy, paste 
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Composition Techniques

  • How to use ostinati effectively
  • Different ways to start and end a piece
  • Develop knowledge of chords
  • How to add a melody to a chord sequence
  • How to compose music to an image
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Year 8

The Blues 

  • The history of the Blues
  • Instruments common in Blues music
  • 12 Bar Blues chord structure
  • How to use a Blues chord sequence
  • Improvising over a Blues chord sequence
  • Creating some Blues lyrics
  • Composing a Blues Song
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Hooks and Riffs

  • Develop understanding of the some basic functions of a sequencer, developing on content covered in Year 7
  • Understand the concepts of chords, riffs, drum sequencing
  • Composing and arranging music using Garageband software
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Indian Music 

  • Learning about Indian culture
  • Learning the concepts of Raga,Tala, Gat and drone
  • Creating your own Raga
  • Creating your own Tala part
  • Creating your own Gat
  • Composing your own Indian composition
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Theme and Variations 

  • Understand the concepts of Theme and Variations
  • Learn a given theme
  • Develop a series of variations using the elements of music
  • Perform Theme and Variations
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Band skills

  • Learning some guitar, bass, drums, keyboard skills
  • Learning how to read common notation for band instruments
  • Learn to perform pop songs
  • Perform with other instrumentalist
  • Focus on ensemble skills
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Year 9

Film Music 
  • Explore and analyse the way music is used in films
  • Create film music using common techniques that film composers use
  • Study specific examples of effective film music
  • Compose music for a film clip using live footage
  • Use music technology to create sound effects and film music in a unified way
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Band Workshop 

  • Learn to play some common riffs on the Guitar, Bass, Keyboard and Drums
  • Develop understanding of tablature (a form of notation specifically for the guitar)
  • Be able to play simple parts as part of a band
  • Understand the structures used in Pop/Rock music
  • Evaluate your own work and the work of others

Song Writing

  • Understanding the importance of Pop Song structure
  • Creating an effective Pop Song accompaniment
  • Creating effective rhyming structure for lyrics
  • Using recording software to record and edit your song

KS4 Music 

Pupils will learn through a balance of practical tasks and study. For example, often a concept is learnt and explored through a practical task. During the course pupils will cover four areas of study:

  • Instrumental Music 1700-1820
  • Vocal Music
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Fusions (World)

The course is broken up into 3 elements: Composition, Performance and Listening and Appraising. The assessment of the course is mostly coursework based and is a continual process. The course encourages students to develop their understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music.

Studying Music will give students the opportunities to:

  • Develop their compositional and arranging skills
  • Learn how to use the music technology software GarageBand
  • Develop their instrumental skills
  • Study music from different times, places and cultures

Below is a breakdown of how the course is assessed and what is required for each component of the course:

30% Composition
Composition of 2 contrasting pieces with a total playing time not exceeding 5 minutes. Written evaluation of composition process and connections with area of study. Internally assessed, externally moderated.

30% Performance
Singing or playing a solo, accompanied or unaccompanied, with technical control, expression and interpretation. Performing a significant individual part which is not doubled, in an ensemble. Internally assessed, externally moderated.

40% Listening and Appraising
Listening paper (June of Year 11) - 1½ hours. Analysing and evaluating music using a musical terminology. Pupils will study eight set works in class across the two years. They will then be asked about this in an exam, and you will need to make comparisons with other pieces of music.