The King's School Grantham

Isaac Newton's School

    Year 8 Music Curriculum

    Key topics to be taught this year: History of popular music; Structure; Theory and Notation; Famous Classical Pieces

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Further details about the topic

    1

    History of Popular Music

    Develop notation, performance skills (vocal and instrumental) and theory of chords/harmony. Listening work on history of popular music.

    2

    Composing

    Using popular songs to develop use of melody, chords and harmony.

    Spring Term

     

     

    1

    Structures in Music

    Developing listening skills.

    Performing in a ternary style. Listening Test.

    2

    Structures in Music

    Mozart Horn Concerto and other well known classical pieces. Performance work.

    Listening Test.

    Summer Term

     

     

    1

    Music and Culture

    12 Bar Blues Listening and composition work.

    2

    Performance project

    Developing solo performance skills

    End of year listening test.

    Assessments:

    Autumn Term

    Topic

    Type of Assessment

    CAT 1

    History of Popular Music

    Performance.

    Spring Term

     

     

    CAT 2

    Structures in Music

    Listening test.

    Summer Term

     

     

    CAT 3

    Music and Culture

    End of year exam.

    Main Resources:

    Resource

    Details

    Term 

    Text books

    Music Matters 11 – 14 Book 2 by Chris Hiscock and Marian Metcalfe

    All

    Recommended reading

    The AB guide to Music Theory Part 1 by Eric Taylor

    All

    Equipment

    Own/ school instrument

    All

    Enrichment opportunities:

    Activity 

    School Choir

    Wind Band

    Junior Percussion Ensemble

    Junior Brass Ensemble

    Concert Band
    Junior Big Band