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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

Improvisation based on pentatonic scale

Performance work.

Listening Test.

Summer Term

 

 

1

Music and Culture

12 Bar Blues Listening and composition work.

End of year listening test.

2

Performance project

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

Listening Test.

Assessments:

Autumn Term

Topic

Type of Assessment

CAT 1

History of Popular Music

Performance.

CAT 2

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 

Junior Choir

School Choir

Wind Band

Junior Percussion Ensemble

Junior Brass Ensemble

Concert Band
Junior Big Band 

 

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