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Year 7

 

Learning outcomes

In Year 7, students will explore the foundations of music making. They will develop an understanding of the elements of music through predominantly practical lessons. They will develop their keyboard and drumming skills. In addition, they will use music technology to support the process of composing music in response to a given brief.

Topics taught

  • Musical elements
  • Keyboard skills
  • Drumming skills
  • Vocal works
  • The Blues
  • Dance music

Year 8

 

Learning outcomes

During Year 8, students will build upon skills developed during Year 7. They will develop their keyboard skills and will explore different instruments from the bass and electric guitar as well as the drum kit. Students will develop a greater understanding of the role of music within media and will develop specific compositional techniques. 

Topics taught

  • Dance music
  • Song writing
  • Music and the media
  • Reggae
  • Rock school/personalised project

Year 9

 

Learning outcomes

In Year 9, students start to follow the RSL Music Performance course. There will be a strong emphasis on developing a thorough understanding of the theory of music. This will include a range of theoretical skills from note reading to understanding how scales and chords are constructed. In addition, students will focus on their chosen instrument. They will be developing their skills and broadening their repertoire. This will be done through a range of assignments set throughout the year. They will be expected to perform to an audience and select appropriate music for their current level.

Topics taught

  • Music theory
  • Music rehearsal skills
  • Organising a musical event

Year 11

 

Learning outcomes

In their final year, students will be refining their performance skills in preparation for their final assessment. In addition, students will be learning about compositional devices whilst broadening their knowledge of music theory. They will then begin the process of composing their own ideas in response to given briefs. This will require them to refine their work and ensure that a range of compositional devices are used effectively.

Topics taught

  • Unit 4 Introducing music composition
  • Unit 5 Introducing music performance