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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 Music
Term 1Rhythm  
Students will explore ways of reading and writing music, using graphic scores and traditional notation. Students will learn about African percussion instruments and perform polyrhythms in groups using djembes. Composition: Whole class and group rhythmic composition. Whole class singing. Performance: Rhythmic performances using "circles and boxes" and standard notation Application: Learn about the African musical tradition. A study of pulse, tempo and rhythm.
Assessment: Rhythmic performances using percussion instrumentsKey Words and Terms
Term 2Find Your Voice 
Students will learn to use their voices in a variety of ways, including call and response singing, canons and multi-part harmony pieces. They will learn different vocal styles including SATB and beatboxing. They will learn to analyse and vocally recreate pieces of music. Composition: Small group vocal arrangements of popular songs. Performance: Vocal performances in a range of styles. Leading up to whole class singing in the Christmas concert App: Critical listening to a variety of vocal music. ICT: Using mobile technology for recording and looping vocal sounds.
Assessment: Vocal perfomance assessment in groupsKey Words and Terms
Term 3Melody and the Keyboard 
Students will learn to read and perform melody lines by reading musical notation in the treble clef. They will learn about the structure of the keyboard, and how melody lines are composed. Performance: Whole class and paired keyboard performances. Whole class singing of well known melody lines. App: Analyse the use of melody in pieces from different styles and contexts.
Assessment: Performance assessment of a piece of keyboard musicKey Words and Terms
Term 4Elements of Music and the Orchestra 
Students will learn about the building blocks of music; pitch, duration, dynamics, timbre, tempo, structure, texture and silence. They will develop critical listening skills and build their musical vocabulary. They will learn about the instruments of the orchestra and it’s role in classical music Composition: Short composition to demonstrate use of the elements of music App: Students will explore the elements of music by studying a wide variety of classical musical extracts, culminating in a critical listening assessment task.
Assessment: Listening assessment focussing on the elements of musicKey Words and Terms
Term 5Chinese Music (and the Pentatonic Scale)  
A look at Asian instruments and the development of various Asian musical styles. Students will focus on the characteristics of Chinese music (including the pentatonic scale) and compose a piece influenced by the Chinese style. Composition: Students will compose a piece using music technology for traditional instruments using the pentatonic scale. Performance: Students will perform several traditional vocal and keyboard pieces. App: Through a study of Asian music students will deconstruct the musical processes involved in its composition, and develop vocabulary and understanding of music outside the Western tradition. ICT: Composition using Logic Pro, focusing on composing pentatonic melodies with drone accompaniment.
Assessment: Pentatonic composition using Music TechnologyKey Words and Terms
Term 6Musical Chords 
Students will learn how chords are constructed, and learn sequences common to popular music. They will develop their ensemble performing skills through group work. Performance: Small group and whole class singing with a chordal accompaniment. Performing in ensembles. App: Ear training listening exercises to recognise common chord patterns, and analysis of their use in popular music.
Assessment: Performance using keyboard chords, percussion and vocals.Key Words and Terms