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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Music
Term 1The Ukulele 
Students will look at chordophones, and – in particular – the ukulele, exploring its history and common uses. They will learn to play chords, develop strumming and picking techniques, and build rehearsal and performance skills. Composition: For their performances, students will arrange and adapt popular songs for the ukulele Performance: Students will perform in small groups playing chords to accompany sung performances. App: Students will learn the history of chordophones and the ukulele, and analyse their use in a wide range of musical extracts
Assessment: Group performance using ukulele and vocalsKey Words and Terms
Term 2Song Writing 
Students will explore approaches to pop and rock song writing, looking in particular at composing music for occasions. Covers melody, chord sequences, structure and lyric writing. Composition: Students will build compositional skills including lyric writing and a study of melody and harmony. They will compose an original piece collaboratively. Performance: Whole class performances and group deconstructions of popular songs. App: Students will deconstruct and examine popular songs, and apply lessons learned in their own compositions.
Assessment: Original song compositionKey Words and Terms
Term 320th Century Art Music  
Students will study the evolution of 20th century art music and atonality, and it's impact on music history. Composition: Students will compose and perform minimalist pieces, and use sequencing and audio manipulation software to produce original soundscapes Performance: Small group and whole class performances of minimalist pieces. App: Students will compare and evaluate various forms of experimental music,and analyse it's influence. ICT: Audio recording and manipulation skills in Logic Pro
Assessment: Experimental soundscape compositionKey Words and Terms
Term 4The Blues   
A study of jazz and the blues, looking at its development, cultural context, and influence. Focus on the 12 bar blues structure and improvising in the blues scale. Composition: 12 bar blues composition, including improvisation. Performance: Students will develop keyboard and improvisational skills, and demonstrate these in paired performances. App: Students will look into the cultural history of the Blues, and analyse how this is reflected in the music.
Assessment: Keyboard performance including improvisationKey Words and Terms
Term 5Music for Dance 
Students will look at the history of music composed for dance, focusing particularly on modern dance music. Composition: Modern dance composition using keyboards and sequencing software, focusing on suitability for purpose. App: Students will compare music composed for dance from throughout the history, examining it's fitness for purpose and cultural context. ICT: Synthesis and drum/ostinato programming in Logic Pro.
Assessment: Dance music composition using music technologyKey Words and Terms
Term 6World Music: Caribbean  
A look at the history of music from the West Indies, and how it has affected popular music of today. Focus on reggae and learning to play a popular song, including vocals, tune and chords. Performance: In small groups students will perform arrangements of popular reggae songs using instruments of their choice. App: Students will analyse reggae's influence on other musical styles, and be able to explain the construction of a song using musical terminology.
Assessment: Reggae performances in bandsKey Words and Terms