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Curriculum Intent

Music provides an opportunity for scholars to perform, listen to and evaluate music across a range of musical genres, historical periods, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians throughout time.Scholars will develop confidence as performers through a range of performance opportunities, particularly through keyboard and percussion workshops.They will develop an understanding of ‘how’ music is created through the Elements of Music. They will listen to, discuss and analyse music from a breadth of genres, styles and cultures - understanding ‘how’ music fits into context

Instrumental Music provision

Learning to play a music instrument is a fundamental aspect to developing understanding, but it is also fun. The Trust has undertaken a provision to provide free instrumental lessons to scholars in years 7-9. We provide lessons for guitar, drums, woodwind, brass or string instrument.To support scholars in learning a musical instrument, we provide an opportunity to borrow instruments with no charge. Djanogly City Academy is currently leading the way in terms of providing this provision in the city, and our achievements have been acknowledged by other schools in the district. We have also recently been awarded the Music Mark.

Key Stage 3

Music is a subject that enables you to create, learn, develop and explore your potential. Music offers the opportunity to develop a range of skills, analytical, multi-tasking and creative skills, which are essential for a successful future.  Music also helps scholars to learn about and prepare for the wider world by exploring difficult topics through the use of music, further developing emotional intelligence.

Year 7

Scholars begin their musical journey with an understanding of musical literacy and the elements of music. The skills of performance, composition and musical listening are embedded through practical music-making, using real instruments such as drums and keyboards within the classroom. Projects involve timbre, scales, harmony and structure.

Year 8

Scholars will learn about the building blocks in music. Throughout the year, the scholars will identify and apply musical skills through a range of topics, such as Elements of Music, Voice and Instruments, Melody and Harmony and Form and Structure. Furthermore, scholars will learn and apply the musical theory into practical, compositional and listening analytical situations.

Year 9

Scholars will consolidate, apply and develop further their musical skills which will prepare them for a pathway into Key stage 4. Scholars will learn to undertake creative risks and embark on experimenting and responding to ideas. Through topics such as film music, world music, classical music and music of black origin, scholars will have the opportunity to enhance and consolidate musical skills to a higher level in preparation for Key stage 4 music.


Key Stage 4

Scholars who opt to further their studies in Music will develop their musical performance, composition and listening skills. The course is divided into these 3 sections, but the learning of these is interlinked though a variety of areas of study. Scholars discover the history of music through the study of the concerto through time. They also discover the use of rhythm around the world, discovering the music of India, South America, Africa and the East Mediterranean. Scholars also cover music for film, including video game music, and conventions of popular music. Those studying Music also learn about their instrument and complete a project, including a performance based around this. 

Year 10

Scholars will begin to take part in practical workshops to understand the creative process involved in producing music. The knowledge from key stage 3 will help them explore differing styles and genres. Scholars will learn how to reflect on their progress and apply skills and techniques in order to improve. The two components for assessment will be Exploring the Music Industry and Music Skills Development. A range of skills will be developed and applied in a musical creation, performance or production.

Year 11

During this year, scholars will choose an area of the Industry that appeals to them; a composer, performer or producer and work to a brief in order to fulfil this. Possible responses and ideas for the brief will be investigated and resources to help will be identified. Techniques to develop and refine musical material will be used. Scholars will present their final response to the brief and their outcome which then must be reflected on to show understanding.

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