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Music

At Shoeburyness we run a successful music department, with a tradition of good wind and choral ensembles.

In year 7 we teach:

  • Basic knowledge – Instruments of the orchestra.
  • Musical Elements
  • Note reading
  • Rhythm reading
  • How to write a melody using notation.

We also run a band method programme that enables students to learn wind instruments as part of their KS3 curriculum. They will learn:

  • Band Method – Basic skills.
  • Learning to read and play music on selected instrument.
  • Learning music theory (above and beyond simple notation)

In year 8 we teach:

  • Basic Knowledge – Intervals and chords
  • Compositional techniques (Ostinatos, Fanfares and Call and Response)
  • Continue how to read and play pieces of Music (simple)

Band Method students will:

  • Band Method – Intermediate
  • Learning to play both solo and ensemble music pre-grade 1/grade 1.  (AOS1 GCSE)
  • Learning music theory (grade 1)

In year 9 we teach:

  • Basic Knowledge –  Learning about more popular GCSE components AOS 4 and 5 (Jazz, Disco and Film)
  • Continued recall of notation, sequencing.
  • Last term spent on AOS5 conventions of rock and pop – 1950’s to present day.

Band Method students will:

  • Band Method – Intermediate
  • Learning to play both solo and ensemble music (for some) grade 3 and 4.  (AOS1 GCSE)
  • Learning music theory (grade 2)
  • Using computer software Logic to begin using learnt theory skills to complete GCSE styled compositions from set briefs.

At GCSE level (KS4) students will learn:

  • Knowledge – AOS 1 – solo and ensemble performances. Composition (Coursework)
  • AOS2 – Concerto through time
  • AOS3 – Rhythms of the world
  • AOS 4 – Film and Game Music
  • AOS5 – Conventions of Rock and Pop

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P. Heron       Head of Subject: Music

E. Harper       Head of Faculty:Creative Arts