Music

What pupils are learning about in Music.
  Year 6 Year 7 Year 8
Autumn 1 Understanding instruments of the orchestra. Learning to improve vocal performance work. Keyboards in the Classroom. (Understanding the concept of playing chords using all functions on classroom keyboards). Renaissance Music (Appreciating music of a different time through group performance work).
Autumn 2 Understanding the basic principles of classroom keyboards. (Composition & performance ideas). Keyboards in the Classroom. Renaissance Music.
Spring 1 Music express: ‘Songwriter’ Unit. (Exploring relationship between lyrics & melody – including The Blues). Songwriting. (Learning about the key skills in writing & performing your own song). Reggae Music. (Identifying/exploring musical devices found in reggae through group practical performance work).
Spring 2 Music express: ‘Cyclic patterns’ Unit. (Understanding the use of cyclic patterns in music – particularly Indonesian Gamelan). Songwriting. Reggae Music. (Identifying/exploring musical devices found in reggae through group practical performance work).
Summer 1 Music express: ‘Stars, hide your fires’ Unit. (Learning to perform as a whole class ensemble combining voices and instruments). Latin American Music. (Performance/composition). Improvisation. (Exploring the use of improvisation in a range of diverse musical traditions from around the world).
Summer 2 Music express: ‘Stars, hide your fires’ Unit. The Folk Tradition. Improvisation.

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