The Music Department Schemes of Work focus on the key areas of Listening, Performing and Composing. Pupils’ reading and listening skills are developed through greater use of notation and dictation skills starting from Pre-Prep. The Lower Preps (8s-10s) develop notation skills and general performing and listening skills, identifying families of instruments, keeping to a regular beat, and using different structures in composition. The Upper Preps learn more about different styles of Music including popular music and begin to structure their compositions around melodic devices and harmonic sequences. The 13s prepare for GCSE Music by developing key performing, composing and listening skills and studying minimalism, variations, African Music and 32 bar song form in depth.
The Pre-prep classes learn the basics of music notation including rhythm and staff notation. They learn to use classroom instruments and play and sing expressively with an understanding of rhythm, dynamics and tempo.
The Lower Preps develop their musical; understanding through short projects using the ideas learnt in Pre-Prep to compose their own pieces and understand music in different styles, including music from other cultures.
The Upper Preps learn more about notation through performance tasks and compose more extended pieces. They study the origins of pop music through Blues music and work on their improvisation skills.
The senior students begin to prepare fro the CGSE course with more intensive work on composition skills, notation and understanding music by using key terminology. The GCSE course includes the study of set works from different music eras and different cultures as well as composing and performing coursework.
Edexcel AS Music: set works from the instrumental and vocal lists. 4 part harmony and aural recognition of chords, cadences and modulations; Composition skills including idiomatic instrumental writing, structural and developmental techniques.
Edexcel A2 Music: set works from Instrumental and Applied Music; two composition and technical study set tasks: listening and historical study related to the set works.