At Key Stage 3 pupils are given regular opportunities to perform in class, demonstrating their achievements and growing their confidence in their musical ability. Pupils are encouraged to work in groups to develop their collaborative skills, learning one of the most important characteristics of being a musician. Pupils will also engage in listening and appraising activities. Key Stage 3 music lessons are practical and provide a solid foundation for those pupils who wish to pursue BTEC Level 2 Music.
In Year 7 pupils learn fundamental instrumental skills on both the keyboard and guitar, taking into consideration music history, theory, and culture alongside performing, listening, and appraising. Pupils will learn about: the inter-related dimensions of music; how to read staff notation and guitar tab; how to perform a selection of pieces on the keyboard and guitar; how to listen to music critically and give feedback; how to respond to feedback; compositional devices, such as riffs/ostinatos/loops and ground bass; the Baroque and Classical-Romantic periods; Pop and Rock music.
In Year 8 pupils engage in the study of music for film and the Blues, further developing their knowledge and skills of performing, composing, listening, appraising, and improving their musical literacy. Pupils will learn to: sequence music using a Digital Audio Workstation (DAW); create a soundtrack to a moving image; perform a selection of pieces; perform as a member of an ensemble; appreciate the history and culture surrounding Blues music; improvise; compose a 12 bar Blues.
In Year 9 pupils learn about Rap, Hip-Hop, and Grime during the first cycle of music, reinforcing their knowledge and skills of performing, composing, listening, and appraising, while introducing new musical understanding of contemporary compositional techniques and culture. Pupils will learn to: perform a selection of Grime songs, using an instrument of choice; sequence/arrange pieces by Stormzy; write their own rap/lyrics; compose their own piece of music, using compositional techniques and devices that are salient to the genre; choose to work either independently or co-operatively. The final scheme of learning, Final Term Jam, gives pupils the opportunity to put all the skills they have learnt during Key Stage 3 into practice, culminating in a final performance, composition, or arrangement. Pupils are encouraged to choose their own repertory and to decide for themselves which format their project should take.
Key Stage 4
BTEC music comprises 3 components: exploring musical products and styles, music skills development, and responding to a commercial music brief. Pupils are exposed to an extremely wide range of musical styles, genres, and periods and learn about key features of each. At the same time, pupils develop their musical literacy and understanding of music theory. Pupils complete a number of assignments during Years 10 and 11 which are assessed internally, and there is a final exam in Year 11 which is assessed externally. Lessons at Key Stage 4 are largely practical and involve the use of lots of technology. There is an expectation that pupils who take the BTEC course continue to have instrumental lessons either at school or privately.
Already this year, pupils in Year 10 have taken part in a workshop run by the National Youth Jazz Orchestra and will be involved with an instrumental session delivered by Lancashire Music Service. In November, the Year 10 class will visit the British Music Experience in Liverpool to support and enhance their classroom learning.
Guitar, ukulele, and drum lessons are provided by Mr Parry who is a professional musician and visits Fisher More on a Wednesday.
String, brass, and woodwind lessons are provided by specialists from Lancashire Music Service who visit Fisher More throughout the week.
Instrumental lessons are generally taught in groups during the school day. To minimise the disruption to curriculum lessons and pupil progress, these lessons rotate on a termly schedule.
For further information, or to register for lessons, please contact Mr Cheetham: firstname.lastname@example.org