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Curriculum - Music

Students in year 7 & 8 do the following topics:

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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. The aim of students’ music education at HVH is to engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. 

Throughout years 7 and 8, students will have a practical experience of music through a weekly 50 minute lesson with a music specialist. They will have the opportunity to play a variety of instruments; listen to and appreciate a wide range of music; perform in a solo and group setting and compose regularly. Students will use music technology when appropriate to enhance their learning.   

Students will study: 

Autumn 1: Musical Elements

Y7 – Through listening, singing, playing, composing and practical activities students learn about the musical elements of duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture and structure.

Y8 – Students will develop their knowledge of the musical elements, beginning to use conventional notation to perform and record their own ideas.

Autumn 2: Christmas Music

Y7 – Students will listen to and appraise Christmas music from around the world. They will play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using voices and a range of percussion instruments.

Y8 – Students will extend their knowledge to encompass Christmas music from different historical periods. They will learn to play simple melodies and accompaniments on the keyboard and will perform in a range of contexts.

Spring 1: Blues Music

Y7 – Students will listen to a range of blues music and begin to recognise its key features. They will learn to sing and to use voices to create and compose words and music on own and with others, inspired by the blues genre.

Y8 – Students will perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of blues periods, genres, styles and traditions. They will learn to play a blues scale and work with others to create music based on the blues structure.

Spring 2: Music and Media

Y7 – Students will explore the use of music and sound effects in cartoon, film, TV and computer games. They will They will learn about the sound effects work of Foley artists and add sound effects to a cartoon clip. They will create their own storyboard with sound effects and musical motifs.

Y8 – Students will analyse more carefully how music and sound effects are used in cartoon, film, TV and computer games. They will use keyboards and a range of percussion instruments to compose music for their own storyboard.

Summer 1: The Horrible History of Music

Y7 – Students will find out about music through the ages by exploring some of history’s most “interesting” instruments and performers. They will experiment with different ways of performing using voices and mixed percussion.

Y8 – Students will evaluate unusual compositions from around the world and different historical periods. They will use voices and instruments to create their own unusual pieces, and notate them using their own symbols.

Summer 2: Carnival

Y7 – Students will explore and appraise carnival and samba music, using the film “Rio” as a starting point. They will revise and celebrate the year’s work in designing their own carnival floats and creating music for performance.

Y8 – Students will listen to and evaluate a range of world music, beginning with samba and carnival. They will share their own favourite musical styles and genres to revise and celebrate their year’s work, recording, performing and celebrating success.