What will students study this term?
Year 7 – Folk Music. During this unit, pupils will develop their knowledge and understanding of folk music as a musical genre. This unit also develops pupils’ ability to analyse, create and perform their own musical arrangements of traditional folk songs. They listen to examples of folk music from different times and different places and compare the use of instruments, musical elements and compositional devices used.
Year 8 – Recycled Rhythms. This unit begins by looking at how “junk” and “recyclable” objects can be used as percussion instruments and explores the different timbres available from these non-conventional sound sources. Pupils watch and listen to a number of performances by percussion groups such as STOMP and Weapons of Sound, to see how they have used “junk” objects to create percussive pieces using elements of music such as rhythm, ostinato, beat/pulse, how a piece is structured and how different “junk” percussion timbres have been selected and combined to create an intended effect.
What assessment will students do this term?
The year 7 pupils will perform as part of small ensembles and arrange their own folk songs using features they have learned from the unit.
Year 8 Pupils create their own “junk” percussion piece – here, the stimulus is “The Kitchen”, but this can be adapted to other musical or non-musical starting points.
What homelearning will be set this term?
Both year groups will be set research and practice tasks throughout the course of the term.
What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?
Year 7’s should continue using the YouTube link to help learn the piece set in class.
Year 8’s should practice creating rhythms at home using every day objects, similar to that of Stomp.
What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Students should look to take up an instrument to help their learning of notation, rhythm, and performance.
What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?
Any other information you would like included onto your Faculty area?
Music tuition is available for Piano, Vocals, Drums and Guitar, and all students are able to apply for a place.