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Reading Girls' School

Reading Girls' School


‘Music is a more potent instrument than any other for education because rhythm and harmony find their way into the inward places of the soul’ - Plato

Head of department/faculty: Mr M Greenway

Introduction to Course

Pupils follow the requirements of the National Curriculum at KS3, with lesson content manifest in music reading and listening skills, performing (instrumental and vocal) and composing. Skills are developed with voice, keyboard, piano, ukulele, guitar, bass guitar and drum-kit.

Pupils have the opportunity to listen to, and participate in, performance for the school and wider community.  An appreciation of how different cultures have contributed to popular musical genres today is encouraged and nurtured in our students. Pupils take part in a wide variety of different activities which require social skills, the ability to work collaboratively as part of a pair or group, and as part of their whole class in larger ensembles.

Subject content KS3

Music at key stage three involves a number of exciting projects. Highlights of Year 7 are keyboard topics based around notated pieces where pupils learn to read and play melodic lines with accompanying chords and rhythms patterns. In Year 8, a popular topic that  pupils follow is named ‘Our Choir’. Here, groups in the class practise and rehearse two songs (with accompaniment) and subsequently present a performance of them both. Instrumental skills from Year 7 are further developed and pupils also begin learning guitar chords. The main focus of work in Year 9 is with song writing. Pupils investigate song and chord structure, lyric topics and styles and effectively compose and perform their own songs.

Subject content KS4

This course is a vocational qualification that focuses on aspects of employment within the Music Industry. The nature of Technical Awards is such that it enables pupils to apply learning and skills in a work-related context with the result that such motivation will subsequently open doors to progression into further study and responsibility within the workplace. There are two ‘core’ units; Unit 1 offers an overview of the Music Industry emphasising the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter and Unit 2 that looks at the development of a music product. There is also a mandatory unit that focuses on Music and Production Analysis and then four further optional units chosen from a wider selection.

Exam board KS4: Pearson BTEC Level 2 First Certificate in Music

Typical lesson activities

  •  Instrumental and vocal work
  • Class and individual performances
  • Music technology: recording and sequencing skills
  • Presentations
  • Research (using books, the internet, newspapers etc)
  • Listening
  • Group work

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