Music

The Music Department is a busy, lively place with all sorts of music echoing from the basement. The Music Department benefits from ‘state of the art’ specialist facilities including three practice rooms and a digital recording studio. The department enjoys a long standing tradition of excellence in extra-curricular music and has a school choir, guitar club and soul band. Regular concerts and performances are highlights of the school calendar. 


DEEP Curriculum Overview

At Venerable Bede CE Academy, in line with our DEEP curriculum, the pupils follow an interesting and diverse programme of study in Music. At the heart of all lessons is a desire to express Music practically, but always reinforced with theoretical study. In Years 7 and 8, Music is essentially a practical and creative subject which draws on a wide range of musical cultures, genres and traditions. Pupils are engaged in performing, composing and listening activities over a wide range of units which draw on co-operative learning, practical skills, independent study and creativity. All pupils receive one hour of Music each week.

Pupils learn to perform, compose and critically appraise music from various cultures and styles, including their own. They study music from the western classical tradition through to current dance and popular music styles. Pupils will study a variety of topics including the musical elements, basic notation, keyboard skills, singing, remix, popular music, ternary form and many more. There is a strong focus on literacy, especially subject specific vocabulary. All pupils perform their music, including singing, to the class.

Pupils are encouraged to learn to play an instrument and all instrumental disciplines are available through the school. There are many opportunities for pupils at the Venerable Bede to develop their musical ability and awareness if they decide to take part.

In GCSE Music (AQA) pupils will continue to develop the three core components. They will be expected to perform for four minutes, both as a soloist and as part of an ensemble and create two different pieces of original music – one free choice style composition and one set to a brief by the exam board. Pupils must be able to listen attentively to unfamiliar music from different styles and genres to identify and accurately describe musical elements, musical contexts and musical language

Topics / Areas of Study

Year 7

  • Musical Elements (rhythm & improvisation)
  • Basic Notation (pitch)
  • Notation/Keyboard skills (tempo, dynamics & composition)
  • Solo Performance (recorder project)
  • Instruments of the Orchestra (timbre & ensemble performance)
  • Singing & The Voice (techniques)

Year 8

  • What Makes A Good Performance?
  • Extended Notation
  • Pachelbel Remix
  • Popular Music (introduction to Sibelius)
  • Performing & Composing Melodies
  • Arrangements

Year 9

  • Solo Performance
  • Group Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Initial composition ideas
  • Ground Bass Composition

Year 10

  • Solo Performance
  • Group Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Free Composition
  • Listening
  • Study pieces

Year 11

  • Solo Performance
  • Group Performance
  • Music Theory
  • Brief Composition
  • Listening Revision
  • Revision & preparation for final exam