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Music KS3 Curriculum

Curriculum Intent 

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Themes(knowledge & understanding)
  • The Elements of Music 
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Music theory 
  • Music form & structures
  • Music history
  • World Music Observational drawing
  • Singing
  • Performing
  • Composing
  • Listening & Appraising 

Modules Taught

Year 7
Year 8
Year 9

Bridging the Gap
Elements of Music
Graphic score notation
Instruments of the Orchestra

World Music 1
African Music exploring the art of Djembe drumming and African part-sing

  • Call & response
  • Close harmony
  • Poly-rhythmic playing

Samba Music exploring percussive polyrhythmic ensemble playing.

  • Samba instruments
  • Role of a leader
  • Ensemble awareness

Musical Forms and Structures
Exploring the basic elements of composition 

  • Binary and ternary forms.
  • Tradition music notation. 
  • Keyboard development

Reggae Music

  • Developing ensemble playing; keyboard skills and recognition of syncopated rhythms.
  • Understanding chord formations and importance of the bassline.

 Musical Theatre
Exploring a range of musical theatre genres dating back to the Golden Age - present day.

  • West Side story songs and musical interludes
  • Hamilton - spoken word and rhythmical writing
  • The great composer duos and their works.

Celtic Music
Exploring the melodic development and structure of folk-dance music .

  • Introducing compound time signatures and the style of the Gigue, including improvisation and ornamentation.   

Programme Music
Exploring the works of Saint-Saens, Smetana and Mahler (Listening & Appraising)

  • Creating and composing based on thematic stimuli




History of Popular Music 1
1950’s - 60’s Blues and Rock’n’roll music

  • 12 Bar Blues, Swung Rhythm, Improvisation, Walking Bass, Comping
  • Importance of lyrical content and historical and social links
  • British Invasion  -  The Beatles songs

History of Popular Music 2
1970’s - 80s Protest songs

  • Importance of lyrical content and historical and social links
  • Songwriting

Rock Anthems from:

  • Queen
  • Abba

History of Popular Music
Modern day Artists and the range of music genres influenced by social and political issues; and the impact of the fashion industry on today’s music.

  • Independent learning projects.













  • Summative assessment of individual and / or ensemble performances and compositions assignments.
  • IPM assessments based on summative and formative assessments 
  • Formative assessment at the end of each unit - based on either, listening & appraising, performing and / or composing
  • Continuous one to one diagnostic / verbal feedback in lessons 
  • Peer and self-assessment in lessons

Stretch & Challenge

  • Students encouraged to engage in extracurricular activities
  • Open assignments – enabling further challenge and extension to be carried out.
  • Students given opportunities to lead and direct group tasks and work independently.

Enrichment Opportunities

  • Choir
  • Orchestra 
  • Theatre visits
  • Music competitions
  • Tri-borough Music events advertised throughout the year