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​Music

The Department is housed in its own classroom block along with the Drama Studio; there are two classrooms, three practice rooms, a recording suite and music studio equipped with Sibelius 6 and Reason. The Music Department at OPGS is busy and vibrant. In addition to class teaching, we run a very busy and diverse programme of extra-curricular activities in school time, catering for all musical interests and levels of attainment. Other activities include Battle of The Bands, House Music Competition, Stars in Their Eyes, Concerts and Recitals as well as a school production in partnership with the Drama Department.

Key Stage 3

Subject Content

Years 7 and 8

Pupils explore music through a range of practical activities using classroom instruments, keyboards and the voice. Working in pairs and larger groups, they use sounds descriptively, rhythmically and melodically to create compositions. They learn performance skills through a variety of topics and develop an analytical ear through listening and appraising Music.

YEAR 7 TOPICSYEAR 8 TOPICS

TERM 1: WHAT MAKES A GOOD SONG

TERM 2: LATIN BEAT

TERM 3: THE FOLK TRADITION

TERM 4: RHYTHMS OF THE NILE

SUMMER TERM: PERFORMANCE UNIT – ALL YEAR 7s PERFORM IN THE SUMMER CONCERT

 

TERM 1: REGGAE

TERM 2: MAKING CONNECTIONS

TERM 3: GOING SOLO

TERM 4: JAZZ IMPROVISATION

TERM 5: PROGRAMME MUSIC

TERM 6: FILM MUSIC

 

Extension and Enrichment

Acorn Band, Guitar and Ukulele clubs, Choir.

Key Stage 4 GCSE

Exam Board and Subject Content

Exam Board: AQA

The main object of the course is to stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of all types of music through an active involvement in the essential musical activities of listening, performing and composing.

Music is broken into five Areas of StudyStudy involves three main Strands
Rhythm & MetreThe Western Classical Tradition
Harmony & TonalityPopular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries
Texture & MelodyWorld Music
Timbre & Dynamics 
Structure & Form 

 

UNIT 1 LISTENING AND APPRAISING – 20% of total marks

UNIT 2 COMPOSING AND APPRAISING – 20% of total marks

UNIT 3 PERFORMING MUSIC – 40% of total marks

UNIT 4 COMPOSING MUSIC – 20% of total marks

 

Extension and Enrichment

Oakwood Band, Advanced Guitar Club, Advanced Ukulele Club, Wind Band. Concert visits.

A Level/Pre-U

Music Pre-U and Music Technology A Level offered. Music Pre-U comprises a combination of performing, composing and listening. Music Technology comprises a combination of sequencing, recording, listening to and understanding Popular Music Styles since 1910. Currently, we are the only school in Maidstone offering Music and Music Technology courses in the 6th Form.

More detail on the a-level course can be found here