The Music Curriculum

Autumn Term
Spring Term
Summer Term
Year 4Theory – Time values; crotchet, quaver, minim (and rests)/Time signatures 4/4 and 3/4/Bar-lines/ Treble clef/ Pitch names on the staveAural – Simple rhythm in 4-time

Listening – Instruments of the orchestra. (Practical demonstrations) The music of Purcell

Composing – Rhythms in 4-time/ Melodies using the Pentatonic scale

Performing – Keyboard exercises

Theory – Time values; semibreve (and rest)/Ties and dotsAural – Simple rhythms/ spotting differences through reading and listening

Listening – The music of Handel

Composing – Rhythms in 3-time/ Melodies using the notes A-E/ Simple structure

Performing – Keyboard exercises

Theory –Accidentals/Intervals/Tones & Semitones/Degrees of the scale/ Key signatures of C and G majorAural – Simple rhythms and short melodic shapes

Listening – The music of JS Bach

Composing – Creating rhythm patterns with balancing phrases

Performing – Songs for the Year 4 production/ Class workshop/ Pre-Prep concert

Year 5Theory – Bass clef/Note recognition (to two ledger lines)/Scales of C, G and F major/Chord constructionAural – Simple rhythm and melodies in steps.

Listening – The music of Vivaldi

Composing – Melodies which fit a given chord sequence

Performing – Songs from various musicals /Keyboard exercises

Theory – Circle of FifthsAural – Following a chord sequence/Discrimination

Listening – I will survive

Composing – Short (2-bar) melodies to be used in a sequential passage

Performing – Short arrangements based on the circle of 5ths / Songs for the Year 5 production

Theory – Major and Minor scale construction/The degrees of the scale and intervals (recap)Aural – Scale patterns

Listening – The music of Mozart

Composing – Using ‘Garage Band’ to create song introductions

Performing – Class workshop

Year 6Theory – Compound time/grouping of notes/Major & Minor keys up to 4 sharps and flatsAural – Compound rhythmsListening – Nightbirds/America The music of Beethoven

Composing – Improvisations on the circle of fifths (up and down the scale)

Performing – Up and down the scale/ singing (playing) Nightbirds

Theory – Preparation and revision for any grade examAural – Perfect and Interrupted cadencesListening – PowerPoint presentations on Beethoven

Composing – Chord sequences of 8 bars ending with perfect and interrupted cadences

Performing – The slow movement from Beethoven’s Symphony No.7

Theory – Examination (any grade from 1-5) (internal or external)Aural – Imperfect cadencesListening – Various songs

Composing – Creating melodies to fit the chord sequences from the spring term/ Song writing, using Garage Band

Performing – Solo preparation for workshops

Year 7Theory – Diminished, Augmented and Compound Chords / Passing notesAural – Cadences (all types)/ Identifying passing notes Listening – Programme music of the 19th-20th centuries

Composing – Using passing notes to create a variation on a theme

Performing – Preparation for Concerts at Christmas

Year Group in SauveterreAural – Film Music Genres/ Describing musicListening – Film Music; Planets Suite/ Star Wars/Schindler’s ListComposing – Short pieces which capture a mood/working to a Timeline

Performing – Small ensemble arrangements of a Film Theme

Year 8Theory – Blues scales/chord construction/12-Bar Blues structureAural – Swing and straight 8 patterns/Working with a grooveListening – Blues pieces/The music of Gershwin

Composing – Blues improvisations and accompaniment patterns

Performing – Preparation for Concerts at Christmas/Original compositions

Theory – Ostinato/Pedal/SequenceAural – DiscriminationListening – Heart of the sunrise/Evergreen/Firebird Suite

Composing – Songs using Garage Band Performing – Exercises on keyboard illustrating ostinato, pedal notes and sequences

Performing – Preparation for Scholars’ and Speech Day Concerts

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