Music

Music

 A summary of KS3 and its relevance

Music is a universal language that brings people together from all backgrounds and cultures. Ridgeway Academy promotes a life-long enjoyment of the subject, encouraging pupils to explore a broad range of musical styles and develop personal skills. The three main areas of performing, composing and listening use the whole brain in developing hand-eye co-ordination, technical skill, aural perception and creative thinking.
Lessons are delivered in a wide range of task levels to ensure everyone can succeed. We have excellent facilities featuring multiple practice rooms, the main classroom and a large selection of instruments and a busy extra-curricular programme.

A summary of the skills acquired

The Key Stage 3 Music course is designed to equip pupils with a range of performing, composing and listening skills as well as a deep understanding of musical language and processes. Pupils gain experience in keyboard, vocal, guitar, drumming and music technology techniques. Pupils are also able to learn instruments with our instrumental tutors on a one-to-one or small group basis, which can be arranged through the Head of Music.
As young composers, pupils learn to explore their imagination and creativity whilst developing their knowledge and understanding of musical language.
Pupils will also develop analytical skills through a process of evaluation, comparison and critique. Music is a practical subject with a strong academic thread involving music history, music theory, musical devices and conventions. The Key Stage 3 course focuses on skills and knowledge pupils will need at Key Stage four, providing a solid foundation for GCSE Music.

Topics covered in Year 7

  • Cover Songs (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals and Drums)
  • Song Writing (Keyboard, Guitar, Vocals and Drums)
  • Major and Minor (Chords)
  • Pop Rocks (History of Pop Music)
  • Music for Television

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Topics covered in Year 8 

  • Music for Film (Instruments and Music Technology)
  • Composing a Pop Song
  • Latin American Music
  • Rollercoaster
  • Rhythms of The World

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