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Music

Music lessons are an hour every week in which pupils have opportunities to sing and play a wide variety of styles of music. All pupils throughout the course are given opportunities to sing and play on a number of instruments, including keyboards, guitars and percussion. They work as soloists, pairs and in small groups throughout all listening, performing and composing tasks.

We offer a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities from Vocal Group, Percussion Group and Ukulele Group through to Song Writing Club and Jazz Band. These activities culminate in regular performances including concerts, workshops and musicals.

We offer instrumental lessons with Shropshire Music Service. There are eight teachers currently working in Idsall offering keyboard, guitar, brass, percussion, woodwind, string lessons and singing lessons. So, if you already have instrumental lessons or if you want to take up the opportunity of playing an instrument, we’d love to meet you and get these opportunities set up for you.

If you want to know more about Idsall Music Department, then come and see us.   Whatever your talent, whatever your skill, come and enjoy music with us!

The following is an outline of the topics covered per half term.

Music at Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn 1

Bridging Unit

Autumn 2

Medieval Music

Spring 1

Musical Clichés

Spring 2

The Orchestra

Summer 1

African Drumming

Summer 2

Major/Minor

Year 8

Autumn 1

Samba

Autumn 2

Minimalism

Spring 1

20th Century

Spring 2

Major/Minor Revisited

Summer 1

Gamelan

Summer 2

Performance

Year 9

Autumn 1

Dance

Autumn 2

Musical Futures Stage 1

Spring 1

Jazz and Blues

Spring 2

Soundtracks

Summer 1

Pop Composition

Summer 2

Musical Futures Stage 2

Music at Key Stage 4

There are three elements to GCSE Music:

Composing 30% coursework
Performing 30% coursework
Listening 40% one exam

Students study a wide range of styles and genres of music developing their performing skills in both a solo and a group context: students will be encouraged to explore a range of compositional starting points and turn them into completed pieces of music and students develop their listening and appraising skills through the study of music across a variety of styles and genres.

This all culminates in the production of two compositions and two performances, as well as one exam answering questions on the 8 set works as well as wider listening pieces.

Styles and Genres covered :   Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen & Fusions. 

Year 10

Autumn 1

Music for stage and screen

Autumn 2

Music for stage and screen

Spring 1

Vocal music

Spring 2

Vocal music

Summer 1

Instrumental music 1700-1820

Summer 2

Instrumental music 1700-1820

Year 11

Autumn 1

Instrumental music 1700-1820

Autumn 2

Fusion

Spring 1

Fusion

Spring 2

Revision and further listening analysis

Summer 1

Revision and Further Listening Analysis

Summer 2

For further advice or to find out more about the Music curriculum at Idsall School, please contact Mrs. H. Shaw.