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Music is a subject within the Performing Arts Faculty that allows students to undertake a wide range of musical performances both inside the classroom and through a number of extra-curricular opportunities.  Music focuses on the three key elements: Listening, Performing and Appraising. These strands are taught throughout the scheme of work and are assessed periodically in a variety of ways.

Key Stage 3

TermYear 7
Year 8
Year 9
1Rhythms and Pulse: The Elements of Music SoundscapesTime Keeping: Marches and Waltzes
Pentatonic Scales
Arabic Music
Music and Media: The role of music in film
Star Wars
2Instruments of the Orchestra: Basic Keyboard SkillsGraphis Scores
Theme and Variations
3Culture and Ritual: Music from around the world
Changing Places: Melody writing
Atmospheric Music
Melody writing: Composing lullabies
Voiceworks: Voices in song
Arrangements: Pop band performances and arrangements

Key Stage 4 & 5

TermYear 10Year 11Year 12Year 13
1Music Materials Western classical music 1600-1899 Composition Basic Ensemble Skills Solo PerformanceMusic in the 20th century Composition Tasks Examination Practice Examination Solo performanceIntroduction Practical Coursework Listening Skills Musical Styles Chords and lines Analysis of Set Works Composition Briefs Bach ChoralesPractical Coursework Listening Skills Analysis of Set Works Essay writing Composition Bach Chorales
2Popular music in context Composition tasks Ensemble performanceRevision and examination practice Composition PerformancePractical Coursework Listening Skills Analysis of Set Works Essay Questions Controlled assessmentPractical Coursework Listening Music in Context Controlled assessment Bach Chorales Examination
3World Music PresentationsRevision Exam PracticeRevision Exam Practice

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Instrumental Tuition

All students are given the opportunity to partake in individual instrumental lessons. Students are allocated a 25-30 minute time slot within the school day. These lessons are on a rotational basis ensuring the students do not miss the same lesson frequently.

Currently the following instruments are taught at DESC: Violin, Cello, Flute, Clarinet, Oboe, Bassoon, Saxophone, Trumpet, Piano, Drums and Voice.