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
|1||Rhythms and Pulse: The Elements of Music Soundscapes||Time Keeping: Marches and Waltzes|
|Music and Media: The role of music in film
|2||Instruments of the Orchestra: Basic Keyboard Skills||Graphis Scores|
|Theme and Variations|
|3||Culture and Ritual: Music from around the world|
Changing Places: Melody writing
Melody writing: Composing lullabies
|Voiceworks: Voices in song
Arrangements: Pop band performances and arrangements
Key Stage 4 & 5
|Term||Year 10||Year 11||Year 12||Year 13|
|1||Music Materials Western classical music 1600-1899 Composition Basic Ensemble Skills Solo Performance||Music in the 20th century Composition Tasks Examination Practice Examination Solo performance||Introduction Practical Coursework Listening Skills Musical Styles Chords and lines Analysis of Set Works Composition Briefs Bach Chorales||Practical Coursework Listening Skills Analysis of Set Works Essay writing Composition Bach Chorales|
|2||Popular music in context Composition tasks Ensemble performance||Revision and examination practice Composition Performance||Practical Coursework Listening Skills Analysis of Set Works Essay Questions Controlled assessment||Practical Coursework Listening Music in Context Controlled assessment Bach Chorales Examination|
|3||World Music Presentations||Revision Exam Practice||Revision Exam Practice|
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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.