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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 Music
Term 1 & 2History & musical structure of Blues music   
History and musical structure of Blues music Students will study the history of Blues. They will analyse the Blues' structure. They will learn how to aurally identify and also perform the 12-bar blues chord structure and the 12-bar Blues walking baseline. They will perform a Blues tune. They will also learn how to perform the blues scale, improvise on their own and as a member of a Big Band. They will compose a piece based on the 12 bar blues, including improvisation. Blues scale and Improvisation Students will study the history of Blues. They will analyse the Blues' structure. They will learn how to aurally identify and also perform the 12-bar blues chord structure and the 12-bar Blues walking baseline. They will perform a Blues tune. They will also learn how to perform the blues scale, improvise on their own and as a member of a Big Band. They will compose a piece based on the 12 bar blues, including improvisation.
Assessment: Perform a Blues chord structure, blues Bass line and Blues melody and compose/improvise a melody to go with the 12-bar blues structure previously performed.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 & 4Battle of the bands   
Form music groups, select appropriate material and perform to a live audience Students will work on their confidence and learn how to select appropriate team members in order to form successful partnerships and work towards the ultimate goal, which is to learn a song from notation and aurally, rehearse it as a band and then perform it to a live audience.
Assessment: Perform with accuracy as a member of a musical ensemble, whilst maintaining your own part.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Simple Variations - Major & minor scales   
Major and minor scales Students will explore Major and Minor scales and their impact in music. They will aurally identify scales across a range of musical styles.
Assessment: Arrange and add a set of variations to a popular melody by Mozart.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Advanced variations   
Simple and advanced variations Students will explore how to develop musical ideas. They will be able to recognise and analyse variations, and will compose 2 sets of variations.
Assessment: Arrange a song by incorporating 4 advanced variation techniques used by modern classical musicians.Key Words and Terms
 

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