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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 Music
Term 1 & 2Musical devices & features of film music – Leitmotifs Musical    
Musical devices and features of film music – Leitmotifs Musical Students will learn about how music adds to the emotional quality of films and games. They will compose, refine and record pieces with a sense of time, mood and intention. They download a movie/game clip on to their iMacs and replace the original soundtrack with their own composed work. Compose music for films Students will learn about how music adds to the emotional quality of films and games. They will compose, refine and record pieces with a sense of time, mood and intention. They download a movie/game clip on to their iMacs and replace the original soundtrack with their own composed work, whilst maintaining the emotional qualities and intentions of the director.
Assessment: Perform a series of leitmotifs and compose music for a Sci-Fi film clip.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3 & 4Waltz, Tango, Salsa & Disco   
Waltz & Tango Students will study the origins and culture of the 4 dance styles, their musical characteristics including: instrumentation, tempo, structure and melody, they will learn how the music and dance steps work together, they will learn about venues and occasion, they will learn about the use of Music technology and they will study about famous composers and performers. Salsa & Disco Students will study the origins and culture of the 4 dance styles, their musical characteristics including: instrumentation, tempo, structure and melody, they will learn how the music and dance steps work together, they will learn about venues and occasion, they will learn about the use of Music technology and they will study about famous composers and performers.
Assessment: Perform Blue Danube by Strauss and compose a disco song using appropriate musical devices.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5 & 6Pop songs & Arrangements   
Pop songs and arrangements & Compose a pop ballad Students will explore the genre of popular song, learn how different artists and groups have created different musical arrangements of the same song. They will learn about different musical devices used in popular songs including how the different structural elements are sequenced horizontally to produce the classic form of a popular song, as well as how different textural layers combine vertically showing awareness of the different parts used in a popular song. Pupils explore hooks and riffs and learn about their function within popular songs.
Assessment: Perform and compose a pop ballad.Key Words and Terms
 

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