Year 8 Music

Pupils will be taught performance, composition and music appraisal through the following topics:

  • African music (Polyrhythms)
  • Offbeat (Reggae and syncopation)
  • Jazz Improvisation (Improvisation and the Blues)
  • Soundtracks – film and game music
  • Hooks and riffs
  • Popular song

Pupils who meet age related expectations will be able to demonstrate the following (in relation to each topic):

  • They work in pairs and groups and perform, create, explore and recognise different styles of music
  • They create compositions in different styles and use relevant notations to plan, revise and refine their work.
  • They evaluate how different musical ideas have been used in their work and in the work of others and are able to rehearse and refine their performances and compositions.
  • They recognise and analyse music of different styles and cultures
  • They read and perform from simple music notation on the bass and treble clef and have an understanding of time signatures
  • They are able to comment on the use of musical elements and instrumentation when listening to a piece of music and use this understanding when planning their own compositions and performing their work