Bishop Rawstorne Church of England Academy

Key Stage 3 Music

Music in Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, our main aim is to get students involved: to raise their confidence in singing and in instrumental playing.  We want to introduce them to a wider variety of music and also get them involved in composing.

The main areas of study include:

  • Keyboard skills
  • Musical literacy
  • Singing and listening
  • Compositional and performance skills
  • Wider musical appreciation

In Year 7, students experience a broad introduction to the above areas of focus.  They will learn basic keyboard skills and begin to devise and perform short pieces.

The following are the headings for the different topics visited throughout the year.

  • The  Musical Elements
  • Rhythmic and Melodic Notation
  • The Keyboard
  • Instruments of the Orchestra and Conducting
  • Developing Keyboard Skills
  • Group Performance using your Voice

In Year 8, students continue to develop their practical keyboard skills, extend their composition work and participate in more performances. Students also develop their general musical knowledge through listening and evaluating. This year is focused on music and other art forms.

The following are the headings for the different topics visited throughout the year.

  • World Music and Composition
  • Graphic Score
  • Scales
  • Film Music
  • Adverts

In Year 9 all pupils further develop their keyboard skills. There is a greater emphasis on music technology, utilising computers and targeted music software. Students are encouraged to compose and arrange music in a variety of styles and genres. This year is heavily focussed on Popular Music from all different eras.

The following are the headings for the different topics visited throughout the year.

  • Structure of a Pop Song
  • Blues and Jazz
  • Rock and Roll
  • Reggae
  • 1970’s music
  • Modern Day Project