Studying music at Fullhurst aims to enable all students to develop an appreciation of a wide range of musical genres. We aim to give students a positive experience of Music with a varied and practical approach to the study of the subject. Students are challenged to progress and develop their musical skills through performing, composing, listening, appraising and studying context.
Students are taught introductory music theory and how elements can be identified within musical examples from various genres, as well as practical skills on the Keyboards and Vocals. Students will learn basic music theory such as rhythm, dynamics and tempo as well as learning how to read music on a Treble and Bass Clef to guide them when learning an instrument. Students will learn some performance skills which are vital for students’ musicianship throughout their time at Fullhurst.
Students will further develop music theory from Year 7 such as the difference between major and minor chords and Blues improvisation. Students will continue to develop their Keyboard and Vocal skills along with developing Ukulele skills and learning how to read Tab notation. Appraisal skills are developed further through analysing pieces of music from The Greatest Showman and Hairspray in order to understand how music is composed. Students will also explore the historical context of Blues music and key musical features such as the Blues Scale and 12-bar Blues.
Year 9 Curriculum
Students develop their practical skills on keyboards and vocals and begin to learn the ukulele. There are also opportunities to learn skills on drums, guitar and bass guitar. Students have access to a range of instruments on Imperial Campus giving them opportunity to try an instrument they may have never seen before.
Key Stage Four Music
In years 10 and 11, students will join the level 2 tech award in Music Practice. This gives students the opportunity to gain real-life practical skills that are required to work and perform in the music industry.
Students explore a range of music styles through time and identify iconic composers, bands and producers that have influenced the style. They will also learn how technology has impacted the style and how musical elements, stylistic features and characteristics are used to perform and compose each style. Students will present a portfolio and produce a variety of musical products such as a live performance recording as part of their coursework for this component. Students will learn about:
- Delta blues
- Rock ‘n’ roll
- Heavy metal
- Pop punk
- Music for media
Students will have the opportunity to develop two musical disciplines (performance and composition) by engaging in practical tasks and documenting their progress and planning for further improvement. Students will audit their pre-existing musical skills and set targets for improvement on their chosen instruments and using a digital audio workstation (DAW) via Band Lab. Over a period of time, students will work towards achieving musical outcomes that they identified and improving their performance and composition skills overall. This will help them to develop professional and commercial skills required to work in the music industry and to apply development processes to improve their music skills and techniques.
Component 3- Responding to a music brief
Learners will engage in planning a live music event in response to a brief. They will explore a variety of ideas that could be used in a live music event, develop musical skills and refine music material to present a music product. Learners will gain experience of performing at a live music event and reflect on the creative process overall.