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The Musical Contexts Fully-Resourced Secondary/KS3 Music Curriculum

The Musical Contexts "Fully-Resourced" Secondary/KS3 Music Curriculum aims to provide a unit-based approach that is 'ambitious, well-sequenced and which leads to good musical outcomes for all pupils', to provide 'good impact as seen by secure and incremental learning of the technical, constructive and expressive knowledge that pupils need for their future participation in and enjoyment of music'.

 

The units follow the Musical Contexts Key Stage 3 Learning Journey (shown right, click for further details).

Each 'fully-resourced' unit comes with resources, tasks and activities to supplement:

  • Playing: Singing and Performing

  • Creating: Composing and Improvising

  • Critical Engagement: Listening and Appraising

These include: Teacher Schemes of Work and Lesson Pathways, Knowledge Organisers, DOITNOW and Plenary Review Activities, 5 Minutes Silent Reading Tasks, Cover and Homework Activities, Worksheets, Songs, Scores and Presentations.

Samples from each unit, in scrolling pop-up galleries, can be seen by hovering over the unit images below as well as by visiting the "Unit Preview & Download" pages.

The resources for each of the 'fully-resourced' KS3 units are available to 'full site subscribers' from the "Unit Preview & Download" page links below.  

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Year 7

Building Bricks

Exploring the Elements of Music, Descriptive and Programme Music and Graphic Notation and Graphic Scores.

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Year 7

Keyboard Skills

Exploring Effective Keyboard Performance Technique, Treble Clef Staff Notation, Sharps and Flats and Melody and Chords. 

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Year 7

I've Got Rhythm

Exploring Pulse, Beat, Rhythm, Ostinato, Cyclic and Polyrhythms, Note Durations and Rhythm Grid Notation.

Building Bricks

Secondary KS3 Music Elements of Music

An interactive Presentation with media files demonstrates the Elements of Music.  A great activity for new Year 7's!

Keyboard Skills

Secondary/KS3 Music Keyboard Skills

Includes a range of increasingly complex Keyboard Warm-Ups all given with keyboard/piano fingering as practical DOITNOWs

I've Got Rhythm

Secondary/KS3 Music Rhythm and Pulse

This unit is packed full of activities in understanding Pulse, Beat, Rhythm and Ostinato starting with Rhythm Grid Notation tasks.

Bridge Inside
Year 7

Form and Structure

Exploring Musical Structures: Question and Answer Phrases, Binary Form, Ternary Form and Rondo Form.

Orchestra
Year 7

Sonority City

Exploring Instruments of the Orchestra, the Conductor, Beating Time and Performing as an Ensemble.

Street Music
Year 7

Folk Music

Exploring the Folk Tradition and Harmony and Accompaniments: Pedal, Drone, Ostinato and Chord Patterns.

Folk Music

Secondary/KS3 Music Folk Music

Pupils explore Sea Shanties as a form of Traditional Folk Music, such as The Wellerman, singing, performing, arranging and creating different musical accompaniment and chord patterns.

Form and Structure

Secondary/KS3 Music Form and Structure

The unit begins by exploring Musical Q&A Phrases as a simple type of musical structure showing balance and contrast.

Sonority City

Secondary/KS3 Music Instruments of the Orchestra

Each of the Musical Contexts Fully-Resourced KS3 units contains a detailed Scheme of Work and Lesson Pathways.

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Year 8

Hooks and Riffs

Exploring Repeated Musical Patterns: Hooks and Riffs through Western Classical and Popular Music.

Guitar Performer
Year 8

Offbeat

Exploring Reggae, Syncopation, Texture, Chords, Reggae Song Lyrics and creating a Reggae Arrangement.

Wall of Old Records
Year 8

Variations

Exploring Ways to Develop Musical Ideas through Changing and Adding to a Theme and Ground Bass Variations.

Hooks and Riffs

Secondary/KS3 Music Hooks and Riffs

This unit is all about Repeated Musical Patterns: Hooks, Riffs and Ostinatos.  Three case studies from popular songs include: "Sweet Dreams", "Word Up" and "We Will Rock You".

Offbeat

Secondary/KS3 Music Reggae Offbeat

As with all Musical Contexts Secondary/KS3 units, all essential Key Words, Terms and Concepts are included in the fully-editable unit Knowledge Organiser.

Variations

Secondary/KS3 Music Variations

This unit begins with simple Variation techniques of adding and changing, using the Elements of Music, to a well-known case study theme: "Frere Jacques".

Jazz Band
Year 8

All That Jazz

Exploring Chord and Chord Patterns, Improvisation, the 12-Bar Blues, the Blues Scale, Swing and Big Band Jazz.

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Year 8

All About the Bass

Exploring Bass Clef Reading and Notation, Bass Clef Instruments and Bass Line Patterns: Riffs, Walking Bass, Pedals etc.

Drums
Year 8

Saharan Sounds

Exploring African Drumming, Polyrhythms, Syncopation, Call and Response, Cyclic Rhythms and Rhythm Grid Notation.

All That Jazz

Secondary/KS3 Music Jazz and Blues

The unit begins with an introduction to the 12-Bar Blues revising Primary Chords and Triads.  Improvisation features throughout the unit with pupils using the Blues Scale over a Walking Bass Line.

Saharan Sounds

Secondary/KS3 Music African Drumming Music

Djembe performance technique explores the range of Sounds, Timbres and Sonorities from African Drums.

All About the Bass

Secondary/KS3 Music All About the Bass

Bass Clef Reading and Notation lie at the heart of this unit which begins with a selection of Bass Clef Hip-Hop and Rap Riffs.

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Year 9

Dance Music

Exploring Rhythms, Metre and Chords in Dance Music from Different Times and Places.

Film Reels
Year 9

Soundtracks

Exploring Film Music, Leitmotifs, The James Bond Film Music Project, Sequencing and Motifs and Mood and Sound Effects .

Video Game
Year 9

Video Game Music

Exploring Character Themes and Development, Ground Themes and Sound Effects in Computer and Video Game Music.

Dance Music

Secondary/KS3 Music Dance Music

This unit explores Rhythms, Chords and Metre in Dance Music from different times and places: Marches, Waltzes, Tango, Baroque Dance, American Line Dance, Irish Jig & Reel, Disco and Club Dance.

Soundtracks

Seondary/KS3 Music Film Music

The unit explores Leitmotifs from a range of different film genres in terms of how film music composers have used the Elements of Music including Listening and Appraising and Performing tasks.

Video Game Music

Secondary/KS3 Music Computer and Video Game Music

This unit explores Computer and Video Game Music from its origins and development, to how music is used within video games, how video game music is produced and composers of Video Game Music.

Abstract Architecture
Year 9

New Directions

Exploring Ways to Develop Music from Small Ideas in Twentieth Century Music: Minimalism, Serialism.

Carnival Band
Year 9

Samba

Exploring Latin-American Rhythms, Ostinato, Call and Response and Improvisation through ensemble Samba.

Female Singer and Bass Guitar
Year 9

What Makes a Good Song?

Exploring Popular Songs: Hooks and Riffs, Lyrics, Structure & Melody and Musical Arrangements.

New Directions

Secondary/KS3 Music Minimalism Serialism Expressionism

New Directions explores Minimalism and Expressionism/Serialism in Twentieth Century Music.  Lesson Pathways are given within the Teacher Scheme of Work for each unit.

Samba

Secondary/KS3 Music Samba

Samba is based around a flexible and accessible Samba piece: Bellini's"Samba de Janeiro", with adapted original melodic parts and added rhythmic Samba parts for class ensemble performing.

What Makes a Good Song?

Secondary/KS3 Music What Makes a Good Song?

This unit explores two 'good' songs as case studies: "Shape of You" by Ed Sheeran and "Shotgun" by George Ezra in terms of Hooks/Riffs, Structure, Melody and Lyrics.  Lead Sheet Notation is used throughout the unit.

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