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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, Lesson Pathways, Knowledge Organisers, DOITNOW and Plenary Review Activities, 5 Minutes Silent Reading Tasks, Cover and Homework Activities, Music Theory, Dictation Exercises, 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.

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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