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Music is both a focus for study and a means of communal expression. Students at The Portsmouth Academy are given the opportunity to develop musical understanding and skill (in perception, as composers and as performers) in classes, individually and in school ensembles. There are many opportunities for pupils to share their musical expertise with the academy as well as with the wider community, for instance, the Carol Service and Sound Bites, and our annual school production.

In Key Stage 3 students develop and reinforce their understanding and practical skills using their voices, instruments and music technology. Through listening, composing and performing activities they strengthen their creative ability, self-confidence and self-expression.

Participation, performance and personalised progression extend beyond the classroom. Vocal and instrumental tuition are available to students in all years, and a wide range of extra-curricular musical activities (choirs and instrumental groups) take place each week at lunchtime and after school.

Music Team

Autumn Term

Students begin their music education at TPA with the topic, Rhythm and Pulse which also acts as a base line assessment. Students learn the correct musical notation for simple time rhythms and use this to create a ‘junk’ percussion piece in groups. As a result students begin to develop their collaborative composing skills and their confidence in performing. Students then move onto a topic where they learn how to play the keyboard. They will develop their music reading knowledge as well as practice and performing skills. Students will learn to play with 5-finger technique and to co-ordinate two hands together. Students displaying good skills, especially in playing to a pulse will learn to use more of the extended features on the keyboard including single-fingered chords and styles.

Spring Term

Students will begin the term by preparing for their keyboard performance assessment. Students will move on to learn about Blues Music. They will learn about chords and chord sequences by learning to play the 12-bar blues. They will also learn a walking bass and will form small bands to play the parts together against a blues rhythm. They will then learn the blues scale and explore the art of improvisation. They will build on the practice techniques that they started developing in the autumn term Y7 and start to build more confidence in performing to an audience.

Autumn Term

Students begin the year developing their knowledge of the musical elements through the study of Silent Film. They will analyse existing silent film music (how music creates mood/atmosphere) and then take on the role of composer to create music to accompany a film scene. Through this they will deepen their knowledge of the elements of music and the timbres of different musical instruments. Students will move on to learn about Blues Music. They will learn to play the 12-bar blues and a walking bass and will form small bands to play these together against a blues rhythm. They will then learn the blues scale and explore the art of improvisation. They will build on the practice techniques that they started eveloping in Y7 and start to build more confidence in performing to an audience.

Syllabus

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
Music EDEXCEL GCSE AQA Music [4270] Listening to & Appraising Music: 20%
Composing & Appraising Music: 20%
Performing Music: 40%
Composing Music: 20%

Syllabus

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
Music EDEXCEL GCSE AQA Music [4270] Listening to & Appraising Music: 20%
Composing & Appraising Music: 20%
Performing Music: 40%
Composing Music: 20%

Syllabus

Subject Board Qualification Link Split
Music EDEXCEL GCSE AQA Music [4270] Listening to & Appraising Music: 20%
Composing & Appraising Music: 20%
Performing Music: 40%
Composing Music: 20%