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.
What goes into music to make it music rather than noise?
• What are the Elements of Music?
• What do they mean?
• What are Graphic Scores?
• How can they be used to write down music?
• How should I go about performing from one?
• What does rhythm notation look like?
• How long do they last?
• How can you combine them?
• What is the best process to use to compose a melody?
What habits of mind are important in learning an instrument?
• Where are the notes of a keyboard?
• What are they called?
• How will I remember them?
• How should I use my fingers on both hands most effectively to play the keyboard?
• What do I need to do to be able to practise effectively?
• Have I got the confidence to perform to an audience?
• How can I develop the confidence to do that?
• How do I listen to music effectively?
• What musical features can I identify?
• Can I justify which are my preferences?
• Can I persuade others to agree with my preferences?
Does imagination create music or does music create imagination?
• How many notes does the pentatonic scale have?
• What is the pattern?
• What is ostinato?
• How can I use them to create interesting music?
• What is the timbre of different instruments?
• How should I use the pentatonic scale and ostinato effectively in my composition?