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Year 7 & Year 8

A look into our classroom

At Stoke Newington School & Sixth Form we hit the ground running. Right from the beginning our young people have a unique and highly personalised method of learning, creating an environment to nurture, educate and encourage creative individuals to achieve the highest level of musicianship. Browse below to learn more about what we have to offer our young people.

 
 
Orchestra Conductor on Stage

Year 7 Units

Building the skills to become a musician

Autumn Term 1a

Elements of Music

In this unit students will learn to become educated music consumers; discovering how to listen for and understand the key elements of making music.

Autumn Term 1b

Harmony

This unit teaches pupils the fundamental basics of harmony in music whilst learning how to play chord sequences on the piano and ukulele. Pupils will create ensemble performances of four-chord pop songs, and build their own dance tracks into our Logic software.

Spring Term 2a

Melody

In this unit pupils will discuss how melodies are created, practise some well-known melodies on the keyboards and ukuleles and create their own melodies using musical notation.

Spring Term 2b

Rhythms of the World

Pupils will learn about the musical traditions and instruments associated with African drumming, Bhangra and Samba music. There will be plenty of practical opportunities to explore this music further!

Summer Term 3a

Introduction to the Orchestra and Programme Music

This unit introduces students to the orchestral families of instruments through videos, musical excerpts and written activities. Learners will apply this knowledge to their prior understanding of the elements of music to analyse some famous pieces of programme music.

Summer Term 3b

Band Project

Pupils will put all of their musical skills to the test in this module, as they will select a piece of music to perform in groups of their choosing. This will also be a research project, as pupils will be guided through finding their own music, working out the individual parts, and rehearsing effectively until they are performance ready!

 
Orchestra Conductor on Stage

Year 8 Units

Composing and arranging music

Autumn Term 1a

Freedom Song - The Fisk Jubilee Singers

In this unit pupils will learn about the lives and legacy of the Fisk Jubilee Singers, whilst revising the elements of music and improving on their singing and arranging skills.

Autumn Term 1b

Harmony and the Blues

Teaches pupils the basics of harmony whilst learning how to play the 12-bar blues chord sequence on the piano and ukulele. Pupils will eventually create their own 'blues jams' featuring the 12 bar blues chord pattern, walking bassline, blues scale riffs and improvisations and potentially even their own lyrics!

Spring Term 2a

How to Build a Pop Song

Breaks down the main components of pop songs into four sections: chords, basslines, drumbeats and melodies. Students learn how to create and layer each of these components on Logic to gradually make their own pop song.

Spring Term 2b

Rhythms of the World

Pupils will learn about the musical traditions and instruments associated with African drumming, Bhangra and Samba music. There will be plenty of practical opportunities to explore this music further!

Summer Term 3a

Film Music

Invites pupils to listen to listen to and analyse film scores, commenting on how the music brings the visual to life. Pupils will also learn about some key film composition terminology and techniques, whilst having the chance to create their own film themes.

Summer Term 3b

Band Project

Pupils will put all of their musical skills to the test in this module, as they will select a piece of music to perform in groups of their choosing. This will also be a research project, as pupils will be guided through finding their own music, working out the individual parts, and rehearsing effectively until they are performance ready!