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Curriculum Information for Key Stage 3 students
Welcome to the music department
Enable learners to develop fundamental musical skills, increase cultural awareness, demonstrate a high level of collaborative practice and embody the Thamesmead Values. We will also encourage our students to develop a lifelong passion for music as performers, composers and as an audience.
We follow a challenging spiral curriculum where key musical concepts, knowledge and skills are gradually built upon, revisited and embedded throughout the 3 years.
What topics will I study in KS3 (years 7, 8 & 9):
Can I study this at KS4?
Yes you can study GCSE Music (AQA Examboard) and we offer a Music Production Course as an extra-curricular subject.
Are there any enrichment opportunities in school?
There are a wide range of extra-curricular activities for students can get involved in including Lower School Choir, Nothing But Treble Vocal Group, Soul Band, Rock Bands, Keyboard Club, Brass Ensemble, Musical Productions Band/Orchestra and Jamming Together.
What could I do/read at home to help myself or where could I visit to help my learning?
We encourage students to listen to a wide range of both recorded and live music. It would also be hugely beneficial for students to learn to play a musical instrument (see the school website for information on how to apply for music instrumental/singing tuition) or join the choir – these can help you in so many ways both musically and in your personal wellbeing.
Get to know the basic elements of music (MAD T SHIRT) and what they mean.
https://www.mydso.com/dso-kids/ (this introduces you to the instruments in the orchestra)
https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zmsvr82 (Lots of musical learning)
http://teoria.com/ (great for training the musical ear)