KS3 & KS4 Music
The aim of the music curriculum at Townsend School is for all students to develop a lifelong appreciation of music.
Not all will continue to study music beyond KS3, yet most people would say music is an important part of their everyday life. Our curriculum endeavours to give students opportunities to explore a variety of music from different times, places and cultures through performing, composing and appraising activities.
The Music course follows the National Curriculum, covering a series of topics across key stage 3.
At Townsend we believe Music is something that should be accessible for all, and accordingly the Key Stage 3 curriculum provides students with the knowledge and skills to appreciate and participate in music making throughout their lives, as well as preparing students for further study in Music. Learning is largely practical, with students experiencing a range of instruments and computer software. There is an emphasis on collaborative group work and independent working.
Programme of Study
Year 7, 8 and 9
Students will develop their musical knowledge and skills through Performing, Composing and Listening & Appraising activities. They will take part in singing and playing instruments including percussion, keyboard and ukulele. They will explore a variety of music from different times and places, including using music technology to realise their creative ideas.
Knowledge and skills are assessed through performances and listening tests. Performance recordings are posted on Google Classroom for reflection and feedback.
Students will be given homework to support classroom activities, which will be set on Google Classroom. Students who have access to any music instruments or computer music software should practise the pieces they are working on in class, at home.
Where can Music take you
KS3 Music presents students with the fundamentals of singing and playing keyboards, ukuleles and percussion as well as introducing some of the knowledge that is required for further study and/or a career in a music related field. This is a real opportunity to explore music and find whether music might be a possible field of interest for the student.
- music technology
- music therapy
- music production
How can parents support their child’s learning
- ask your child to describe what they learnt in their lesson
- ask your child to play or sing a song from class or play back recordings from Google Classroom
- ask your child to show you their music exercise book and take an active interest in their home learning