Music

The Music department at Woolwich Polytechnic is a busy, lively and frequently noisy place! There are 3 specialist teachers as well as visiting instrumental teachers and the department is well equipped to deliver a broad and exciting music curriculum. There are numerous opportunities for students to perform and boys are encouraged to join one of the many music ensembles that we run.
Programme of Study
Year 7
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
The complete musician, Approaching music musically - copyback and improvising using voice and trumpets/trombones. Composition - chords, bass lines and melodies - exploring the building blocks of songs using the I-V-VI-IV chord sequence, Pod based arrangements and performances. Melodies and riffs - Playing, creating and notating effective melodies and riffs.
Year 8
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Music as a language- approaching improvisation through musical conversations, Refining improvisations into composition and mapping out composed melodies using grid notation. Working together-Pod based arrangements and performances of a reggae song which is then transferred to Logic software, Logic software techniques and composing on Logic. Creating effective chord sequences, bass lines, melodies and counter melodies, Selecting and balancing instruments in Logic software.
Year 9 - Qualification: GCSE Music/V-cert Music technology
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Creating effective melodies, Tango composition using Logic software, Chord extensions and more complex harmony, Creating bass lines from chord sequences, Instrumental skills, The basics of recording - how to record real instruments using microphones. Listening and analysing -learning to recognise instruments and musical devices in a range of music, Intro to writing up the process of composition using screen shots from Logic, The basics of mixing, Composing in a club dance style. Instrumental skills -preparing two performances, Introduction to live sound - planning and setting up for the summer concert.
Year 10 - Qualification: GCSE Music (Syllabus: Edexcel)
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Instrumental skills, Finalising tango compositions and writing up the process, Study of set works - Handel, Mozart, Chopin, and Schoenberg. Instrumental skills, Finalising tango compositions and writing up the process, Study of further set works - Reich, Rag desh, Yiri, Moby. Instrumental skills, Study of set work- Miles Davis - leading to composing in the style of Miles Davis and writing up the process, Study of further set works - Bernstein, Buckley, Capercaillie.
Year 11 - Qualification: GCSE Music (Syllabus: Edexcel)
Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3
Instrumental rehearsal and recordings of solo and ensemble pieces, Peer evaluations of compositions and final editing, Revisiting - Handel, Mozart,Chopin, Schoenberg, Reich and Rag Desh. Instrumental rehearsal and recordings of solo and ensemble pieces, Revisiting Yiri, Moby, Miles Davis, Capercaillie, Bernstein and Buckley. Revision for exam and exam practice.
KS3

Students come to us having had varying experiences of music at primary school; some have had lots of music, others very little. The first term in music is about equipping everyone with some basic skills and knowledge using a variety of musical starting points. We then continue with a heavily practical curriculum whereby students are learning through doing and are developing not only musical skills, but team work skills as well.

Boys that have had instrumental lessons previously, those that show particular potential, or those that express a particular interest, have the opportunity to receive individual or paired specialist instrumental lessons with a visiting tutor each week.

KS4

We follow the Edexcel GCSE in music. Students are required to perform one solo piece and one piece in ensemble on an instrument of their choice. These instrumental skills make up 30% of the final mark and are judged against a list of instrument specific criteria.

Students are required to compose two pieces in different styles. Students can choose the styles of music that they most enjoy. The composition element is worth 30% of the final mark.

Students are also required to sit a listening exam based on 12 set works. These set works are extracts of music from different genres and eras and have been chosen to highlight the key features of each genre. There are a lot of keywords and terms to understand and apply. His exam is worth 40% of the final mark.