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Harris Academies
All Academies in our Federation aim to transform the lives of the students they serve by bringing about rapid improvement in examination results, personal development and aspiration.

Music

Musiclessons 02Music is an important part of life at HAB, with every student having the chance to learn an instrument through free one-to-one lessons. In addition we offer Music scholarships and music is also embedded in the Performing Arts curriculum so that students work with music during Dance and Drama lessons too.

Facilities at the Academy include a keyboard classroom equipped with computers for music technology, a professional recording studio, a central classroom and several instrumental rooms for lessons and practice.

The Academy runs an orchestra, several bands, a choir, song writing and a music technology club. Concerts are held every term where parents/carers have the opportunity to see their daughters perform. There are also opportunities for students to perform in assemblies.

Free instrument lessons

Students are all offered the chance to study an instrument through free one-to-one lessons in a wide range of instruments including piano, keyboard, guitar, bass guitar, flute, clarinet, saxophone, violin, drums, singing and music technology.

Lessons take place during the academy day on a rotating timetable. Instruments are available on free loan to students who pass the initial trial period. Students are entered for exams for Trinity Guildhall (jazz and classical), ABRSM and Rockschool if they wish to gain extra qualifications.

HAB Music Scholarships

Music Scholarships are offered to Year 7 students who have two instrumental lessons a week, attend workshops with professional musicians as well as seeing live music every term.

Our Scholarship Programme offers, at no cost to the student:

  • One masterclass per half term with leading professional musicians
  • One trip to see professional live music concerts each half term
  • Tuition for two Instruments
  • Weekly theory lessons
  • Entry to ABRSM exams when the student is ready

To find out more download the HAB Music Scholarship document in pdf format or digital format

To be a HAB music scholar from this September call Vicki Inglott on 020 7237 9316.

Year 7

All Students in year 7 participate in classroom music. The key focus throughout the year is to ensure students build confidence through performance, listening and appraising. Students will learn to read music at a basic level and will know how the musical elements are implemented in order to create emotive compositions. They will have opportunity to perform both as individuals and as part of an ensemble using keyboards and guitars as well as both tuned and untuned percussion. Topics include Rhythm and Pulse, Intro to the keyboard, Instruments of the Orchestra, Samba and Reggae.

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term students will learn about the musical elements and how they can be manipulated to create a mood. Students will use graphic scores when listening to and appraising music and will compose their own three part emotive piece for assessment. Basic notation will be explored through rhythmic patterns using untuned percussion. This will culminate in a cross curricular assessment entitled rhythm, rhyme and rap music which focuses on poetry and rhyme.

Spring Term

During the Spring term students will be introduced to the keyboard and further their understanding of music notation and theory through the use of harmony and counter melody. Students will also start to explore the cultural context of different musical styles through Samba rhythms and performance. Both units will be assessed as group performances taking into account individual understanding and ownership.

Summer Term

During the Summer term students will explore the instruments of the orchestra and how harmony and polyphonic texture works on a greater scale. They will gain knowledge of the different sections of the orchestra, how they interact and what it means to conduct. Students will be assessed on their role as an orchestral performer. A Reggae scheme of work will explore the use of electric instruments and how technology has changed the way in which we play and listen to music. This unit will allow students the freedom to choose their preferred instrument when performing as part of a Reggae group for assessment.

Students will extend their learning each week through independent study. This will include research tasks and song reviews as well as spellings and definitions of subject specific terminology.

Year 8

All Students in year 8 participate in classroom music. The key focus throughout the year is to explore the cultural context of music from around the world through performance, listening and appraising. Students will further develop their understanding of music theory and notation by completing practical composition and performance tasks. They will again have opportunity to perform both as individuals and as part of an ensemble using keyboards, guitars and either tuned or untuned percussion. The use of technology and iPads will also start to be incorporated throughout the year Topics include Gamelan, Film Music, Voice works (singing), Blues, African and Indian Classical.

 

Year 8

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term students will learn about Heterophony and cross rhythms by participating in a Gamelan scheme of work. Students will be introduced to the concept of 'aural tradition' and new cultural influences outside of the western world. Students will perform as a whole class orchestra/community to be assessed. The second scheme of work during the autumn term will require the use of iPads. Students will look at music for film and it's development since the 1920's. This topic will be assessed on the success of a musically accompanied silent film, written, performed by and composed entirely by the students themselves.

Spring Term

During the Spring term students will undertake a cross curricular choral scheme of work which explores the use of voice and anatomy in order to create harmony and counter rhythms. Students will sing as a whole class choir and be assessed on their engagement and presence as a performer. Students will also start to explore the cultural context of different musical styles through Blues song structure and improvisation. This topic will encourage flair and creativity surrounding the rigid structure of 12 bar blues.

Summer Term

During the Summer term students will explore the cultural context of different music from around the world. Students will build an understanding of Western traditions and tuning and how this compares with scales and instruments from Eastern cultures. Students will be assessed on compositions based around Indian scales (Raga), drumming (Tala) and drones. Students will also revisit the concept of aural tradition through use of polyrhythms in African Drumming. They will work in groups to understand the different types of performance in order to be assessed.

Students will extend their learning each week through independent study. This will include research tasks and song reviews as well as spellings and definitions of subject specific terminology.

Year 9

At the start of Year 9 students will start their GCSE study. The new GCSE (9-1) Music qualification provides an integrated approach to the three main elements – Performing, Composing and Appraising. The key focus throughout year 9 is to ensure students are able to read western music notation and perform in front of an audience confidently and competently on an instrument of their choosing. Students will further develop their understanding of music theory and notation by completing practical composition and performance tasks. They will also explore music technology in order to aid their composition skills. Students will perform either individually or as part of a group both inside and outside of the classroom regularly. There will be a keen focus on listening and appraising for each topic covered Exam Board: OCR

 

Year 9

Autumn Term

During the Autumn term students will revisit Samba music. This time with a theoretical approach. Students will learn to read complex notation used to create interesting cross rhythms used in Samba music. They will then write their own polyrhythmic Samba compositions. Students will be assessed on the accuracy of their hand written composition and performance using traditional Samba instruments. Students will then go on to explore pop music over time and how developments in technology have changed the way in which music is created. Students will be assessed on their understanding of styles between the 1940's and the present day. They will also perform with increasing confidence as part of a pop ensemble.

Spring Term

During the Spring term students will undertake a computer based sequencing scheme of work. Students will explore the uses of software sequencers studios and live sound engineering. This will aid composition skills and give an insight into the workings of a recording artist and the industry. Students will be assessed on the success of their sequenced composition and the inclusion of a live sound recording of their own instrument. Students will then look at film and game soundtracks. This will include the use of Foley and sound effects to create a cinematic experience. Students will be assessed on the synchronicity of their compositions and accuracy of audio choices.

Summer Term

During the Summer term students will explore the cultural context of different music from around the world. They will take a critical view of how a Western ear is trained to appreciate certain harmonics and progressions. They will then compose their own music in the following styles: African, Indian Classical and Punjabi Bhangra. To end the year students will start to build a bank and understanding of music specific language, skills and techniques needed at GCSE examination level. Students will familiarise themselves with major and minor scales, cadences, modulation and texture. This will be assessed in the style of a mock paper.

Students will extend their learning each week through independent study. This will include research tasks and song reviews as well as spellings and definitions of subject specific terminology.

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