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Langdon Academy

Langdon Academy: An all through education for ages 3-16

Executive Principal
Dr Dayo Olukoshi OBE
Principal
Mr Jamie Brooks

MUSIC DEPARTMENT

WHAT STUDENTS LEARN

Year 7

Rhythmic composition using Music notation.

  • Learn the key musical elements.
  • Learn how to identify and perform music notation.
  • Learn how to make more expressive by adding dynamics.

Keyboard Performance: Lightly Row

  • Identify the notes on the keyboard.
  • Perform a melody with your right hand.
  • Understand the treble and bass clef.
  • Develop playing using two hands.

Minimalism Movie Soundtrack Composition

  • Learn key skills using Logic Pro X
  • Learn features of minimalist music.
  • Create music which is suitable for the action on screen.

Keyboard Performance: Bells are Ringing

  • Develop further skills on keyboard.
  • Playing with two hands together with extended left hand.
  • Playing with more expression and articulation.
  • Rock Ensemble Performance
  • Develop your keyboard and guitar skills.
  • Develop your ensemble and problem solving skills.
  • Ensemble Performance.

Listening and Appraising

  • Reflect on, analyse and evaluate music in aural and/or written form.

Year 8

Keyboard Performance: The Blues

  • ü Learn the key musical features and history of this genre of music.
  • ü Learn to play chord sequences fluently.
  • ü Learn to improvise a Blues melody in the right hand while also playing chords in the left hand.

Composition: African Drumming

  • ü Learn and identify key features of this genre of music.
  • ü Develop your performance and listening skills to work as part of a musical ensemble.
  • ü Learn to identify and perform different types of rhythms such as triplets and to create polyrhythms.

Keyboard Performance: “Defying Gravity” from Wicked

  • ü Learn about the history and key features of Musical theatre.
  • ü Learn how to play extended chords such as inversions.

Composition: Music for the Screen

  • ü Develop my composition skills on Logic Pro X.
  • ü Understanding the types of instruments and timbres I should be using for the action on screen.
  • ü Develop my use of editing tools to correct music.

Rock Ensemble Performance: Use Somebody

  • ü Develop your ensemble skills learnt in African drumming and apply to this genre of music.
  • ü Learn to play chords and develop your improvisation skills that you learnt in The Blues.

Listening and Appraising 1

  • üDevelop my listening skills responding to extracts of music and identifying rhythms and pitches that I hear and notate them down correctly.

Listening and Appraising 2

  • Continue to develop my listening skills responding to extracts of music and Identifying rhythms and pitches that I hear and notate them down correctly.

 

 

Year 9

Performance: “Since you’ve been gone” by Rainbow

  • ü Develop your understanding of Rock music and how Blues music studied in Year 8 was very influential.
  • ü Continue to develop your keyboard instrumental skills built up in Year 7 and 8 and understanding of popular music.

Composition: Club Dance

  • Develop your composition skills using advanced tools on Logic Pro X such as the vocoder and arpeggiator.
  • Continue to understand musical structure and develop your composition using this skill and understanding.

Keyboard Performance: “Pachelbel’s Canon”

  • Learn about key features of the Baroque period and its influence on later styles such as the Classical Period.
  • Develop your fluency on keyboard playing a ground bass and continuing to improvise in the right hand.

Keyboard Performance: “Cinema Paradiso”

  • Develop your keyboard playing particularly focussing on fluency and expression when playing a melody.
  • Study other movie scores and identify key musical features being used to portray and match the action on screen.

Composition: “The Last Starfighter”

  • Develop your skill at composition matching the action on screen with suitable sound and timbres.
  • Develop your skill with advanced features such as EQ, distortion and side chaining.
  • Prepare your compositional ideas for KS4 music.

Listening and Appraising 1

  • Develop my listening skills responding to extracts of music and identifying rhythms and pitches that I hear and notate them down correctly.

Listening and Appraising 2

  • Continue to develop my listening skills responding to extracts of music and identifying rhythms and pitches that I hear and notate them down correctly.

HOME LEARNING

Year 7

H/W is set online: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk.

Topics include:

  • Pitch, speed and volume
  • Notes of the treble clef
  • Basic signs
  • Note lengths and dotted notes
  • Letter names and accidentals,
  • Major and minor keys
  • Chords
  • Dynamics
  • Articulation and repeat marks
  • Structure: pop song, binary, ternary, rondo.

Year 8

H/W is set online: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk.

Topics include:

  • Letter names and accidental
  • Major and minor key
  • Rhythm and Tempo: Simple time, revision and compound, 8 beat rock, Latin American rhythms
  • Structure: Pop song, binary, rondo
  • Basic and larger intervals
  • Harmony: Cadences
  • Following music scores.

Year 9

H/W is set online: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk.

Topics include:

  • Music reading
  • Harmony: Advance intervals, chords in rock and pop
  • Music Technology: Filters, reverb and delay compression modulation other effects
  • History: Elizabethan, Baroque eras, Baroque Concerto, Bach Chorales
  • Rhythm and tempo: Latin American, African rhythms.

 

HOW PARENTS CAN SUPPORT THEIR CHILD

Year 7

Parents can support the student by:

  • ensuring that their child is logging onto: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk
  • correctly locating the lesson that needs to be followed
  • reading the student planner on a daily basis and using this as a further means of communication between them and school.

Year 8

Parents can support the student by:

  • ensuring that their child is logging onto: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk
  • correctly locating the lesson that needs to be followed
  • reading the student planner on a daily basis and using this as a further means of communication between them and school.

Year 9

Parents can support the student by:

  • ensuring that their child is logging onto: langdon.musicfirst.co.uk
  • correctly locating the lesson that needs to be followed
  • reading the student planner on a daily basis and using this as a further means of communication between them and school.

EXTRA-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Year 7, 8, 9 Music Instrumental Tuition for 2018-19

At Langdon Academy, we strongly believe in developing the skills and talents of our young people to ensure excellence in every aspect of their school life. This means that we invest generously in helping our students not only to gain excellent grades in their examinations, but also to enable them to leave school with many other attributes such as being a musician. Because of our commitment, the extra-curricular instrumental lessons are hugely subsidised by the academy. We will provide instrument tuition for as little as £20 a year per instrument.

The benefits of music-making are well documented:

  • Playing and performing with others is known to improve self-esteem, self-confidence, communication and social skills;
  • It leads to positive attitudes towards learning and improves standards not only in Music but other curriculum areas too;
  • Playing an instrument will better prepare students to take GCSE and GCE music and participate in various musical ensembles, concerts etc.

If your child is interested:

  1. Choose the instrument: we currently offer Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, Violin, Trumpet, Trombone, Piano, Drum kit, and Vocal lessons.
  2. Type in the following link: https://tinyurl.com/ybsshnfpinto your web browser (do not google – it will not work!)
  3. Pay via ParentPay (preferable) or pick up an application form from the Music Department.

N.B The Music Department is also open for students to practise and play musicbefore school (from 8am), during lunch time and after school.