Curriculum
Music

Subject Vision
Music is so much a part of the background of everyday life that it tends to get taken for granted.  Yet, for many people it is a powerful focus for creative energy, and one which both stimulates and guides the imagination. Music at Unity College will give all students an enjoyable experience that will foster a love of music for life. Students will learn about learn about the cultural aspects of a variety of musical genre, whilst developing instrumental skills, confidence and interpersonal skills.“Music expresses that which cannot be said and on which it is impossible to be silent.”   – Victor Hugo

 

Programme of Study
Year 7

  • Rhythm Skills
  • The Haunted House
  • Clasics to Modern
  • The Pentatonic Scale
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Ensemble Skills
  • Find Your Voice
  • Reggae
  • Samba
  • Minimalism
  • Managing a Music Product
  • Pop Music
  • Film Music

 

 

Exams taken at GCSE
Eduqas GCSE Music and vocational music are offered

 

Enrichment and extra-curricular activities
  • Coursework Clinic – students from GCSE groups are able to get extra help and challenge themselves to be the best they can.
  • Unity Choir – all students welcome to learn to sing in harmony and enjoy being part of a larger ensemble.
  • Carol Service – our most talented performers and ensembles are invited to perform at our annual carol service.
  • Performance Trips – trips to see live performances are open to our GCSE and able and talented students.
  • Balcony Performances – students are able to see the audition process for musicians by auditioning and performing at our half termly balcony performances.
  • Musical Productions – students are able to contribute to the cross faculty productions to enrich and support student’s interest in the arts.
  • Percussion Ensemble – our most talented performers are invited to develop their skills by performing with a percussion ensemble.
  • Concert Tours – trips both within the UK and abroad to develop their cultural understanding of music.
  • Samba Band – a lively drumming group aimed at all students.
  • Chamber Choir – an auditioned choir who focus on more traditional repoertoire.

 

How to support your child in this subject
  • Talk about what they have been learning about in lessons and encourage them to reflect on what they have achieved.
  • Listen to a wide variety of musical genres. YouTube can be a great resource for this.
  • Practice their instruments/voice at home.
  • Attend rehearsals regularly.
  • Encourage your child to learn a musical instrument. YouTube can be a great resource for this.
  • Take your child to see a live performance.
  • Visit websites such as BBC Bitesize and the school VLE.
  • Purchase study guides for GCSE.