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Blackfen School for Girls

Blackfen School for Girls

Raising aspirations - releasing potential


Welcome to the Blackfen School for Girls Music Department, a growing, vibrant and exciting hub of musical excellence where creativity and skill are nurtured and celebrated.

Our facilities include a state of the art ICT suite, a large recording studio with a separate control booth, an additional smaller recording room, 2 practice rooms, performance classroom and a large performance space with green room and sound and lighting booth, making us one of the biggest and most up to date music departments in the Bexley.

Our aim as a department is to:

  • Ensure every student has an equal opportunity to have a valuable musical experience. Every student is to be taken on a musical journey around the world of music and have the chance to engage in different musical cultures
  • Help students with previous and current musical experience to grow further, nurturing their skills, adding to their knowledge and skill set with a broad range of music provisions.
  • Provide opportunities for students to grow as musicians as well as celebrate their musical achievements through concerts, showcases, talent shows, workshops and trips.
  • Ensure that all students understand the different roles within music and their importance within the entertainment field and society at large.

    We offer instrumental tuition for a wide range of instruments (from Piano to Trombone to Guitar), numerous bands, choirs, and ICT programmes to join, plus FREE additional support for courses. Extra-curricular experiences include overseas trips, seminars and master classes.

    Pupils build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. They develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They should listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice as musicians. They should use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.

    Pupils should be taught to:

  • Play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression
  • Improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • Use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices
  • Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians develop a deepening understanding of the music that they perform and to which they listen, and its history.

Key stage 3:

We have an exciting, varied programme of study which involves assessment in performing, composing, listening and appraising/reflecting. Girls study a wide range of music from medieval plainchant to blues, programme/film music and samba. Parents can support their daughter by encouraging her to listen to a variety of musical styles, and to be open minded.

Year 7


Unit of Work


Unit 1

Night & Day

The Elements of Music

Pitch, Texture, Timbre & Dynamic




Graphic Scores

Pitch, Tempo, Dynamics

Duration, Texture, Silence

Attack & Decay, Timbre

Unit 2

Rhythm & Pulse


Exploring Rhythm

Rhythm, Structure & Form



Rhythm, Pulse, Beat, Ostinato

Note Values – crotchet, minim, quaver, pair of quavers, semibreve

Rhythm Grid Notation



Unit 3


Polyrhythms & Improvisation

Rhythm, Texture, Structure & Form


Carnival Music

Latin-American Instruments

Rhythm & Pulse


Call and Response



Percussion Textures & Timbres

Unit 4

Instruments of the Orchestra

Exploring Timbre

Pitch, Texture, Timbre & Dynamics, Melody & Harmony

Strings, Brass

Woodwind, Percussion March – Class Orchestra

Conducting, Timbre

Tuned & Untuned Percussion

Instrument Research

Unit 5

Form & Structure

Musical Structures

Pitch, Texture, Harmony & Melody, Structure & Form

Melody Writing

Q & A Phrases

Binary, Ternary, Rondo

Song Structure




Unit 6

Popular Song


Exploring Songs & Arrangements

Texture, Melody & Harmony, Structure & Form

Musical Arrangements

Cover Songs Popular Songs

Song Structure

Textures & Layers

Recording a Song

Music Technology

Digital Effects

Year 8


Unit of Work


Unit 1

Reggae Music

Exploring Reggae & Syncopation

Rhythm, Pitch, Texture,

Melody & Harmony


Bass Line

Offbeat Chords





Unit 2

The Blues

Exploring Improvisation

Pitch, Melody & Harmony,

Structure & Form

12 Bar Blues – Chords

Blues Scale


Walking Bass Lines

Ragtime Music

Chord Vamps

Jazz and Blues Songs

Unit 3

Classical Remix

Developing Musical Ideas

Texture, Timbre & Dynamics,

Melody & Harmony,

Structure & Form

The Elements of Music

Varying Melodies

Ground Bass




Unit 4  Music & Space

Exploring Sounds

Texture, Timbre & Dynamics

Acoustic vs. Electronic Sounds

Programme Music – “The Planets” by Gustav Holst

Graphic Notation

Timbre & Instrumentation


Unit 5

Indian Music

Exploring Raga

Pitch, Texture, Melody & Harmony,

Structure & Form

Structure of an Indian Raga

Traditional Indian Musical Instruments



Raga Scale & Mood


Unit 6


Exploring Songs & Singing

Pitch, Texture, Melody & Harmony,

Structure & Form

Voice Types – SATB


A Capella

Call & Response Songs

Rounds, Song with Ostinato, Part Songs

Vocal Textures & Layers

Year 9


Unit of Work


Unit 1


Year 9 Unit 2

Film Music

Music & The Media

Melody & Harmony, Timbre &

Dynamics, Structure & Form


Atmosphere & Mood

Story Board

Cue Sheet




James Bond Films



Unit 2

Year 9 Unit 4


Exploring motifs, polyrhythms and


Rhythm, Pitch, Texture, Structure & Form

Cyclic Rhythms


Phase Shift


Rhythmic and Melodic motivic transformation

Textures & Layers


New directions in music

Links with music and Art


Unit 3

Year 9 Unit 1


Exploring Shows and Songs from the Stage

Pitch, Melody & Harmony, Structure & Form

Performance and Analysis of songs and music

from Musicals – “Chicago”;

Chords & Chord Vamps




Composition of a scene from a Musical


Unit 4

Year 9 Unit 3

Rock ‘n’ Roll

Exploring Chords & Bass Lines

Pitch, Texture,

Melody & Harmony

Chords & Triads

Root, Third, Fifth

Bass Lines/Walking Bass Line

Chords & Chord Progressions

Twelve-bar Blues

Scat Singing


Unit 5 & 6

Composing and

performing Popular Song

Exploring Songs & Arrangements

Texture, Melody & Harmony, Structure & Form

Musical Arrangements

Cover Songs Popular Songs

Composing contemporary music

Song Structure

Textures & Layers

Recording a Song

Music Technology

Digital Effects


GCSE Music (Eduqas/WJEC)

Why should I choose Music?

Music is a fun, rewarding and inclusive course to study at GCSE, but it can also be very challenging. It is a

subject that any student can study, whether you play the piano, guitar or sing. It can also appeal to

rappers, drummers, beat-boxers and those who enjoy mixing samples with sequencing software. The

course teaches you skills such as teamwork, listening, problem-solving, creativity and communication skills,

which are transferable and useful in all subjects and future careers.

What will I study?

The course is divided into four areas of study: -

AoS1: Musical Form and Structure – you will learn how a composer structures their music by studying

examples from classical and popular genres.

AoS2: Music for Ensemble - You will learn all about music written for groups of musicians, from string

quartets to musical theatre and rock n roll bands.

AoS3: Film Music – You will learn how composers use music to describe the acting and affect emotion and

atmosphere in film music. We will study famous movie soundtracks such as Star Wars and The Dark

Knight, and you will compose your own music for these movies.

AoS4: Pop Music – you will experience an eclectic mix of popular music, from rock n roll to bhangra and


How will I be assessed?

Performing (30%) – You will be assessed on your chosen instrument, performing on your instrument or

voice, or you can use sequencing packages such as GarageBand or Logic.

Composing (30%) – You will compose two different compositions throughout the course.

Listening & Appraising (40%) – you will complete a listening exam testing you on your understanding and


How will GCSE Music benefit me in the future?

Music gives you an edge over many candidates in the job market, as well as UCAS university applications,

as you will be able to offer skills and experiences that employers are looking for. You will be creative,

communicative, expressive individuals, all of which are extremely attractive to employers.

Which careers can I access with GCSE Music?

You can access careers in the Music Industry, but also Business Management, Broadcasting, Teaching and

Arts Management.