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Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.

Year 7 Music Curriculum

Year 8 Music Curriculum




1 Where it all started? The Blues

(7 weeks)

K of primary chords (I, IV, V) and the 12-bar progression; U of how the blues scale fits around chords; S: performance of a piece of blues

Demonstration of primary chords and 12-bar progression.

2 Roots, Rebellion, Reggae – Jamaican Music

(7 weeks)

K of Reggae’s ‘one-drop’ drum beat; U of the development of reggae; S: performing Three Little Birds  

Demonstration of Three Little Birds

3 In The Mood! Jazz

(6 weeks)

K of jazz music and how it developed; U of chord and non-chord notes within improvisation; S: performing In The Mood

Demonstration of improvisation over In The Mood

4 Can Anyone Write Music?

The Art of Composing


(6 weeks)

K of types of melodic movement; U of melodic phrase structure; S: Composing a melody

Composing a melody

5 Ground Bass to
4-chord trick –

Musical Cycles

(6 weeks)

K of ground bass and different types of musical cycles; U of how musical cycles support musical structure S: Performing a musical cycle

Performance of a musical cycle

6 Musical Futures –

Preparing Performances

(6 weeks)

K of chords, melody and rhythm for a chosen song; U of how to work towards a small-group performance; S: sharing a prepared performance

Prepared performance