Music at Toot Hill

Key Stage 3 (Years 7-8)

At Key Stage 3, the curriculum is delivered through the use of individual work booklets, each of which cover one topic area - roughly a terms work.

In year 7, students are given the opportunity to learn either the saxophone, guitar or trumpet free of charge.

The aim of the music department is for all pupils at Key Stage 3 to broaden their musical experience through the study of a variety of musical genres. Throughout the Key Stage, pupils will have the opportunity to perform, compose, listen and appraise their work, focusing on a specific musical genre each term.

At Toot Hill, we feel it important for pupils to experience working as an individual, in a pair and as part of differentiated groups. Working in such varied groups is essential as it enables pupils to increase their awareness of their individual contribution to a group and ensemble, as well as valuing the contribution of others.

Although much of the work at Key Stage 3 focuses on the development of practical musicianship, pupils are expected to engage in a variety of aural discrimination and appraising activities. Such activities encourage pupils to discriminate between sounds, critically evaluate music using correct terminology and make links between different genres and cultures, not solely within the musical world.

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