Why study Music?

The music curriculum at Dyson Perrins CE Academy aims to ensure that all pupils:

At Dyson Perrins the intention is that students:

Music KS3


Learning Cycle 1

Learning Cycle 2

Learning Cycle 3

Year 7

Module and assessment

Elements of Music

I’ve Got Rhythm

Form and Structure

Hooks and Riffs

Festive Keyboard Skills


Key Words, Concepts and Musical Knowledge

Pitch, Tempo, Dynamics (pp, p, mp, mf, f, ff, cresc., dim.), Duration, Texture, Timbre, Sonority, Articulation, Silence, Notation, Staff Notation, Stave, Graphic Notation, Graphic Score

Rhythm, Pulse, Beat, March, Waltz, Time Signature, Conducting, Accent, Rhythm Grid Notation, Semibreve, Minim, Crotchet, Quaver, Pair of Quavers, Bar Line, Bars, Ostinato, Cyclic Rhythm Polyrhythm, polyrhythmic texture

Q&A/Call and Response Phrases, Binary Form (AB), Ternary Form (ABA), Rondo Form (ABACADA..), Phrase, Melody, Harmony, Ostinato, Drone, Treble Clef Pitch Notation

Repeat, Repetition, Repeat Symbol :||, Hook, Melodic Hook, Rhythmic Hook, Verbal Hook, Riff, Ostinato, Treble Clef, Bass Clef, Bass Line, Melody, Chords

Music Theory

Italian terms relating to Tempo

Italian terms and musical symbols relating to Dynamics and Gradations of Dynamics

Legato and Staccato Articulation markings.

Note Values - Semibreve, Minim, Crotchet, Quaver, Pair of Quavers, semiquavers

Simple Time Signatures

Bars and Bar Lines

Musical Forms and Structures - Binary (AB), Ternary (ABA), Rondo (ABACADA…)

Musical Phrases and Phrasing Markings. 

Treble and Bass Clef Symbols

Musical Repeat Markings and Symbols

Year 8

Module and assessment

African Music/Sarahan Sounds

Variations/Pachelbel’s Canon

All About The Bass

Key Words, Concepts and Musical Knowledge

Bass Sound, Cyclic Rhythm, Djembe, Duns, Polyrhythm, Rhythm, Slap Sound, Tone Sound

Pitch, Polyrhythm, Polyrhythmic Texture, Pulse, Arrangement, Beat, Offbeat, Regular Pulse, Riff, Syncopation, Beat, Call and Response, Improvisation, Master Drummer, Offbeat, Q&A ,

Melody: countermelody, treble clef notation, melodic movement, stepwise movement, melodic intervals, linear, steps, leaps,

Harmony: chord, triad, major, minor, root, harmonic interval, harmonisation of a melody, passing note, non-harmony notes, drone,

Structure: theme, variation, canon/round

Musical Devices: retrograde, inversion, augmentation, diminution

Articulation: Staccato, Legato

Performance Techniques: Trills, vibrato, tremolo, double stopping

Bass Line, Bass Clef, Bass Clef Staff Notation, Stave, Staff, Lines/Spaces, Pitch, Musical Instruments that use the Bass Clef, The Bass Guitar, Chords: Root, Third, Fifth, Passing Notes, Bass Line Patterns: Walking Bass, Bass Line Riffs, Alberti Bass, Broken Chords, Arpeggios, Pedal.

Music Theory

Playing Chords/Triads

Ensemble Performance

Melodic and Rhythmic Performance

Tones and Semitones
Major and Minor Scales/Tonality

Bass Clef Staff Notation

Degrees of the Scale/Roman Numerals


Textural Terminology: monophonic/homophonic/polyphonic/octaves

The Grand Staff comparative to piano layout

Year 9

Module and assessment

All That Jazz

Film Music/Soundtracks

Project Pathway Brief-led Assignment

Key Words, Concepts and Musical Knowledge

12 Bar Blues, Blues Chord Sequence, Blues Song Structure (AAB) Blues Scale, Blues Song Lyrics, Chords and Seventh Chords I I7 IV IV7 V V7; Chord vamps, Improvisation, Swing/Swung rhythms, Ostinato, Riffs, Fills and Solos; types and styles of Jazz; Modes and Modal Jazz, Ragtime; Instruments of Jazz, Frontline (solos) and Rhythm Section.

Leitmotif, Soundtrack, Theme Song, Mickey-Mousing, Concord/Discord, (Chromatic) Sequencing, Storyboard, ‘Borrowed’ Music, Music-Spotting, Interval of a 5th, Click Tracks/Timing, Theme, Sound Effects, Motif, Timbre/Sonority, Musical Clichés, Diegetic and Non-Diegetic Music.

Students can choose from a selection of Briefs under the following headings:

1)       Research, Rehearse, Perform and Record (Performance Pathway)

2)       Research, Create, Compose and Record (Composition Pathway)

3)       Research, Select, Collate and Present (Research and Analysis Pathway)

They will use the skills they have learnt throughout KS3 to put together a project in their chosen area of expertise.  This can be done as an individual, in pairs or as a small group – depending on suitability of the pathway brief. 

Music Theory


Seventh Chords,

Blues Scale including chromaticism,

rhythmic features and syncopation

Intervals of a 5th

Concords and Discords

Consolidation of KS3 learning relative to their chosen pathway.


Music KS4



Learning Cycle 1

Learning Cycle 2

Learning Cycle 3

Year 10

AoS 5: Conventions of Pop Music

AoS 1: My Music

AoS 3: Rhythms of the World

Year 11

AoS 4: Film Music

AoS 2: The Concerto Through Time

Revision and Preparation for Exams

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