In the music department in first and second year your child will have the opportunity to develop listening skills and compose as well as learning to play a variety of classroom instruments including:
Keyboard, Tuned and Untuned Percussion, Guitar and Drumkit
Pupils learn to play, listen, compose and read music through the study of a variety of Topics and Musical Styles:
S1 – Families of the Orchestra, Latin American Music, Reggae and Scottish Music
S2 – Instruments of the Orchestra, World music, Blues and Jazz, Music and The Media, Pop and Scottish Music
Each topic lasts approximately 6 weeks. At the end of each topic pupils are assessed on performing skills and understanding music (listening and literacy). Keyboard, Guitar and Drumkit progress are monitored through continuous assessment.
S1 and S2
Homework tasks are issued to support the listening and literacy elements of the course. The course in S1/2 is topic based. Each topic lasts for approximately six weeks and a series of compulsory Home Learning tasks (including historical and cultural context, musical literacy and musical concepts) are issued throughout the session.
In addition pupil are encouraged where possible to access alternative sources e.g. books, internet, family discussions etc in order to reinforce the knowledge of each topic.
Homework is marked by the class teacher.
Pupils taking instrumental instruction are expected to practise on a daily basis.
S1/ S2 Useful websites for music.
The following websites contain useful information to enhance the S1/S2 curriculum. As well as providing additional information many of the sites have audio/video clips as well as quizzes and worksheets. Enjoy!
Information Covering All Topics, Online Concepts Dictionary and Revision
Information Covering Some Topics – Includes Games
Guides to Orchestral Instruments
Guide to Orchestral and Band Instruments
Latin American Music
World Music – S2 only
Sitar and Tabla and Gamelan
All three topics
http://www.ltscotland.org.uk/nq/resources/learnlisteningonline/accesstoint2/worldmusic/index.asp (Look at Access 3, Intermediate 1 and Intermediate 2)
Reading and Writing Music
http://www.musictechteacher.com/musicquizzes.htm (Includes games and some music technology)
Playing Keyboard, Drums and Guitar