St Mary's Catholic College, Wallasey

St Mary's Catholic College
A Voluntary Aided Academy

Year 9

Throughout Year 9 Students receive a 1 hour lesson of music a week. During these lessons students develop their understanding of the three main components of music education - Listening, Composing and Performing. They develop skills, key language and knowledge using a variety of musical styles and genres to support and encourage learning. Units in Year 9 include;

  1. Blues and Improvisation - Students develop their ability to improvise over a chord structure. As well as developing an understanding of the origins of this very important and influential genre of music.
  2. Film Music - Students develop an understanding of how composers use music to support, enhance, create atmosphere, tension and suggest time and place; to support moving image through the use of musical devices and elements.
  3. Riffs in Pop Music - Students investigate how pop music from 1950 to present day can be built upon a simple riff. Students compose and perform their own pop music based upon a riff or vocal hook.
  4. Minimalist Music - Students experience and experiment with a variety of minimalist composition techniques and reflect and develop a personal opinion as what music is.
  5. Rap and Hip Hop - Students investigate the origins of Rap and Hip Hop, the social context of this style and the way the music is performed and composed.
  6. Class Band - Students develop their ensemble and team working skills by creating rehearsing and performing music on a variety of musical instruments and through a range of musical styles.

During music lessons students can expect to take part in a variety of activities. You will develop your musical skills, knowledge and understanding through performing, composing, listening and appraising tasks, whilst using a variety of instruments and singing to support these. Students are always encouraged to perform in every lesson.

Within Music lessons students acquire and develop important personal and social skills which can be used in a variety of non musical activities and subjects; as well as in everyday use outside of school. Music allows students to grow in confidence, communicate with others and become a valuable team member.

Students will be required to do homework to help support the learning they have experienced during their lesson. These may include listening tasks, research tasks or an Arts Independent Project (A.I.P) which are long extended projects which students do over a series of weeks.

We have a wide range of extra-curricular opportunities for students to get involved in. These are a great way of students reinforcing and developing skills and knowledge they have learnt in lessons as well as building social skills, self confidence, meeting new people or even just having fun.

You can also learn an instrument with one of our specialist teachers who come in every week; this could be Guitar, Bass Guitar, Brass, Woodwind, Strings, Drums and Singing. If you are interested in learning one of these instruments and developing your musical skills even further, come and speak to us and we will give you all the information you need to know.

There are a great many musical performances over the year for Year 9 students to get involved in including assemblies, concerts and the annual college show. As a department we are also always open to new ideas and suggestions for extra curricular groups and activities and will try and support student's personal musical interests.

The Music Department believes that everyone can achieve in music and you will be encouraged to do so.