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Alternative KS3 Music Curriculum?

Discussion in 'Music' started by thin lizzie, Mar 26, 2016.

  1. thin lizzie

    thin lizzie New commenter

    Hi. My Head has given me the opportunity to completely redesign our KS3 music curriculum. He can see the value of drama, but less so of music so would like to see more performing, with a view to every child being involved in a performance to parents each term. Talk has included how students can all learn an instrument ( he has a dislike of keyboards) and is willing to throw a lot of money at this. We currently have no peris as when ours retired/students left, a previous head wasn't keen on keeping this going.
    I just wondered if anyone has been in a similar situation or ideas for how this could work. I currently do Btec at KS4 which is very popular. All thoughts welcome!
  2. stupot101

    stupot101 Established commenter

    If I was in your position, I would be looking towards developing a syllabus around Trinity Rockschool and LCM/RGT syllabus. Both examination systems use practical exams in Guitar, Bass, Vocals, Piano/Keyboards. LCM also have Popular Music Theory exams. Trinity and LCM also have separate Musical Theatre exams.

    You would probably have to hire Peris as part of the curriculum. However, I don't know how you are going to get around the Keyboard problem.

    Now a little bit of confusion has occurred.
    TrintyGuldhall Rockschool exams are here


    Rockschool exams are here


    It is now two separate examination boards (originally Trinity Rockschool. I only just found this out!)

    LCM Popular music theory and Guitar, Bass exams



    I am pretty sure that the higher thoery grades 6,7 and 8 will count towards the UCAS entry. (check LCM though)

    If your Btec is in popular music then either of the exam boards materials would be useful.

    You may also find that the boards will do a 'band' type syllabus (Bass, Guitar. vocals etc.) and group singing exam materials - use for performances!

    Good luck
  3. silverfern

    silverfern New commenter

    Do you know about Musical Futures? http://www.musicalfutures.org/ The website gives you a good idea of their model and there's the option of resources and training courses too.

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