Music plays a large part at Northampton School for Boys, with concerts, stage productions and national competitions.
Below is a breakdown of the Music curriculum at NSB.
Each student will have an hourly lesson of music each week.
Term 1 - Elements of Music
Students will sing songs in unison and two parts
Perform and recognise simple rhythms and musical notation Learn about instruments of the orchestra
Use ICT in Music to explore, choose, combine and organise musical ideas.
Term 2 - Planets
Students will study Holst’s Planet Suite and create their own version of a Planet through music using a variety of scales, note cluster, and melodies that encapsulate the character of the Planet. Students will draw on their knowledge of scientific planet research to appreciate their composition
Pupils will also be preparing several songs for the Christmas Concerts. This will be their first opportunity to perform on the Cripps Hall Theatre stage!
Term 3 - Cartoon Storyboard
Introduction to ICT – Sibelius or Cubase to create music to a Cartoon Storyboard. Pupils will be working individually using the new ICT Computer Suite.
Term 4 - Jazzing Around
Students learn about instruments, scales and rhythms used in Jazz and how to improvise. Students to perform Arriba as a class and in groups
Term 5 - 20th Century Music
Students learn about the main composition techniques and styles of the 20th Century including Impressionist music, minimalism and interpret graphic scores. Students use own instruments and tuned percussion to perform their group compositions.
Term 6 - Medieval Music & Performances
Understand the context of Medieval Music and musicians in Europe. Learn about rhythms in 6/8, modes, drones and instruments of the day. Compose and perform own piece in 6/8.
At some point during the year the students will be required to prepare a solo or ensemble piece to perform to the class.