YEAR 8 Overview

•  Orchestra, ensemble, understanding how combinations of sounds produce different textures and timbres.

•  Practical musicianship - exploring instruments and sounds

•  Ensemble project: RLPO schools concerts

•  Independent and group work to facilitate learning and development.

 

 

Term 1:

Discovering how an ensemble keeps together, using a common beat to regulate rhythm; to be able to increase and decrease tempo, dynamics, pitch; the role of the conductor/director.

Discovering how stringed instruments produce their sound, and blend with other ensemble instruments within an ensemble. Use film scores to demonstrate how orchestras enhance a movie and their value assist in the creation of emotions and specific scenes in the film world.

Term 2:

Discovering how woodwind instruments produce their sound and blend (interact) with other instruments within an ensemble.

Find out why (historically) the pitch and tonality of wind instruments evolved towards the twentieth century, and how some instruments have to transpose to maintain pitch alongside other instruments.

Visit the Philharmonic Hall, Liverpool to watch a schools concert and engage in the scheme of work provided by the RLPO.

Appraise the concert afterwards, analysing each piece of music played.

Term 3:

Discovering how brass instruments produce their sound and blend (interact) with other instruments within an ensemble.

Find out why brass instruments are in so many different keys and how they adapt to playing within an ensemble.

Discovering how percussion instruments produce their sound blend in with other instruments within an ensemble.

Find out the generic names of percussion instruments around the world and engage in practical drumming activities, particularly Samba. Form a samba band and learn the art of ensemble playing, interacting with each other and playing independently.

 

 

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