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Curriculum Map Template 

KS3 

Subject: 

Y7 Content 

Y7 Key Assessment 

Y8 Content 

Y8 Key Assessment 

Y9 Content 

Y9 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Elements of Music 

Performance assessment focused on the fundamentals of music 

Freestyle Music 

Performance and composition assessment focused on the history of modern rap and hip hop music 

What Makes A Good Song 

Composition assessment based on the conventions of Pop Music 

Autumn 2 

Music for Film and Television 

Composition assessment focused on how visual and sound link 

Impressionism 

Composition assessment focused on how Music and Art interrelate historically 

Post Modernism 

Performance assessment focused on Conventions, Style & Genre 

Spring 1 

World Music 

Performance/ Composition assessment focused on different musical cultures combined 

Minimalism 

Performance assessment focused on Conventions, Style & Genre 

African Drumming 

Performance and peer assessment focused on Analysis and Evaluation of cultural techniques 

Spring 2 

Vocal Mashups 

Written and performance assessment focused on Analysis and vocal techniques 

Blues Music 

Written and performance assessment focused on the history and conventions of the style 

Listening 

Written assessment focused on Exam technique 

Summer 1 

Ukulele 

Performance assessment focused on Conventions, Style and Genre 

7 Nation Army 

Performance assessment focused on interpreting notation forms 

Music Technology 

Composition assessment focused on utilising Minimalist techniques and acapella vocals 

Summer 2 

DJing 

Composition assessment focussed on arranging music 

Independent Study 

A combined research and composition task based on a style of the students’ choice 

Music Technology 

Performance assessment focused on utilising Minimalist techniques 

 

KS4 

Course: 

Y10 Content 

Y10 Key Assessment 

Y11 Content 

Y11 Key Assessment 

Autumn 1 

Vocal Music: Killer Queen by Queen 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Music for Stage 

and Screen: S. Schwartz: Defying Gravity (from the album of the cast 

recording of Wicked) 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Autumn 2 

Vocal Music: H. Purcell: Music for a While 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Music for Stage 

and Screen: J. Williams: Main title/rebel blockade runner (from the 

soundtrack to Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope) 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Spring 1 

Instrumental Music 

1700–1820: J.S. Bach: 3rd Movement from Brandenburg Concerto no. 5 

in D major 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Instrumental Music 

1700–1820 Overview Exam Preparation 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Spring 2 

Instrumental Music 

1700–1820: L. van Beethoven: 1st Movement from Piano Sonata no. 8 

in C minor ‘Pathétique’ 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Vocal Music:  Overview Exam Preparation 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Summer 1 

Fusions: Afro Celt Sound System: Release (from the album ‘Volume 2: 

Release’ 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Music for Stage 

and Screen: Overview Exam Preparation 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Summer 2 

Fusions: Esperanza Spalding: Samba Em Preludio (from the album 

‘Esperanza’) 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

Composition and Performance Controlled Assessment Occur throughout. 

Fusions: Overview Exam Preparation 

Summative Unit Test: Practice exam questions 

 

 

Year 12 

BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma in Music Technology (Production) 

Unit No & Title  

Assignment No & Title 

Learning Objective 

Assessment Criteria 

Assessment Date 

Unit 1: Live Sound 

Assignment 1: Planning The Gig 

A: Examine live sound technology, equipment and roles 

1/A.D1 
1/A.M1 
1/A.M2 
1/A.P1 
1/A.P2 

Spring Term 1 

Unit 1: Live Sound 

Assignment 2: Rockin' The Gig 

B: Carry out the set-up and sound check of a live sound  system to meet the needs of performers and audience 
C: Develop live recording and mixing techniques. 

1/B.D2 
1/B.M3 
1/B.M4 
1/B.P3 
1/B.P4  1/C.D3 
1/C.M5 
1/C.P5 

Spring Term 2 

Unit 2: Studio Recording Techniques 

Assignment 1: Exploring Studio Recording Techniques  

A: Explore the equipment and processes used for a multitrack studio recording  

2/A.D1  
2/A.M1  
2/A.M2  
2/A.P1  
2/A.P2  

Spring Term 1 

Unit 2: Studio Recording Techniques 

Assignment 2: Studio Recording Session Planning and Implementation 

B: Carry out music recording session planning to prepare for a multitrack recording  
C: Carry out music recording using techniques and processes for a multitrack recording  
D: Review the processes used in the recording of the multitrack recordings. 

2/BC.D2 
2/B.M3 
2/C.M4 
2/B.P3 
2/C.P4 

Spring Term 1 

Unit 12 - Music Technology in Performance 

Assignment 1: Arts Festival Planning 

A Understand how music technology can be used in live performance 

12/A.P1 
12/A.P2 
12/A.M1 
12/A.D1 

Summer Term 1 

Unit 12 - Music Technology in Performance 

Assignment 2: Arts festival performance 

B: Develop Material for performance using music technology 
C: Perform live using music technology 

12/B.D2 
12/B.M2 
12/B.P3 
12/B.P4 

Summer Term 1 

Unit 15: Music Investigation 

Assignment 1: University Application 1 

Assignment 2: University Application 2 

A: Explore techniques and opportunities for planning investigations 
B: Carry out investigations using appropriate sources 

15/A.D1 
15/A.M1 
15/A.M2 
15/A.P1 
15/A.P2 

Summer Term 1 

Unit 15: Music Investigation 

Assignment 2: University Application 2 

C: Present findings of research 

15/C.D3 
15/C.M4 
15/C.P6 
15/C.P7 

Summer Term 1 

 

Year 13 

Pearson BTEC National Diploma in Music Technology 

Unit No & Title  

Assignment No & Title 

Learning Objective 

Assessment Criteria 

Assessment Date 

Unit 3: Music and Sound For Media 

Assignment 1: Creative Media Soundtrack Article 

A: Understand the use of music and sound in media products 

3/A.D1  
3/A.M1   
3/A.P1  
3/A.P2 

Spring Term 1 

Unit 3: Music and Sound For Media 

Assignment 2: Portfolio 

B: Develop sound for use in media products 
C: Develop music for media products 

3/B.D2 
3/C.D3 
3/B.M2 
3/C.M3 
3/B.P3 
3/B.P4 
3/C.P5 
3/C.P6 

Spring Term 1 

Unit 8: Creative Synthesis and Sampling 

Assignment 1: Job Interview 

A: Understand the functions of synthesisers and samplers 

8/A.D1 
8/A.M1 
8/A.P1 

Summer Term 1 

Unit 8: Creative Synthesis and Sampling 

Assignment 2: Job Promotion 

B: Explore the use of synthesisers and samplers to create, capture and manipulate sounds 
C: Carry out the production of music using synthesisers and samplers 

8/B.D2 
8/B.M2 
8/B.P2 8/C.D3 
8/C.M3 
8/C.P3 

Summer Term 1 

Unit 10 - Remixing and Reworking 

Assignment 1: Subject Choice and Proposal  

A: Understand a variety of remixing techniques 

10/A.P1 
10/A.M1 
10/A.D1 

Summer Term 2 

Unit 10 - Remixing and Reworking 

Assignment 2: Mixing and Remixing MIDI 

B: Explore, by developing and reviewing, remixing styles and 
production techniques 
C: Carry out a remix using audio and MIDI sequencing techniques 

10/B.P2 
10/B.M2 
10/B.D2 10/C.P3 
10/C.M3 
10/C.D3 

Summer Term 2 

Unit 18: Working and Developing as a Production Team 

Assignment 1: From start to finish – Planning and creating an album 

A: Understand the different roles and responsibilities involved in the music production process 

18/A.D1 
18/A.M1 
18/A.M2 
18/A.P1 
18/A.P2 

Spring Term 2 

Unit 18: Working and Developing as a Production Team 

Assignment 2: ‘From start to finish – Creating and reviewing the production of an album.’ 

B: Undertake a music production project 
C: Review the music production project 

18/B.D2 
18/B.M3 
18/B.P3 
18/C.D3 
18/C.M4 
18/C.P4 
18/C.P5 

Spring Term 2