Robertsbridge Community College

Music

Our curriculum intent

Music education is an important aspect of providing children with a well-rounded education. When allowed to work in harmony with other subjects and areas of study, music helps children grow in self-esteem, build essential skills and prepare for bright futures.

Robertsbridge offers a music curriculum that covers many aspects of music from around the world which in turn teaches students about other cultures. We explore music in the film and game industry, pop music, rock music plus many other engaging topics. We also cover the important musical skills of composition and performance which is vital for achieving good grades at GCSE level.

The progressional journey of music at Robertsbridge builds foundational skills in the early years moving towards learning about music from around the world both present day and in the past, moving onto composing and performing which then well prepares students who choose the subject at GCSE. Music is able to bring people together, it improves the mental well-being and cognitive skills. Music has the ability to enrich and change the lives of students.

What this looks like in practice

Music at Robertsbridge is enriching, modern and exciting.  As a department, we ,conduct a Christmas and Summer show every year that gives all students the opportunity to showcase their skills and build confidence through performing.

In Key Stage 3, students study a broad range of topics, such as:

  • Elements of music - Understanding how songs are pieced together; Learning how to compose music
  • Rhythms of the world - African djembe drumming; Brazilian samba; Greek music; Palestinian and Israeli music; Indian music
  • Pop Music - Understanding structures of songs; Composing pop songs; Analysing songs in detail
  • Instruments of the Orchestra - Learning about the families of instruments in the orchestra; strings, woodwind, brass, percussion; Composing orchestral music
  • Film Music - How film composers create music; Composing music based on emotion; Understanding themes and ideas
  • Performance Skills - Creating bands, working alongside others to replicate songs; Composing music as a solo artist and also as a band

In Key Stage 4, students students can select Music as an option subject where they will follow the OCR GCSE Music 9-1 specification. This allows them to further develop their knowledge and understanding through compositions, performances and specific theory content. We focus our efforts on the following:

  • Performances - Ensemble and Solo
  • Compositions - Free composition and Composition to a brief
  • Theory lessons - Theory lessons in all areas of study  - Rhythms of the world, concerto through time, pop music, film/game music.