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Stage 4 (Years 7 and 8)

Year 7 

1. The Basic Elements of Music

Features Australian indigenous and non-indigenous music & culture, and reflects achievements of both genders

· Raw materials and nature of music

· How Sounds are made

· Four qualities of Sound: Pitch, Duration, Dynamics and Tone Colour

· How pitch and duration are notated on paper

· Other elements of music: Harmony, Dynamics, Texture and Tempo, Rhythm, and Structure

· Program music – composition

2. Instruments of Music

· Untuned percussion instruments - composition

· Tuned percussion instruments

· The piano

· The orchestral woodwind instruments

· The saxophone and orchestral brass instruments

· The orchestral strings

· Research and produce a poster – instruments of World cultures or the orchestra (not rock instruments)

3. Music on TV

· Cartoon themes setting the scene & mood

· Sitcoms –music uses tone colour, duration and other effects to portray the comedy feel of the shows

· Crime shows – music suggests drama action and character

· Compose in small groups music to reflect a story using 3 – 5 instruments

· Music and Advertising – the jingle – perform a variety of jingles – create a product and jingle in groups.

Year 8

Rock Music: The Characteristics of Rock and Styles of Rock

·  The characteristics of Rock: the form, improvisation, rock beat, instruments

· Rock n’ Roll

· Heavy Rock – Performance and Listening

· Soft Rock (ICT research) – Performance

· Country Rock (ICT research) – Performance

· Commercial Pop (ICT research) - Listening

· Rock technology – Electronica, sequencers and looping software

· Songs with non-rock influences (ICT research)

· Indigenous Rock and other Australian Rock Styles

· Performance on keyboard, guitar or individual instrument as part of a group

Music from the Movies

· Purpose of music in films – Themes – Lord of the Rings, The Power of One, Pirates of the Caribbean,

· Performance and listening – performing media

· The concepts of music used in themes from movies –  use of ethnic and other non orchestral music to set a time and place

· Performance on keyboard, guitar or individual instrument

· Themes - Melodic contour (ICT research)

· Major and minor triads, duplets and triplets (ICT research)

· Create soundtrack for video clips

· Songs and pentatonic melody

· Performance on keyboard, guitar or individual instrument

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