Topic 1 Year 8 Music 

Topic  Music of the Caribbean 
No of lessons  7-8
When is it happening  Term 1 Year 8
What will students learn Students must learn about the origins and features of Caribbean music.  They must understand that the slave trade had an impact on the music, in particular, the rhythmic aspect of it.  They will extend their knowledge of melody, harmony and rhythm to combine layers of sound.  They must be able to distinguish between the different styles of Caribbean music and describe the main features of each.  They must also be able to talk about the influences on the music from different cultures. They will extend their vocabulary to include keywords relating to Caribbean music.  They should make connections between this music and other genres.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  The origins of each type of Caribbean music, the social, cultural and historical context of Caribbean music and its influence on popular music.  Knowledge of the musical elements/characteristics of each genre within the region.  Knowledge of Caribbean artists/bands.  An understanding of the connection between Caribbean music and the previous music styles we have studied. Students will understand how to change popular music pieces into a reggae style
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students should have gained knowledge of the influence on African rhythms on other genres.  They should have an understanding of harmony and the use of triad chords.  They should also remember how to use musical notation.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic How to combine syncopated, melodic parts with chords and/or syncopated bassline.  How to combine off beat chords in time with a melodic part.  How to combine chords and melody by oneself.  How to identify and describe different styles of Caribbean music.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  How to use chords rhythmically or as broken chord.  How to develop musical notation reading to include pitch.  To develop listening skills by recognise new genres of music and by making connections between previous styles of music studied. How to combine parts by oneself.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Calypso, Steel Drums, Reggae, off beat chords, Bass riff, Slave trade, Rastafarianism.

Syncopation, chords, notation, riff, beat, pulse, all the elements of music
The Big Question  What is Caribbean music and what are its origins?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'

What is Calypso music and what are its features/origins?
How do I develop my Calypso piece?
How do I develop my Reggae piece?
How can I add structure to my reggae piece?
What is the difference between Rocksteady and Ska?
How do I change an everyday song into a reggae piece?
How do we improve our final piece? (assessment)