Topic 2 Year 9 music

Topic  Band Project 3
No of lessons  6-7
When is it happening  Term 2 Year 9
What will students learn The preparation required for a live performance: from researching the music to deciding on interpretation and performance style.  How to overcome problems when learning a full piece of music and how to rehearse more effectively as part of a group.  Learners will understand their own limitations as performers and make compromises to ensure the best quality performance is produced.  Learners will research different techniques for different instruments and evaluate the impact of those techniques on the overall sound.  Learners will need  to work together as a team and problem solve, negotiate and work towards a common goal.  Learners will understand how difficult it is to work together as a band, dealing with problems such as people not listening, boredom from rehearsing the same song continuously. Learners will use their listening skills to work out what is not going well and be able to articulate it to fellow band members.
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  Understanding the requirements to create a live performance.  Understanding the difficulty of choosing a suitable repertoire suitable for the performers' abilities.  Researching meaning into the pieces they are performing and interpretating
how they might perform the piece.  Learners should research how other performers have interpreted different songs and the effect it has on the listener.  Learners will understand the issues regarding, searching for sheet music, TAB notation and lyrics and gain an understanding of copyright and royalty payments.  Learners will understand the process of working as a team, the difficulties faced and how they can overcome those difficulties.  Learners will understand the impact of proper technique on performance and how this contributes towards a professional sounding final live performance
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  The knowledge of previously learnt musical keywords to help them create dialogue around choice of song, the interpretation and stylistic qualities and how they go about performing and reviewing their piece.  Learners have an understanding of basic instrumental techniques but will push this forward.  Understanding of chords and how they work with other parts is essential to this process. Learners have experienced working as an ensemble before but when it was teacher led.
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 Researching appropriate music choices for performance.  Learning proper techniques for each instrument involved.  Learning to interpret songs so that one can put their own style on it.  Learning to work as a team and overcome problems in a democratic way.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Ensemble skills from before (teacher led).  The use of music vocabulary to explain what they need to improve.  Knowledge of chords and inversions.  Use of the instruments in previous units.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Interpretation, stylistic, crib sheets, royalties, copyright, arrangement, orchestration

Chords, inversions, TAB notation, musical notation, chord symbols, drum TAB
The Big Question  How can I prepare for a live performance?


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

What do I need for a live performance? What song should we choose?
How can I interpret the song choice?  What style can we put on it?
How can I research instrumental technique? Warm ups, exercises and performance.
How can we work together as a band?
How do we extend our piece or make a different version?
How do I prepare for a final performance?
How did our final performance go?