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Rooks Heath College

Rooks Heath College

Opportunity through Learning

Year 9 Bridging Course

Topics to be covered:

This is a brilliant subject for students who love music! We will cover a range of different musical styles to build a fantastic foundation for future learning. Topics include basic music theory and how to read music, learning how to write music, the history and development of rock and blues, music of other cultures, classical music, film music and music technology. All the while, students will be developing their understanding of music theory, learning how to read and write music and start creating their own songs using instruments as well as a range of music technology. In each unit of work there is the opportunity for students to make choices about music that they are most interested in, and work towards developing their skill on a chosen 'instrument' in their preferred style. 

Learning Experiences:

Students will explore, listen to, analyse and perform music across a wide range of different music styles. The course includes both theory and practical work, although the emphasis of this course is for students to have the chance to build up and develop their practical skills. A large amount of class time will be allocated for students to be actively making music on their chosen instrument/s in order to develop their skills (please note that singing and rapping are also ‘instruments’!) They will have the chance to select their favourite style of music to work on and perform, and will have a number of opportunities to record in the studio. It really is a great subject for those students who enjoy playing and making music!

 Pathways to Year 10 Options:

Music bridging will lay an excellent foundation for students who wish to continue to pursue the study of music by taking the BTEC Music course. Students who have completed Music Bridging in the past, have felt more confident and comfortable in studying music in Years 10 and 11. The skills developed in Music Bridging, such as performance skills, song writing and, using music technology are complemented with developing rehearsal technique as well as learning how to prepare for and run a performance, all of which begin to introduce students to some of the roles and skills required to work in the Music Industry. Music Bridging also helps students to build a range of transferrable skills such as communication and teamwork and will help improve self-confidence.

Prior knowledge/skills/interests recommended to apply for this course:

If students enjoyed music in Years 7 and 8 then they should consider taking Music Bridging. Apart from developing and learning new skills, it is a fun subject for those who love music! Students should be prepared to participate in a range of musical activities in class and should be interested in both developing their understanding of music theory and improving their skills level on an instrument of their choice.

Additional Information:

As part of the course, students will have the chance to attend trips to London to see musicals in West End theatres. They will also be invited to watch the various performers that we have in College.

During the c ourse students will learn a variety of songs on various instruments. They will have the chance to record some of these songs in the studio.

There will also be lots of opportunities for students to get involved in extra-curricular activities such as taking part in music concerts, International Evenings, Comic Relief etc. Whilst some students love to perform in front of others, we do understand that others do not. Students who enjoy performing will be given chances and opportunities to do this. However, students who do not enjoy performing will only need to do so in group situations (not on their own), so they needn't feel shy.