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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 the history of rock and pop music, live lounge and cover versions, music in other cultures, film music and classical music eras and styles. All the while, students will be developing their understanding of music theory, learning how to read and write music and starte 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:

There will be 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, so there will be lots of time where students will be actively making music on their chosen instrument/s (please note singing and rapping are also ‘instruments’). 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 GCSE Music. Students who have completed Music Bridging in the past have felt more confident and comfortable with the GCSE Music course content. However, Music Bridging also helps students to build a range of skills such as communication, self-motivated learning, team work and will help self confidence. Thus it is a good pathway to many options in Year 10.

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, practical 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 developign 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.