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Music programme objectives for Years 7 & 8

Year 7 Year 8
Listening and Responding
Essential elements of Rhythm, Pitch, Volume, Tempo, Dynamics, Texture and Form.
Recognises and uses some musical terms of tempo; recognises and understands phrasing and articulation and how it affects a performance. Recognises and understands how different elements affect styles. Has awareness of rhythmic pattern and pitch differences.
Singing
Correct vocal technique, breath control, tone, intonation and posture to sing in class, a group and solo.
Sings from conventional notation with increasing awareness of good vocal technique; maintains a part with others; is able to sight-sing rhythms and pitch separately. Sings from conventional notation with increasing awareness of good vocal technique; maintains a part with others; has confidence with sight-singing rhythms and pitch.
Creating
Create and improvise music using rhythm, pitch, texture and tempo.
Is able to provide a passage of improvisation on tuned or untuned percussion, recorder or keyboard in a musical context. Completes rhythmic and melodic phrases using conventional notation; improvises on notes of the 'Blues Scale'.
Playing
Classroom percussion instruments, the recorder family, electric keyboards and orchestral instruments.
Plays in a class ensemble adding orchestral instruments to class percussion; plays keyboard in several different hand positions; identifies suitable accompaniments for keyboard melodies; plays keyboard together with others; maintains ostinato patterns in tuned and untuned percussion. Plays and programmes the keyboard with chord accompaniment; uses conventional notation for tuned percussion; performs in class ensembles.
Reading and Notating
Identify the pitch and value of notes and understand music directions of tempo, expression and interpretation in reading and writing; use suitable technology to notate and record music.
Writes notes of simple pieces using Sibelius music software. Writes notes from aural stimuli, consisting of stepwise and small intervals.
Analysing and Appreciating Identify and analyse a variety of music works, both choral and instrumental, and identify their forms. Responds to and discusses conventional and modern music works, identifying key musical characteristics and key elements; identifies the works of some New Zealand composers. Responds to and discusses music from important musical historical styles, including mainstream 19th and 20th Century variants - chamber music, piano works, jazz.