Music Curriculum Plan Y10

Autumn Term (16 weeks)

NCFE music technology preparation

Introduction to music technology

Pupils will learn about how music is produced in the modern day through looking at a brief history of technology in music.

This unit will give pupils a chance to experiment an familiarise with musical software and hardware (such as synthesizers, sequencers, drum pads, DAWs).

Pupils will evaluate how music can be / has been produced using music technology.

Assessment: of use of basic functions within chosen DAW (looping, cutting, sound selection).

Listening exam based on technological advances in music.

Compositions using chosen DAW in context of design brief.

NCFE music technology

Using multi-track sequencing software.

Based on the self assessments and formative assessments carried out in the previous unit, pupils will then begin to work towards the assessment requirements of the NCFE Music Technology unit – Using multi-track sequencing software.

Pupils will start off by comparing various Digital Audio Workstations and then move on to learning about and applying various Music production techniques on Apples Garageband:

1 Know some of the key principles behind loop sequencing

1.1 Give examples of commonly used loop sequencing software packages with their key features

1.2 Give examples of the limitations of loop sequencing when compared to full audio/MIDI sequencing

1.3 Outline the key differences between audio and ‘virtual instrument’ (MIDI) tracks

1.4 Outline the methods used by loop sequencing software to match the loop tempos of audio samples


Spring Term (11 weeks)

NCFE music technology

Using multi-track sequencing software.


2 Be able to produce music using loop sequencing

2.1 Locate and audition audio/MIDI loops for use in a sequence

2.2 Use editing operations on audio parts

2.3 Use editing operations on ‘virtual instrument’ (MIDI) parts

2.4 Add, arrange, loop and crop parts to create an effective multi-track piece of music


Summer Term (14 weeks)

NCFE Music Technology

Music and Sound

To deepen and further develop pupils understandings of how music is created and heard digitally, they will begin to learn more about the science of sound along with its characteristics and implications in the contexts of industry style studio situations.

Know about the characteristics of sound:
Give definitions of the terms: pitch, amplitude and timbre in the context of sound

Know about the effect of noise and equipment type on the sound recording process:
Outline the effect of noise on a recording
Outline the effect of using different speakers and amplifiers
in the recording process
Outline the effect of using different recording devices


Assessment Criteria

Using multi-track sequencing software.

AC Assessment guidance Suggested assessment method

1.1–1.4 Assessment of underpinning knowledge can be conducted using a range of methods, including logs, reports and discussion. Evidence may be presented as written text or audio/video recordings. Learner report, presentation

1.1–1.4 Assessment of some underpinning knowledge can be conducted using oral or written questions.

2.1–2.4 Learners must create at least one piece of music using loop sequencing techniques. This piece must use at

least 4 tracks and be a minimum of 1 minute long. Where the Assessor has not observed the learner to complete the task, the learner must submit an accompanying report. The Assessor must be able to confirm the authenticity of any such reports. Observations or reports should be additionally evidenced using photographic, audio or video recordings wherever possible. Product, with report and/or observation.