Foundation Revision

For your exam you will be tested both on your general musical understanding and listening skills and on the following topics:-

Links to help you revise are next to each topic above. BBC Bitesize has lots of other revision guides and video clips to help you. Look at KS3 Music and GCSE Music. This is a really important guide to read…


Foundation Unit 2: Soundscapes

Elements of MusicThe Big Idea…

Balance – Things are more stable when different elements are in the correct or best possible proportions.

Homework Week 1

Listen to this track…

Theme from ‘Jaws‘ by John Williams

Homework Week 2

Listen to this track…

Vela Nsizwa performed by Ladysmith Black Mambazo

Homework Week 3

Dance of the Sugar Plum Fairy performed by Pentatonix

Homework Week 4

Speaking in Tongues III by Sheila Chandra

Homework Week 5

Shrovetide Fair from Petrushka by Sergei Prokofiev

Homework Week 6

An American in Paris by George Gershwin

Homework Week 7

The Little Train of Caipira by Hector Villa Lobos

Homework Week 8

The Hut on Chicken’s Legs by Modest Mussorgsky

Homework Week 9

The Sorcerer’s Apprentice by Paul Dukas


Homework Week 10

Metropolis by The Pogues




SAMBA! Week 2 Listening Homework



In class we have been learning the names and sound of different Samba instruments, now let’s put your understanding to the test!

Listen to the song below:

Answer the following questions:

  1. What Samba instruments can you hear?
  2. What other instruments can you hear?
  3. What do you think he is singing about?
  4. How would you describe the song?
  5. Do you like the song?
  6. Why/why not?

Hand in your answers on a piece of paper next lesson.

Unit 1: Rhythm & Singing

African drumming

In this unit you will be playing and singing music from West Africa and Brazil focusing on playing in groups and layering different rhythms to create a very complex piece of music!

To get started you should listen to the music in the playlist below, we will be discussing them in class during the first few weeks so make sure you have heard them all!

If you would like to know more about our first topic, Ghanaian Drumming, follow this link.