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Easter 2020

It's now the Easter holidays. Most importantly, we hope you are all well and keeping safe. This is an important time for you to rest and relax after the last few weeks which will have been difficult for everyone as we adjust to the new normal.  

Some pupils and parents may want some work to do over the holidays to help pass the time. Therefore, below we have provided some for you but it is entirely OPTIONAL. It is entirely up to you if you wish to complete it. You can submit it to you teacher if you wish or in some cases the answers will be available for you to check the work yourself.   

Remember to get in touch with someone at the school if you need any help with anything or have any concerns you would like to discuss. You can contact your subject teachers, Year Leader,  Mr Jeffery ( or Ms Lee ( with any questions or concerns (even if they are about someone else at the school)  

The project based activities below are optional. If you would like feedback from your teachers then please email them your work by April 20th 2020:

Year 7 Easter Project

You are going to create a timeline of the history of music, from Medieval up to Classical.

You are going to mention everything you have learnt about each period of music, including:

  • The dates of the period
  • What music was mostly used for
  • Where people would usually hear music
  • Whether the music was mostly sung or instrumental and why
  • What interesting historical things were happening at the time
  • What style of music was usually used
  • Musical features used in composition
  • Famous composers from each period

You can do it on the computer, or do it on paper and send a photo. You can make it as big as you like, but make sure to include all the information. Make it as neat & colourful, and as detailed as you can – achievement points available for excellent work!

Here is a document that summarises everything we have learnt so far in the history of music:

Year 8 Easter Music project

  • Watch this clip for explanation of task:

  • Create a timeline of video game music history

It could include:

  • At least 10 consoles
  • Technology used in consoles
  • Famous video game music composers
  • Well known pieces of game music
  • Dates and periods of game music
  • A section on what CHIP TUNE music is and when it started
  • Must be in your own words
  • It must be as colourful and as informative as possible!

Links to use for research on this project: (for music examples on powerpoint)

PowerPoint with examples Link:

Year 9 Easter Project Introduction to Minimalism

Usually at this point in the year, you would start preparing to do your first of two compositions which are part of your GCSE coursework. This year is going to be no different!

This composition will in a minimalist style. This first task will involve research about minimalism, and your second task is a small composition exercise on a website.

Minimalism is a style of music which originated on the West coast of America in the 1960s. It uses lots and lots of ostinato (repeated musical patterns).

Task 1: Poster on minimalism

Do some online research about minimalism. Find out information on its:

  • Background & context
  • Musical elements
  • Famous composers & pieces

There is a lot of information about it out there. These are some great links to get you going:

Create a poster on minimalism. You can do this in whichever way you like – Microsoft word, publisher, PowerPoint, or even on plain paper. It must contain plenty of detailed information, and make it as colourful and decorative as possible. Include lots of images or drawings.

Task 2: composition exercise – minimalism style

Open this website:

Now click this link and watch the tutorials:

Compose a short piece in a minimalist style, using lots of ostinatos.

Watch this video on a demonstration of what to do in each task (all of you should watch this).

Good luck with it all – achievement points available for each task!


Year 10 Easter project – Defying Gravity

  • Explanation of task video link

  • Make your own set work guide on Defying Gravity

Your guide should be no longer than 800 words and include the following key information:

- Background information on the piece

- Performing forces and their handling (instruments)

- Melody

- Structure

- Texture

- Tonality

- Harmony

- Tempo, metre and rhythm

Make a poster outlining the key features of the piece

Make a poster that outlines the key features of the piece on one page. Summarise the key points from your set work guide into a colourful and informative poster

Research links: (SETWORK poster ideas)