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Understanding Pop Bands & The Music Industry in Year 9

Carl Beck | Tuesday June 02, 2009

Categories: KS3, Year 9, Music, British Pop Music, Fan Websites, Music Distribution, Music Promotion, Music Video, The Press, Understanding Media, Understanding Key Topics

In Term 3 of Year 9, we introduce the students to Pop Bands & The Music Industry. The students are required to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding by researching and analysing existing pop bands, CD covers, promo videos and tour posters. They are helped to develop their understanding of musical genres and how this affects a band’s actual and perceived/projected identity. The students then use this newly acquired knowledge to plan, mock-up and develop their own artefact.

We make the distinction between ‘found’ and ‘original’ images clear to the students and task them with constructing band member archetypes using their classmates as models. They take digital photos of the models and then superimpose them on to a suitable background so that they can produce CD cover designs, tour posters and merchandise.

During Year 9 students are expected to move from Media as production to Media as analysis, interpretation and evaluation. They are introduced to more conventions and technical language. This is reinforced by tasking them with projects that require the students to explore them in more depth and apply them in their own production and writing.

Throughout Year 9 the concepts of ‘institution’, ‘regulation’ and ‘censorship’ are introduced and woven through the Modern Technology, Film Studies and Pop Band / Pop Music Industry units. This is because we believe that students need a little more time to access and be able to apply this concept than many others in Media Studies. It provides a sound grounding for tackling issues they will encounter in Years 10 & 11.

Every sixth lesson the students sit a formal assessment and are awarded a National Curriculum level using our tailor-made assessment structure. The skills are introduced by class demonstration, student mirroring the activity on their work stations and the key steps are supported with a range of guides and worksheets. The formal assessments during the unit are designed to...

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