The study of music engages and inspires pupils to develop a love of different styles of music and nurture their talent as musicians. Music increases self-confidence, creativity and gives pupils a sense of achievement, so that they eventually develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform, listen and appraise.

Our music curriculum takes an integrated approach to the three main elements – performing, composing and understanding music. Teaching takes place in two purpose built classrooms, which include 2 class sets of electronic keyboards, practice rooms, a band room, a suite of 14 Apple iMacs with GarageBand software and a range of instruments such as guitars, bass, drums and percussion.

Curriculum Overview
Year 7 Year 8
Schemes include:

  • Rhythm and pulse
  • Keyboard skills
Schemes include:

  • Blues
  • Film music
Year 9 Year 10 Year 11
  • Introduction to GCSE music
  • Whole class ensemble skills
  • Developing music vocabulary
  • Western classical tradition
  • Popular music
  • Traditional music

These areas are taught through a variety of composition, performance and theory.

  • Free composition (15% of the course)
  • Developing ensemble performance skills
  • Introduction of set works:
    • Haydn: Symphony 101 in D Major The Clock, movement 2
    • The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band: With a Little Help from my Friends; Within You; Without You; Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds
Component 1: Understanding Music

  • Set works and unfamiliar music (40%)

Component 2: Performance

  • Ensemble Performance (15%)
  • Solo Performance (15%)

Component 3: Composing Music

  • Composition to a brief (15%)

Internal assessments take place every half-term.

KS4 Exam Board Specification: AQA GCSE Music (8271)

Enrichment Offer

The musical activities we offer currently include a pop and rock band. We also have a number of ensemble groups within Key Stage 4 and the 6th form. Students are encouraged to take part in school productions and performances where they have the opportunity to show off their vocal and instrumental skills. We also offer Music Intervention for GCSE students – this gives students a chance to have one to one feedback on work and to have extra support with any areas of the course that they need.

Rehearsals are usually one hour after school with extra rehearsals before particular performances.  School music groups contribute to events at the school such as showcases, productions and open evenings.

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