Music

It is the philosophy and intention of the Music Department, to embrace the concept of education through music, and that legitimate and realistic access to the knowledge, skills and understanding of music be made accessible to all children, regardless of background or ability.

Overview:

Key Stage 3


The National Curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils: perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations

Year 7 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Instrumental skills and Music literacy

  • Orchestra and Baroque

  • Structure and Form

  • World Music: British v Greek Folk

  • Ukulele

  • Samba

Year 8 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Reggae

  • Instrumental skills and music literacy

  • Concerto-Baroque

  • Classical/Romantic

  • Blue

  • World Music - Indian/Bhangra and African

Year 9 units of study include a focus on the key concepts of:

  • Instrumental skills and music literacy

  • Calypso

  • Film Music

  • Pop Through Time


Key Stage 4


The course gives students the opportunity to broaden their knowledge and skills in Drama and the Performing Arts by exploring a range of repertoire both from a theoretical and practical way. Students have the opportunity to select pieces of professional works to put together in solo and group performances as well as learn about a range of theatre practitioners and their influence on the theatre world.

Students will be assessed over 3 components set out by the exam board:

  • Component 1: This internal unit is taught and marked by the teacher and externally moderated. Students explore three pieces of professional works through both written and workshop activities.

  • Component 2: This internal unit is taught and marked by the teacher and externally moderated. Students will practically explore professional material and workshop their skills in the performing arts. They will be expected to keep a log of their developing skills with a final performance recording either as a soloist or in a group.

  • Component 3: This is an externally set unit, consisting of an exam brief released each January of the final year of the course. Students are expected to work over a 12 week period preparing ideas, workshopping a performance and evaluating their work in response to the set brief.

Useful Website Links:


Is a Spanish music theory learning website - with great interactive notation and aural training activities.


Is a free, open source musical notation package for windows and iOS which enables users to create professional music scores, parts and arrangements. It is compatible with a wide variety of platforms and format outputs.


Is a online sequencing and recording application which many students have used for composing and performing during both lockdown and term time. The package offers amazing facilities, comparable with GarageBand, but for free and across platforms.