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.


The acquisition of knowledge and skills is the foundation of the department. We use a multi-instrumental approach that equips each individual student with music instrumental performance, listening and composition skills, based upon their own individual achievement.

All students at Broadlands Academy are given the opportunity to learn to play a musical instrument in their curricular music lesson on a weekly basis.

Conventional orchestral wind and percussion instruments have been selected to create maximum flexibility with respect to viable and realistic ensembles within the classroom, extra-curricular groups and the wider community.

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:

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

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

Key Stage 4

Students opting into music in KS4 follow the OCR GCSE in Music which provides an accessible and creative musical education, integrating the three main components: performing, composing and appraising. Students broaden their musical horizons within five areas of study as they explore musical performance, composition, context and language.

Component 1 - 30%

A portfolio of performances on your own instrument as a soloist, ensemble member or both(on your own choice of instrument)

Component 2 - 30%  

A practical portfolio that contains a free composition and one in response to brief set by the examination board. 

Component 3 - 40%

An examined listening and appraisal exam sat at the end of the course.

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.