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Music Curriculum

KS3 Music

In years 7, 8 and 9, students will study music once a week. During these lessons, students will explore the elements of music, develop basic instrumental and ensemble techniques, and compose pieces of music for specific purposes. Music making is at the heart of every lesson and students will perform regularly with their peers in a supportive and engaging environment.  A range of instruments will be used throughout KS3 including piano, voice, drum kit, guitar and ukulele. Composition activities will take place in the Music I.T suite where the students will use garageband software to compose and record musical ideas related to the topic being studied.

By the end of year 9, all students will be able to perform confidently and fluently on at least one instrument, have strong listening skills, and be able to compose ideas using a range of compositional devices.

In addition to their music lessons, all students are encouraged to attend extra-curricular activities to enhance their musical experience outside of the classroom and develop their instrumental skills further.


Year 7

Year 8

Year 9



Find Your Voice

West African Drumming

The Blues




Just Play

Instruments of the Orchestra

Rock Music

Theme and Variation

Club Dance

Classical Remix



Battle of the Bands

Film Music

Battle of the Bands 2


Live Lounge

 Taught in the iMac suite

Taught in the performance classroom

KS4 Music

In years 10 and 11, students can study either GCSE Music or BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music.

BTEC Level 2 First Award in Music

Students who opt to study BTEC music will have three lessons a week and cover four topics aimed at a different area of the music industry. Lessons will be practical and provide students with an insight into what it is like to be a working musician should they wish to follow a career path in this industry.

The course comprises of the following units:

Unit 1 – The Music Industry (25% of total marks)

Students will research different organisations and job roles within the music industry. These range from recording companies to music journalists and bloggers. This unit is assessed by a 1 hour external examination in year 11.

Unit 2 – Managing a Music Product (25% of total marks)

In this unit, students will work in groups to plan, develop and create their own CD. This will be done for a target audience of their choice and each person in the group will be given a specific role based on their strengths.

Unit 5 – Introducing Music Performance (25% of total marks)

In this unit, students will specialise on an instrument of their choice. They will take part in regular rehearsals and will develop their performance skills throughout the unit. The unit will end with two performances in front of an audience.

Unit 7 – Introducing Music Sequencing (25% of total marks)

In this unit, students will learn how to sequence music into garageband using specific sequencing techniques. The unit will culminate in the students creating their own arrangements of a song and applying effects to it.


Year 10 Overview

Term 1

  • Unit 7 - Learning Aim A

Term 2

  • Unit 7 - Learning Aim B
  • Unit 2 - Learning Aim A

Term 3

  • Unit 2 - Learning Aims B and C
  • Unit 1 - The Music Industry (exam preparation)


Year 11 Overview

Term 1

  • Unit 1 - The Music Industry (exam preparation)
  • Unit 5 - Learning Aim A

Term 2

  • Unit 1 - The Music Industry (exam preparation for resits)
  • Unit 5 - Learning Aim B

Term 3

  • Unit 1 - The Music Industry (exam preparation for resits)


GCSE Music

Students who opt to study GCSE music will follow the Eduqas specification and have three lessons a week. The lessons will build on the musical skills that students have learned during KS3 music. They will develop their listening skills and learn how to analyse music from a variety of genres ranging from Baroque music to film music.  During practical lessons they will improve their instrumental technique on an instrument of their choice and will be required to perform a solo piece and an ensemble piece as part of a group. They will also study composition techniques and use music technology to create their own pieces of music.

The course will be assessed across 3 different components during year 11:

Component 1: Performance (30%)

Students will perform and record a solo and an ensemble performance lasting between 4 and 6 minutes in total. These recordings will take place in year 11, and performance activities throughout year 10 will be completed in preparation for this.


Component 2: Composition (30%)

Students will compose two pieces of music, one in a style of their choice, and one in response to a brief set by the exam board in year 11 of the course. Both compositions will be completed in year 11.


Component 3: Appraising (40%)

Students will sit a 1 hour 15 minute written listening examination at the end of year 11. This examination will test the students’ abilities to listen to music in a range of styles and describe how the musical elements are being used.

During the exam, students will be tested on four areas of study and the common musical devices associated with each:

AoS1: Musical Forms and Devices

Ao22: Music for Ensemble

AoS3: Film Music

AoS4: Popular Music

Listening activities will be completed during every lesson in year 10 and 11 to prepare students for the examination.


Year 10 Overview

Term 1

  • Since You Been Gone Set Work
  • Area of Study 4 - Popular Music
  • Eine Kleine Nachtmusik Set Work
  • Area of Study 1 - Musical Forms and Devices

Term 2

  • Area of Study 3 - Film Music
  • Area of Study 2 - Music for Ensemble

Term 3

  • Free Composition (controlled assessment)
  • Ensemble performance
  • Musical elements revision


Year 11 Overview

Term 1

  • Solo and ensemble performance (controlled assessment)
  • Area of Study 4 Revision
  • Set brief composition (controlled assessment)
  • Area of Study 1 Revision

Term 2

  • Set brief composition (controlled assessment)
  • Area of Study 1 & 3 revision
  • Free composition (controlled assessment)
  • Area of Study 2 & 4 revision

Term 3

  • Listening and appraising exam revision


Departmental Staff

Mr Copley-Dunn – Head of Music

Miss Smail – Teacher of Music (Assistant Principle)


After School Clubs

Monday – KS3 Band

Tuesday – Guitar Club

Wednesday – Swing Band

Thursday – KS3 Choir

Practise rooms can be booked out for rehearsals at lunch time.

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