Head of Faculty: Mr A Dutch

The Music Department give students the opportunity to develop instrumental skills and understanding of a range of musical styles and genres. As well as classroom music lessons, we offer instrumental tuition for brass, woodwind, upper and lower strings, guitar and bass, drum kit and vocals, all taught by highly qualified peripatetic music teachers.  We also offer a wide range of extracurricular activates, including a junior and senior choir, string group and wind ensemble.

Key Stage 3

Year 7 & 8

In year 7 students develop an understanding of the basic elements of music – they will explore these through solo, small group and whole class performances and compositions.  Throughout the year they will have the opportunity to study the music of other cultures, including African Drumming and Gamalan.  They will also develop instrumental skills, particularly on keyboard, and will be introduced to the conventions of standard western musical notation.

In year 8 students build on skills developed in Year 7, but also put them into a wider musical context.  They will continue their study of rhythm in Samba, develop keyboard and composition skills in Film Music, and be introduced to guitar, bass guitar and drums in the Blues.  They will continue to use and develop standard notation, as well as being introduced to different styles of notation for specific instruments (tablature for guitar and bass guitar, for example)

Key Stage 3 Overview

Year 9

At the end of Year 8 students are able to opt to continue with music.  Students who opt will have the opportunity to continue to develop skills on their chosen instrument and voice, and will take part in various assessed performances.  They will continue to develop skills in composition, and will be introduced to the concept of composing to a brief.  Students will also develop listening and analysis skills to allow them to aurally identify a wide range of musical styles and genres, which is a key skills necessary in years 10 and 11.

  KS3 Scheme of Work

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4 students can opt to study Edexcel GCSE music.

During the course student explore a range of musical genres and styles through set works, which are broken up into the following areas of study:

•Instrumental Music

•Vocal Music

•Music For Stage and Screen


Students develop understanding of these areas through both written and practical tasks, working individually as well as in small groups.  This understanding will be assessed at the end of the course via a 1 hour 45 minute listening exam.

In addition to this exam there are several pieces of assessed coursework completed throughout the 2 years of study.  Students will complete two compositions of a least a minute each in length, one of which must be in response to a brief set by the exam board. Performance will be assessed both as soloist and as part of an ensemble – students will compile a 4 minute portfolio of at least 1 solo and 1 ensemble performance, though additional pieces may be recorded to reach the required time.

Post 16

In the 6th form we offer AS and A2 level qualifications in Music and Music technology. Both follow the Edexcel specification.


At both Advanced Subsidiary Levels (AS) and A2, students will again study all three main musical disciplines of performing, composing and listening and understanding. Students will develop performance skills (solo and/or ensemble), compose music and learn about harmony (the basics at AS and stylistic studies at A2). They will build up their aural and analytical skills by studying selections from the New Anthology of Music and wider listening.

The full GCE course (AS plus A2) is excellent preparation students considering studying Music at University or College, but is equally valuable for students who enjoy their musical studies beyond GCSE.

Music Technology

Music Technology allows students to develop skills and knowledge in recording, arranging and sequencing music.  At both AS and A2 level they will complete a portfolio of externally assessed coursework , including a multi track recording, a sequencing task and a creative arrangement of a pre-existing song.  Students will also sit a written listening exam covering both theoretic and historic elements of music technology, set areas of study and general music theory.

Music Technology provides an excellent grounding for students wishing to pursue further study or a career in music production, live sound or wider media enterprises (TV, Radio, Web-based content).

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