• Music


Making Music

Music develops all of the personal learning and thinking skills outlined in the National Curriculum.   In addition to these, it also serves to develop students’ critical thinking, imagination, sensitivity, inventiveness and enjoyment. It can lead to lifelong participation (both as a career path and as a leisure time activity). Music serves to break down barriers of race, language and culture. Students enjoy music- shown particularly through participation in extra-curricular activities and their outcomes: successful school productions, concerts, and performances.

Our Approach

Music aims to encompass the provision for students to control sounds made by the voice and a range of instruments, to perform with others and compose to a stimulus, communicating, listening to and appraising music from a wide range of genres and cultures.  In the classroom we have a suite of Apple Mac computers which can be used to compose, record and produce music, keyboards, drums and a whole host of rock, pop and worldwide instruments for students to learn, enjoy and experience with.  We offer one to one and small group tuition in guitar, flute, clarinet, drums, piano/keyboard and voice. All lessons are free of charge and instruments can be provided.

Key Stage 3

Students have one hour of Music per week

Year 7

In Year 7 students work with percussion instruments, keyboards and their voices in projects including the Elements of Music, Basic Rhythm and Notation, Form and Structure and Rap.  Work is aimed to develop the interrelated skills of performing, composing and appraising. Students will also study the Arts Award Bronze as part of the Arts Award Wednesday  programme offered by the faculty.

Year 8

In Year 8 students work with guitars, rock/pop instruments, keyboards, music technology and their voices on units including Jazz and 12 Bar Blues, African Dance dusic, Rock music and Programme Music.

Year 9

Students are given greater flexibility and their ability to work independently in a mature fashion is expected from the outset of the programme.  They principally learn about working as a band, group, ensemble and soloist through various projects which give them increasing instrumental skills. Projects include, Reggae, Rock, Pop songs, Rap and Hip-Hop and Film Music,

Key Stage 4

Students study AQA GCSE Music which is divided into 3 units: Performing Music (40%), Composing Music (40%) and Appraising Music (20%). Students will continue to learn their instrument and develop their skills, towards assessments. Coursework features heavily (80%) for this assessment and students will need to be motivated, enthusiastic and patient when working towards Controlled Assessment deadlines. The use of music ICT is essential. Topics students will study as part of their GCSE will include:


  • AoS1 Rhythm and metre
  • AoS2 Harmony and tonality
  • AoS3 Texture and melody
  • AoS4 Timbre and dynamics
  • AoS5 Structure and form


The Western Classical Tradition

  • Baroque orchestral music
  • The concerto
  • Music for voices
  • Chamber music
  • The sonata


Popular Music of the 20th and 21st Centuries

  • Blues
  • Popular music of the 1960s
  • Rock music, R'n'B, Hip-Hop
  • Music theatre
  • Film music


World Music

  • Music of the Caribbean
  • Music of Africa
  • Music of India