Key Stage 3

What will I Learn in Year 7 and 8

At Key Stage 3 music is taught to all pupils. This course covers a variety of aspects of music including performing , composing and listening tasks. Starting with the fundamentals, the focus in year 7 is on ‘practical music making’ with much solo and ensemble performance work.   A focus on practical skills using tuned and untuned percussion, strings and keyboards in years 7.8 and 9 ensures that all students will reach a deep and meaningful understanding of how different combinations of instruments can work together.  The course progresses throughout the three years looking at various styles, genres and musical traditions from around the world.

How will I be taught?

Lessons are a mix of theory and practical activities. Students are given time to develop their own creativity and use their imagination through listening, performing and composing music. The music room is well equipped and has 3 practice rooms to allow for personal practice of instruments and singing activities.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?
  • A keen interest in Music.
  • A creative mind.
  • ICT skills

Key Stage 4

What will I Learn in Years 9, 10 and 11?

We offer Eduqas GCSE Music.  The course demands instrumental skills and the ability to perform both individually and as a member of an ensemble.  The course also covers composition and listening, looking at the following Areas of Study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music.  Students are also entered for external ABRSM graded practical examinations if they choose to do so.

How will I learn?

You will receive lessons on your chosen instrument from our peripatetic teaching staff.

You will be taught the skills needed to perform as a soloist or ensemble musician and produce 2 musical recordings.

You will have regular opportunities to contribute to performances that involve all performing arts subjects.

You will create and compose your own music, through group and individual work, improvisation and you will also create music in response to a set brief.

You will listen to a range of music from different times and places and be able to answer questions about it.

What abilities, aptitudes, skills and interests will I need?

You must enjoy making music; performing on an instrument; listening to a wide range of musical styles and creating your own music.

What opportunities can this course and qualification lead to?

Music is a highly regarded subject for college/university entrance and plays a significant part in all aspects of the Performing Arts, Television, Radio, Theatre, Film and Music Technology.