KS3 Music:

Pupils currently have one lesson a week of music in which they study a variety of different topics to develop their understanding of different genres of music, music from different cultures and seeks to give all students diverse musical opportunities and to enhance their individual understanding of music.. The following topics are covered in year 7-9:

Year 7

Year 8

Rhythm and Pitch

Keyboard skills


Gamelan and identity

Puppet music (CEA link unit of work)

Samba music (CEA link unit of work)

Blues Music

Indian Music

Film music performance

Film music composition

Year 9

Theme and Variation

Theme and Variation compositional work using Cubase

Major and Minor

Solo musical performance


Pupils who take music as an option within years 10 and 11 have 5 lessons a fortnight. There are two different courses offered for pupils which allow all pupils the ability to access the course. The first course is the Btec first award in Performing Arts specialising in music. This is based on three units of work. Unit 1 and 2 are set units where pupils learn about the music industry and plan and hold a music event, and unit 6 which is developing pupils as a solo performer. As well as this the Edexcel GCSE music is also offered to pupils. Within the GCSE course pupils will be assessed on a solo and ensemble performance, complete 2 compositions as well learning 12 set pieces of music for a listening exam which pupils take in year 11. Pupils also undertake instrumental lessons weekly and are able to take various graded exams to develop their musical skills further.

Music Lesson