Music allows you to further develop your creative thinking, self-esteem and confidence.


During KS3, students explore the different styles and periods of music from 1800’s to the 21st Century. They also learn musical terminology and develop listening skills.

In KS3 students receive one lesson per week, which is taught in tutor groups. Whilst many students may have experienced music in their primary schools, many have not been taught it as a discrete subject. Therefore from Year 7, we provide a foundation course that covers basic music skills.

Homework is set once a fortnight in a variety of formats. We aim to set at least one written/project task per half term which will include creative researching for the subject currently being studied. Students provide proof that they have completed the tasks in various formats which may include, posters, booklets or PowerPoint presentations.

KS3 Music Teaching Schedule

Year 7 Overview

Year 8 Overview



Subject Name Syllabus Examination Board
Music 4270 AQA

At KS4, music is taught three times a week. We build upon the learning gained in KS3 in both students’ confidence as performers, and as individuals with opinions and listening skills. With GCSE examination criteria in mind, students explore various genres and further their performance skills. Regular teacher assessment, with targets for improvement, are given throughout the course and students are encouraged to self-evaluate.

Why this subject is important?

  • Awareness of different Music – helps with concentration and mental skills
  • Cultural understanding
  • Problem solving
  • Critical understanding
  • Creativity

What skills students use?

  • Listening
  • Performance
  • Composition
  • Problem solving
  • Rehearsal
  • Discipline

What are the coursework requirements and when must it be completed?

There are 5 pieces of coursework which must be completed by the Spring Term  in Year 11.

  • Listening Exam – 20%
  • Composing and appraising assignment – 20%
  • Composing assignment – 20%
  • Group and solo performance – 40%

How will the final grade be awarded?

  • Coursework – 60%
  • Final exam – 40%

Any extra-curricular activities?

  • Instrumental lessons
  • Coursework clubs
  • Students who take GCSE Music will be expected to take part in school performances.

Progression – careers and further study

  • Musician
  • Producer (track builder/program and sequencing music)
  • Composer/songwriter
  • Music technician
  • Sound engineer

If you need further advice, who do you speak to?

Any Music teacher.

To apply for extra curricular music lessons please use the form link below

Instrumental Tuition Letter