Our Key Stage 3 Music Curriculum is highly innovative, up-to-date and designed to cover all styles of music to engage all our pupils in musical learning. All pupils have the chance to learn keyboard skills and other instrumental skills in class.

Year 7

Pupils develop their skills in the three main assessment areas, performing, listening and composing. The lessons integrate these skills so that pupils can balance and apply their learning across all the areas, adding to their knowledge and understanding. Topics include: singing, the elements of music, keyboard skills, structure in music and Japanese and Indonesian music. Pupils listen to a variety of examples from different genres and periods, and perform pieces from notation and memory, individually and in groups, using their own instrument where appropriate. Pupils compose and perform to specific criteria, based on what they have learned from the style, with extension work encouraging the development of pupils’ own originality.

Year 8

Pupils progress and develop their skills in the three main assessment areas, performing, listening and composing. Units cover between 6-12 lessons and include an assessment in a specific skill area. The units aim to develop musical knowledge and understanding through: Blues and Gospel, Programmatic Music, Music in the Media and Reggae. Pupils listen to a variety of examples from the style or genre and perform pieces from notation and memory, individually and in groups, using their own instrument where appropriate. Pupils also make extensive use of sophisticated ICT software and learn how to compose using Cubase. They compose and perform to specific criteria, based on what they have learned from the styles, genres and traditions.

Year 9

Pupils extend and develop their skills in the three main assessment areas, performing, listening and composing and build on existing knowledge and proficiencies. Units cover between 6-12 lessons and include an assessment in a specific skill area. The units aim to develop musical knowledge and understanding through: ground bass, 20th century pop music, ‘Musical Futures’ ensemble work, film music and fusion music. Pupils listen to a variety of examples from the style or genre and perform pieces from notation and from memory, individually and in groups, using their own specialist instrument where appropriate. Pupils also make extensive use of sophisticated ICT software and learn how to compose using Cubase and Sibelius. They compose and perform to specific criteria, based on what they have learned from the styles, genres and traditions, with opportunities to expand their own creativity and develop their own musical style.

Year 10

Pupils start to study the Eduqas GCSE course, revising and developing the skills learnt in Key Stage 3, and building upon their knowledge of music. Pupils develop their instrumental skills, through performance workshops and performances. Pupils practise reading and writing using traditional music notation and other forms of notation. The course covers basic theory and aural skills. During the course, pupils study areas of study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensemble, Film Music and Popular Music. During the year, pupils complete a composition and practice performance assessments as part of their coursework and begin preparation for an ensemble performance. The composition is a free composition. The solo performance can be performed on the pupil’s choice of instrument.

Year 11

Pupils continue to study the GCSE course, revising and developing the skills learnt in Year 10, and building upon their knowledge of music. Pupils revise the four areas of study. In the first half term, pupils should have completed a solo performance and one free composition, and are required to complete an ensemble performance and a further composition which is set to a brief given by the exam board and refine all coursework. In the Spring Term, they finally revise and complete a listening paper in the summer that covers all the areas of study in the summer examination.

Music A Level (Years 12 and 13) Eduqas (WJEC)

In Year 12, on the Eduqas Music A Level course, students learn how to develop their own compositional style, performing skills and their understanding of music. There are three areas of study:

Years 12 and 13 – BTEC National Foundation Diploma in Music Technology Level 3 (Pearson)

In Music Technology, students study 7 units for the National Foundation Diploma. In Year 12, the students complete Unit 3, 15, 7 and begin preparation for Unit 5. In Year 13, the students complete Unit 5, 2, 8 and 10. Students will gain the skills to use computers for music creation, develop recording techniques in the 24 track studio, and develop a thorough understanding of the music industry. They will also develop research skills, create music and undertake project work.

Units 7 and 5 are externally assessed via controlled tasks and assessments in January and May in Year 13. The other units are internally assessed through assignments during the course.