Specific information about the Key Stage 3 curriculum and how it is assessed:
The Key Stage 3 curriculum introduces the three main components of music: performing, composing and appraising. The majority of lessons will be practical; including the use of keyboards, guitars, bass guitars and drums. Students will be assessed throughout each unit as they complete the three components using the National Curriculum guidelines and the new 9-1 grading system.

Throughout the year, Years 7, 8 and 9 will study an aspect of world music, music theory, music history and band skills. These units include:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Instruments of the orchestra


Rhythm and drumming

Keyboard skills

Music theory

Theme and Variation

Garageband project

National Anthems

Samba Music

Rock Band project


Garageband project


Song Writing

Rock Band project


Specific information about the Key Stage 4 curriculum and how it is assessed:

Students at Key Stage 4 are entered for OCR GCSE Music

What are the key features?

The three main elements of the course are performing, composing and appraising (listening and answering questions). Underpinning these elements are five Areas of Study that cover a wide range of musical styles including classical, pop, film and world music.

Students will perform regularly on their chosen instrument/voice, both individually and in groups. It is expected that students will practise regularly outside of lesson time as part of their homework. Composition work can be in any style and will be completed using music ICT (e.g. GarageBand).

How is it assessed?

Students will submit recordings of two performances.  These will include solo and ensemble work.  They will also submit two compositions that have been completed throughout the course. There is one exam at the end of the course. This is a ninety minute listening exam which tests knowledge of the five Areas of Study gained over the two years.

Performing 30%

Composing 30%

Listening exam 40%

What particular skills are required to succeed?

Students must be interested in Music and have the desire to improve their performance skills on at least one instrument or voice. Studying an instrument out of school would be an advantage, but is not a necessity. An interest in using Music Technology (such as GarageBand) would also be an advantage.

If I have any questions which teacher do I ask?

Contact :
  Miss Stevens