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The music department aims to encourage students to perform, compose and appraise using a variety of styles of music.

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 1-9 grading system.

Throughout the year, Year 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

African Music


Chords and pop songs

Music theory

The Blues and Ragtime

Pop Culture

Asian Music

Rock Band project


Latin American Music

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 GCSE Music (AQA Y11 and OCR Y10).

There are five Areas of Study for each course, which take the learner through several genres including the Western Classical Tradition, World music and Popular Culture. Breadth of knowledge is assessed in a listening exam in Year 11, as well as performance and composition opportunities throughout the course. This course is ideally suited to students who already play an instrument or who wish to progress to further in music. Students who show a passion for learning music and who are confident they can learn an instrument during the course should also look to apply for GCSE.