Key Stage 3

Throughout Years 7, 8 and 9 pupils get the opportunity to perform, compose and listen to/appraise different genres of music. This is a practical course that dramatically improves many skills.

Year 7

Introduction to musical theory and the orchestra

Pupils will learn to play the ukulele and will become familiar with the keyboard.

They will improve their singing skills and perform at both the Christmas and Easter concerts.

Includes a visit to watch the Halle Orchestra perform at the Bridgewater Hall.

Year 8

Introduction to more advanced musical theory

Pupils will study world music and traditional music whilst continuing to improve their performing and composing skills.

Year 9

Pupils will learn to play in ensembles usually as part of a rock/pop band using music technology to compose music.

They will learn how to use the bass/rhythm guitar, keyboards, drumkit and vocals.

Pupils will complete a baseline assessment at the beginning of each year and then receive both a formative assessment at the beginning and summative assessment at the end of each module to measure their progress.

Pupils do not receive homework in Music at Key Stage 3.

KS3 Assessment Grid

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music

AQA Music (8271)

This new GCSE Music specification inspiring, interesting and practical to teach.

The new music qualification will motivate and stretch students of all abilities, equipping them with the skills and experience to succeed at GCSE and go on to further study.

Music technology is fully integrated, and many areas of study have artists or composers who have written works in this format. Students can perform and compose using technology.

This specification appreciates all styles and genres, skills and instruments, catering for different learning styles and musical tastes.

Pupils will receive weekly homework consisting of exam-style questions related to content studied that week. They will also be assessed on their comprehension every half term in exam conditions and receive a grade per module.

Further Study

The Music GCSE offers a wide range of experiences of performing, composing and listening. There are many courses, post GCSE, which allow you to specialise in any of these areas.

A Music GSCE could lead to working with Music Technology, professional performing, a composing job, work in a recording studio, music therapy and teaching.

Department Staff

Mr M Teixeira

Head of Music / Music Co-Ordinator