Head of Faculty

Subject Leader


Discover and develop a deeper understanding of the music and its history, through performing, composing and listening.

Disciplinary Concepts

  • Perform
  • Compose
  • Appraise

Big Questions

  • How can I improve as a musician?
  • How can I overcome performance anxiety and channel my energy effectively?
  • How can I use a range of musical techniques to express myself?
  • How can I organise my composition ideas into a coherent piece that suits a specific genre?
  • How can I decode the hidden messages encrypted in music?
  • How can be an effective listener of my own music and the music of others?

Curriculum Content

Year 7

  • The Musical Elements & Singing
  • The Stave, Keyboard & Melody
  • Chords & Texture
  • Rhythm & Composition Project
  • Pop in Performance Practice

Year 8

  • Theme & Variations
  • Reggae, Ukulele & Reading/Writing Tab
  • Music for Film
  • Musicals
  • Band Project- Performance Practice

Year 9

Transition year bridging Key Stage 3 and 4, focusing on the foundations of music through solo and ensemble performance. Learning first in small groups and then as individuals to create compositions based around a set brief and the style of music studied. Focus on Pop, Rock and the Classical Era which are areas of study in the GCSE Curriculum. There is also a greater focus on wider listening.

Year 10

GCSE Edexcel Music. Focus on the two additional areas of study for the GCSE- Fusions and Music for Stage & Film. Free composition to be completed by the end of Year 10. Performance skills to be built upon and pieces chosen in preparation for recordings in the beginning of the next year.

Year 11

GCSE Edexcel Music. Focus on additional coursework components at the beginning of the year. Brief composition is released in September and takes the focus of the first term along with revising previous topics studied in preparation for the Appraising Examination.

Year 12

Unit 1- Practical Music Theory & Harmony. This unit is is embedded throughout the year in short theory starter activities and linking the learned components to practical music making in the optional unit choice (Unit 5, 6 or 7). Both Units are completed in Year 12.

Year 13

Externally assessed units (Unit 2 and 3) completed this year which focuses on the Music Industry and various job opportunities which are put into practice through a business focused assignment of planning a music event. The practical skills have a focus on working as an ensemble (Unit 3) which requires students to apply their knowledge learned in Year 12 and 13 to re-arranging three pieces of music as a group and focuses on performance and compositional skills.