Every student has the opportunity to develop their musicianship through practical music-making and Academy concerts, musicals and community events enable students to showcase their talents.

Students will...

  • Develop their instrumental and vocal skills
  • Learn to compose melodies, harmonies and develop their own musical ideas
  • Understand the conventions of music theory and notation
  • Listen to and respond to a range of musical styles and genres continually improving their appraising skills
  • Participate in a range of enrichment activities


If you enjoy listening to lots of different types of music, you already play a musical instrument or sing well, and you enjoy creating music of your own, then you should definitely consider taking music as one of your options in Key Stage 4.

KS3 Curriculum information                                                                 

Students will demonstrate musical understanding and show progression of skills in performing on keyboards, singing, composing and appraising through the following units based upon a wide range of musical styles, genres and traditions.



     Progress will be measured by...


  • Music skills and programme music



  • Ensemble music (get this group!)



  • Keep it minimal (minimalism) and Going solo


  • A Baseline Assessment
  • Composing a mood piece
  • Performing a keyboard piece


  • Group performance
  • Describing ensembles


  • Composing a minimal piece using ICT
  • Performing a solo








  • Music for Dance



  • Blues music


  • Music through time




  • Reggae Music



  • Describing dance styles using musical elements and composing a dance piece



  • Improvising a melody over a Blues piece




  • Performing a piece from the Baroque, Classical or Romantic era and describing their key features


  • Performing Reggae music stylistically and arranging a multi-layered Reggae piece 



  • Film and Video Game music





  • Musicals




  • Arranging cover versions and PLP


  • Performing a film theme and composing a Video game track to match a visual
  • Analysing a film theme using specific musical vocabulary


  • Performing a musical piece
  • Analysing the key features and types of songs in musicals


  • Arranging a cover version of a pop song
  • Personalised Learning Project


KS4 Curriculum information

In year 10 students will develop their knowledge and understanding of music theory, building the skills needed for composing. They will develop independent practice skills as they prepare for solo and ensemble performances and they will begin to study the set works.

In year 11 students will complete all aspects of their performing and composing controlled assessments. They will complete analysing the set works and consolidate their knowledge and understanding of the set works studied in Year 10.


GCSE in music (Year 10 & 11)

Course content/areas of study

Component 1: Performing music - you will perform one solo performance and one ensemble performance (4 minutes minimum).


Component 2: Composing Music - you will compose two pieces of music, for one you are given a brief linked to pieces of music you study, for the other you can compose in any style (3 minutes minimum).


Component 3: Listening and appraising: based upon the musical elements and set pieces you study – short and extended writing answers. You will study music from a range of musical periods and genres.


Component 1: Controlled assessment 30% (Teacher assessed then moderated)


Component 2: Controlled assessment 30% (Teacher assessed then moderated)


Component 3: Final examination - listening and appraising: 1 hour 45 minutes 40% (externally assessed)

Core or option


Number of GCSEs/equivalent


Going to music lessons inspires me. I can express my feelings, it’s challenging and it’s fun.
Year 8 student
Music has boosted my confidence and talents, I feel so proud when I perform.
Year 7 student