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Department Intent: 

As Hans Christian Anderson once said, ‘Where words fail, music speaks."

Often described as a ‘universal language’, we believe music is such an important form of communication and expression.

Throughout the Music curriculum, students cover a wide range of skills, knowledge and subjects through their learning of a variety of different musical styles, including; African drumming, Jazz, Film music and Music technology and Production. Students learn about the mathematics behind musical notation, developing knowledge on rhythm and pitch as they learn to read music in both bass and treble clefs and apply this to their performance skills on the keyboards. Students develop their listening skills and terminology through musical analysis, as well as composition skills through writing their own music.

Through music we learn about the Geography and History of music, discovering the cultures and people behind the varying styles and how this is reflected within the music itself.

We discuss and apply a multitude of different career paths within the music industry, including composing, performance, musical workshops and music Production.

We create a supportive environment where students can build their confidence within both independent and teamwork skills, encouraging and supporting each other through their performances.

3 Big Ideas:

  • Performance - Students will develop their performance skills within both vocal and instrumental music. They will learn to perform using both musical notation and also improvisation.
  • Composition - Students will understand the elements which create a piece of music and use this to compose pieces of a variety of styles, incorporating musical notation and technology in order to do this.
  • Analysis - Students will gain a deeper understanding of the history behind different styles of music, the stylistics features, social and cultural backgrounds and key composers/artists. Students will use musical terminology to listen to, analyse and discuss.

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Key Stage 4


Level 2 Vocational Music

Exam board: RSL

Assessment: Performance, Musical Knowledge and Writing Music

This is a coursework based musical route.  Although the course does require a form of performance, students do not have to play an instrument prior to the start of this course, providing they are willing to learn and provide a 10 – 15 minute performance, whether this be instrumental or vocal.

The course is split into 3 units:


Exam board: OCR

Assessment: Performance (grade 3+ standard), Composition, Listening and Appraising Music 

Please note - This course will include 1 x one hour after-school session per week in addition to timetabled lessons.

This course is ideal for pupils who not only have an interest in music or play an instrument, but also for those who want to learn and develop their musical skills further. The course offers the chance to study a diverse variety of musical styles, as well as developing technology skills within composition and expertise as a performer. It is also an excellent foundation for students wanting to pursue music in further education.