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Music

Key Stage 3

Students will study a range of musical styles through performing – both through singing and instrumental work, composing and listening.  Students will be taught musical notation and fundamental theory.  Students are encouraged to perform using their own instrument where appropriate.  Students will reflect on how music relates to cultures around the world; traditional music, classical music and popular music styles.

Key Stage 4

From Year 9, students will study at GCSE level.  They will perform, compose and listen to music.  Students will master performance pieces either as a soloist or as part of an ensemble.  Students will learn to perfect rehearsal technique and the importance of presenting music to an audience.

Students will compose a song, writing their own pop song using a digital audio workstation and learn how to compose and produce music using advanced technology and apply skills used in the music industry. 
Students will develop their 'Musical Knowledge' learning about the background and history behind the many styles of modern music, from Rap, to Jazz to Rock and Roll. Students learn about their favourite artists, gaining an insight into their lives, records and musical characteristics.

Music Lessons

Students can currently learn a wide range of; percussion, woodwind, brass and string instruments. If a student wishes to learn an instrument which isn't currently being taught, this can be requested and can potentially be arranged, depending on numbers and availability.

Creating interest in music

We encourage interest in music by:

  • Participating in extra curricular groups – Putteridge singers, Putteridge Powerhouse Band and the brand new Training band where you can learn a new instrument from scratch and create music as a group.
  • involvement in school productions, various concerts and county events.

Exam Board

For more information on the subject and to review the BTEC specification from the exam board please click here.