Our Music Team

An Introduction to Music

The music department is designed to support, contribute and complement the aims of the school by providing equal opportunities for all pupils across the curriculum. The department is continually looking at ways to be innovative and engaging the pupils. This can be seen with Year 9 pupils receiving a varied curriculum of music, musical theatre and drama which prepares pupils for the BTEC  Performing Arts course which has been popular since its introduction.

Year 7

In Year 7 pupils follow the following topics. They will study Rhythm and Pulse which explores rhythm and note value. Night and Day exploring Pitch, Timbre, Texture, Dynamics, Duration, Tempo and Structure. Form and Structure which explore different musical forms such as Binary, Ternary and Rondo. Ladders which develops pupils awareness of the different scales used in music concluding with pupils looking at the origins of Rap and performing their own.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils will study the origins of The Blues looking at a brief history and performing pieces whilst developing their improvisation skills. Developing on from structure in Year 7, they will look at theme and variations and ground bass. Film music and how this contributes to the film with an emphasis on James Bond. Using various musical ideas from the James Bond films, pupils will develop their own ideas to a scene from Spectre creating excitement, tension and suspense by using the various musical elements. Year 8 concludes with a study of Pop songs looking at chord structure, melodic development and some simple rock beat patterns.

Year 9

Pupils are on a carousel of Musical Futures, musical theatre and drama. They will receive a term of each discipline. The Musical Futures project aims to develop their performing skill further by performing/singing in their own band by performing songs ranging from Snow Patrol, Adele, Queen, Sam Smith Taylor Swift using guitars, bass, drums, keyboard and vocals.

In musical theatre, pupils, through singing and dancing, will look to perform scenes from shows and music videos such as Thriller and Hairspray to complement the work done in drama.

Key Stage 4 – AQA GCSE Music / Edexcel Music BTEC

The AQA GCSE Music qualification offers pupils the opportunity to study a wide range of musical genres, with more opportunities for practical learning. Pupils cover understanding music, performing music and composing music. Pupils will listen to a variety of music ranging from Western classical tradition 1650-1910, popular music, traditional music and western classical tradition since 1910. They will also perform one solo and one ensemble and produce two compositions during the course.

GCSE Paper

Understanding music. The exam is 1 hour 30 minutes and is worth 40% of GCSE marks.

Music performance

  • Performance 1: Solo performance.
  • Performance 2 Ensemble performance.

A minimum of four minutes of performance in total is required, of which a minimum of one minute must be the ensemble performance. This component is 30% of GCSE marks.


  • Composition 1: Composition to a brief.
  • Composition 2: Free composition.

A minimum of three minutes of music in total is required. This component is 30% of GCSE marks.

Edexcel BTEC Paper

The Edexcel BTEC first award in Performing Arts has been designed to provide an engaging and stimulating introduction to the world of Performing Arts. The qualification builds on learning from KS3 for those who want to develop their skills in acting, singing and dancing and explore a more creative course at KS 4.


The course involves three units. Preparation, Performance and Production. Musical Theatre and Individual Showcase. Each unit aims to develop the skills and understanding pupils have of the industry and performing, with a focus on Musical Theatre, concluding with an individual showcase.