"Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression"
"Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression"

Music is a unique form of communication that can change the way pupils feel, think and act. Music forms part of an individual’s identity and positive interaction with music can develop pupils’ competence as learners and increase their self-esteem.

Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development. As an integral part of culture, past and present, music helps pupils understand themselves, relate to others and develop their cultural understanding, forging important links between home, school and the wider world.

Music education encourages active involvement in different forms of music-making, both individual and communal, helping to develop a sense of group identity and togetherness. Music can influence pupils’ development in and out of school by fostering personal development and maturity, creating a sense of achievement and self-worth, and increasing pupils’ ability to work with others in a group context.

Music learning develops pupils’ critical skills: their ability to listen, to appreciate a wide variety of music, and to make judgments about musical quality. It also increases self-discipline, creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfillment.” 

  • YEAR 7 TO 9
    • Hours per week: 2
    • Subject Code: 7Mu / 8Mu / 9Mu

    Course description

    The Music Course is closely-linked to the National Curriculum and is dynamically styled towards our students’ needs. Performing, Composing and Listening are integrated into our topics, and students experience a wide diversity of styles and forms of music throughout the course. Core skills of Performing, Composing and Listening using a variety of classroom instruments are developed in stages throughout the Year Seven, Year Eight and Year Nine programme: this leads seamlessly to GCSE Music. In most topics, students are encouraged to bring in any instruments they play at home to use in the classroom and beyond. Each week, students follow an additional Music Technology Programme which develops a variety of compositional skills across various ICT platforms and software.

    Year 7 Units

    • Drumming
    • Guitar Course (Bad Romance)
    • Intro to Logic Pro X
    • Keyboard Course (Star Wars)
    • Rock School 1
    • Sibelius
    • Preparation for Inter House Music (choral award)

    Year 8 Units

    • Blues Music
    • Guitar and Drum composition using Sibelius
    • Musical Futures 1
    • Pachelbel's Canon
    • Rock School 2
    • World Music (Samba and Gamelan)
    • Music Technology Course using Sibelius and Logic Pro X

    Year 9 Units

    • Tubular Bells
    • Musical Futures 2
    • Music and Movies
    • Music Technology using Sibelius and Logic Pro X


    Students will be assessed at the end of each topic and are given a variety of levels for performing, composing and listening tasks. In Year Nine, students are given a Controlled Assessment in Performing and Composing for their Year Nine Examination.

  • YEAR 10 AND 11


    Qualification: GCSE Music

    Course Content:

    Edexcel Music explores the three main areas of Performance, Composition and Listening. Students record a Solo and Ensemble performance and prepare a portfolio of two compositions. The Listening component of the course is based on an anthology of eight set works and is assessed by formal examination.

    Year 10

    Study eight set works:

    Instrumental Music

    • JS Bach 3rd movement from Brandenburg Concerto no 5
    • Beethoven 1st movement from Sonata Pathetique

    Music for Voice

    • H Purcell ‘Music for a While’
    • Queen ‘Killer Queen’

    Music for Stage and Screen

    • Schwartz ‘Defying Gravity’ from Wicked
    • Williams ‘Main Title’ from Star Wars


    • Afro Celt Sound System ‘Release’
    • Esperanza Spalding ‘Samba Em Preludio’

    Prepare Solo and Ensemble Performance

    Record Solo Performance

    Prepare and complete 1st Composition

    Year 11

    Record Ensemble Performance

    Complete 2nd Composition

    Revision and preparation for Listening Examination


    Performance 30%

    Composition 30%

    Listening Exam 40%

  • YEAR 12 AND 13


    • Qualification: AS and A Level Music
    • Examination Board: Cambridge International
    • Syllabus/Specification: Music 9703
    • Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details: http://www.cie.org.uk/programmes-and-qualifications/cambridge-international-as-and-a-level-music-9703/

    Course Description:

    A Level Music develops an appreciation of, and an informed critical response to, Music of the Western tradition. 

    Learners discover how to listen attentively and responsively to develop a better understanding of the musical processes at work; they also learn how to communicate this understanding, supporting their judgements by evidence-based argument. 

    The course consists of two compulsory components, along with a further three components from which students choose two based on their areas of strength.

    Component 1: Listening (Compulsory)

    A 2 hour examination based on set works including sections on ‘The First Viennese Period’ and ‘Picturing Music’.

    Component 2: Practical Musicianship (Compulsory)

    Students choose two elements from 4:

    Element 1: Recital Performance

    Element 2: Performance on second instrument /ensemble performance/ improvisation/ accompanying

    Element 3: Set of 8 progressive composition exercises

    Element 4: Composition portfolio of two contrasting pieces

    Students choose two from the further three components:

    Component 3: Performing (Optional)

    Recital programme lasting between 12-20 minutes

    Component 4: Composing (Optional)

    Composition portfolio lasting no longer than 8 minutes

    Component 5: Investigation and Report (Optional)

    Report of approximately 3000 words in length on a topic that links to either Component 3 or 4.

"Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression"