"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

    Course Content

    AQA Music explores the three main areas of Performance, Composition and Listening. Students record two performances, compose two compositions and study music from a variety of World Cultures, Popular Music and Western Classical Music. 

    Year 10

    • Study the Five Strands of Harmony and Tonality, Melody and Texture, Rhythm and Meter, Timbre and Dynamics and Structure and Form
    • Study of Popular Music
    • Study of Western Classical Music
    • Study of World Music
    • Introductory Compositional Assignments
    • Introductory Solo and Ensemble Performances

    Year 11

    • Listening tests based on the areas covered in Year Ten
    • Controlled Assessment for Two Performances
    • Controlled Assessment for Two Compositions
    • Examination preparation

    Final Assessment

    Examination (20%)
    One hour listening test based on the Five Stands of Music and Areas Of Study below:
    Melody and Texture
    Dynamics and Timbre
    Harmony and Totality
    Rhythm and Meter
    Structure and Form 
    Western Classical Music
    Popular Music
    World Music

    Controlled Assessment: Performance (40%)
    Each student will prepare two Performances under Controlled Assessment conditions within school
    Solo performance
    Ensemble Performance

    Controlled Assessment: Composition (40%)
    Each student will prepare two Compositions under Controlled Assessment conditions within school
    Composition One

  • YEAR 12 AND 13
    • Qualification: A Level (GCE)
    • Examination Board: AQA
    • Syllabus/ Specification: Music 7010
    • Subject Code: 12Mu/13Mu
    • Hours per week: 6 hours

    Details: http://web.aqa.org.uk/qual/gce/arts/music_materials.php?id=06&prev= 

    Course Description

    The A-level Music specification enables students to extend their knowledge and understanding of music, to create and develop their own musical ideas and to demonstrate technical, interpretative and communication skills through performing music.

    This six-unit course helps students to develop aural, theoretical and analytical skills and enables them to explore a significant set work and an area of study selected to suit their preferences. They can choose to study compositional techniques, to create music which draws on their own experience and enthusiasm or to arrange a given piece of music. In their performances, students can present solo and ensemble pieces and can work with music technology.

    A-level Music builds on the knowledge and skills gained from GCSE Music as well as musical experience gained outside the classroom. It recognises the interdependence of different aspects of musical activity.

    Course Content for AS Music

     Unit 1

    • Influences on Music (General listening and set work)
    • 30% of AS, 15% of A Level
    • 1 hour 45 minutes written examination
    • 80 marks

    Unit 2

    • Composing: Creating Musical Ideas
    • 30% of AS, 15% of A Level Externally Assessed Coursework 60 marks

    Unit 3

    • Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas
    • 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
    • 10–16 minutes Internally Assessed 80 marks

     Course Content for A2 Music

    Unit 4

    • Music in Context
    • 20% of A Level
    • 2 hours 15 minutes written examination
    • 100 marks

    Unit 5

    • Composing: Developing Musical Ideas
    • 15% of A Level
    • Externally Assessed Coursework 60 marks

    Unit 6

    • Performing: A Musical Performance
    • 15% of A Level
    • 10–15 minutes Externally Assessed 60 marks
"Music brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression"