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KS1: Students are exposed to different music from different cultures. They experiment with creating different sounds and moods using music. They practice the foundations of music such as playing, together taking turns listening to each other and responding to direction. They also Begin singing with nursery rhymes practicing singing in rounds and learning words.


Ks2: Learners being to look at music from different cultures and compare them to one another and to modern music. They consider how the culture is reflected by the sounds. They begin to experiment with more sophisticated instruments such as keyboard with a developing complexity of parts. They develop increasingly complex soundscapes working within a group to reflect stimuli with sound. They listen to music and are expected to discern more about what’s going on physically to make the sounds and what is being portrayed. The begin to develop a foundation of theory knowledge such as root notes playing in key and playing in time.



Year 7

Students use a variety of instruments to explore timbre, pitch, tempo, texture, dynamics, duration, structure, and silence. They learn to identify different musical instruments, styles, and contemporary musical genres.

Students discover the importance of music to create atmosphere in films and computer games, and they will listen to a number of different composers.

Throughout the year they will learn to use music technology such as GarageBand, and will learn to play percussion and keyboards. They will also be able to take part in Junk Band Drumming and have access to additional lessons from visiting peripatetic tutors.


Year 8 and 9

Students in Year 8 and 9 are currently following parallel courses which extend their knowledge of Musical Elements from Year 7 and introduce more formal musical terminology. They create their own compositions using GarageBand and have the opportunity to create increasingly sophisticated music such as a Pop Song. They will learn more about how music is used in films and will start to compose their own soundtrack for a film clip. Students learn more about contemporary composers through their unit on Film Music. They focus on the development of modern music from blues to modern pop music and the cultural aspects behind the sounds and the meaning as well as the influence of one genre to the next. They are given the opportunity to explore various techniques introduced throughout the years that come back time and again.

As they move from Year 8 into Year 9 they may also start to focus on an instrument of their choice as a performance piece, which may include their own voice and singing.

Students throughout Key Stage 3 are always encouraged to try new instruments and teaching staff are always ready to spend extra time giving them support on drums, guitars, keyboards, and singing, and are also happy to explore setting up tuition on other instruments too.

Students in Year 9 with a particular interest in music are encouraged to consider following the subject to exam level in Key Stage 4.




Pupils in Key Stage 4 have the option to study Music in greater depth, with a view to taking the BTEC national award/certificate on the Edexcel examinations board. The course currently incorporates a combination of music industry theory, music performance, individual development, composition tasks, and both solo and group performance.

There are 4 Modules:


Unit 1: The Music Industry


This unit will allow you to gain a good understanding of the scope of the music industry with a view to getting work in and using the organisations that exist. You will investigate music organisations to find out about the work they do and how they relate to and rely on one another. You will also be given the opportunity to find out about the people who work in these organisations, from performers to people who work in technical, production and administrative roles.


Unit 2: Managing a Music Product


This unit will enable you to manage the planning, delivery and promotion of a live concert, CD, or other music product. The success of your music product will rely heavily on the planning and development process. It is important that different types of audience are understood and successful promotion is able to effectively engage these audiences. Your research should introduce you to elements of industry practice.


Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition


This unit will require you to develop a portfolio of ideas, some of which will be developed, and one of which will be completed. You will discover a range of compositional techniques and produce contrasting musical ideas to develop your compositional expertise. An idea might take the form of a short melodic motif, a chord progression or a rhythmic idea. Ideas can be short or long – you will consider the different ways in which these ideas could form the basis for a complete piece of music


Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance


Over the course of this unit, you will explore skills and make decisions as you prepare for performance. Planning and practicing are both vital parts of a successful performance; you should be aware of when your performances are due to take place so that you are able to plan your preparation time. You should be encouraged to choose your own pieces for performance to an audience. You should work with a specialist teacher to improve your technique and should keep a practice/production log that details how you have improved over the duration of the unit. If appropriate, you should organise your own accompaniment, whether this is a single accompanist or a band.

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