Music Curriculum

  • Mr G. Mullaly

    Curriculum Leader of Music

  • Mr M. Perry

    Teacher of Music & Gifted and Talented Co-ordinator

Department Vision & Ethos


It is our intent to provide outstanding and accessible music provision for all students who study music. Students will be offered a wealth of opportunities to explore different cultures/styles of music and we aim to immerse students in these styles through predominantly practical music making. All music provision will be of a very high quality, thus, creating life-long experiences to further develop students culturally, creatively and academically.


We instil creativity in our students through allowing them to access music in various ways, whether that be listening, performing, composing or appraising. At KS3 level, students will be introduced to GCSE Areas of Study to bridge the gap between KS3 and KS4. The curricular music will be complimented with a diverse and vibrant extra-curricular enrichment programme, in which any student can get involved with, whilst increasing their cultural capital. For further detailed information on the intentions of the music curriculum specific to each year group, please see the attachment at the end of this page.



The curriculum is implemented through compulsory study of music at Key Stage 3 level (Year 7 and Year 8). Students receive 1 hour per week of music from a specialist music teacher. This is mostly practical music making incorporating performing, composing, listening and appraising. At GCSE Level, students may opt for music as their Year 9 option and the GCSE is completed at the end of Year 10. Students receive 5 hours of lessons a fortnight from a music specialist where the focus is on performing, composing and knowledge (AoS). A vocational pathway is also available to students (RSL Level 2). This allows all learners to succeed and access music at an appropriate level. At Key Stage 5, students can opt for the Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma for Music Practitioners which is a vocational course. Learners can access the content and cover areas such as live performing, rehearsal skills, event management and various industry based units. Students receive 4 hours per week of music lessons from a specialist music teacher at Key Stage 5.


  • KS3

    Students will have an awareness of key musical elements such as melody, dynamics, texture, tempo, harmony, structure, instrumentation and rhythm. Students will be able to aurally identify these musical elements within various genres of music.

    Students will listen with increased discrimination to a wide range of music. Students will have explored different musical genres and contexts and understand the historical significance of the music.

    Students will understand rhythmic structures and basic notation in western music. Students will have played and performed confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using their voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression.

  • KS4

    Students will show a good understanding of music across the GCSE Music curriculum. Students will be able to identify a wide range of genres and show a thorough understanding of the following musical elements: Melody, Articulation, Dynamics, Texture, Structure, Harmony, Instrumentation, Rhythm and Tempo.

    Students will have knowledge of the stylistic features of music dating from 1600 to the present day. Students will be able to aurally identify and describe music from the Baroque, Classical, Romantic and 20th Century eras. Furthermore, students will be able to identify and describe the cultural significance of music from around the world, such as Sub-Saharan Africa, Central & South America, India and the Punjab, and Middle East & Mediterranean.

    Students will be competent reading music in treble and bass clef, and this will be evident through composition and melodic dictation exercises. Students will be well prepared for continuing music at sixth form.

  • KS5

    Students will have a thorough understanding of the music industry and their potential role within it. Students will have substantial performing experience, including to a live audience.

    Students will understand the key stages in the management process of a live music event (including planning, promotion and delivery). Students will have further developed their instrumental technique and proficiency.

    Students will be able to accurately reflect on the degree of success of their work/performances. Students will be able to evaluate their suitability and potential for progress in various job roles in the industry.

    Students will be prepared and equipped to study music at university.

Year 7 Curriculum

Year 8 Curriculum

Year 9 Curriculum

Year 10 Curriculum

Year 12 Curriculum

Year 13 Curriculum

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