Music is a practical subject in which students work as musicians, engaging in musical thinking. Three kinds of activity require musical thinking: listening, composing and performing. These elements provide the foundation for the music curriculum. Music is a universal language which can be enjoyed by all and accessible to all. Students should have the experience of music which encompasses a wide range of styles and cultural traditions.

  • All students shall be given equal access and opportunity to the activities of the department and so provide stimulation and enjoyment of the subject.
  • Students will develop an understanding of the expressive qualities of music and its ability to communicate feeling and ideas.
  • Students will be encouraged to develop personal skills of self discipline, self motivation and co-operation in practical activities.
  • Students will develop an awareness and appreciation for our diverse musical heritage and the music of other cultures.
  • Teaching strategies will recognise the individuality of each student and will encourage them to develop their full potential.
  • All students, regardless of prior experience or capability, are engaged in active music making and are allowed to feel a sense of achievement
  • Pupils achieve levels which are in line with, or above expectation for their age. This will be reflective of prior experience and in relation to this experience, students make good progress
  • The music curriculum responds to the cultural heritage of the local community, whilst addressing a range of other cultures
  • Good information is provided on musical opportunities within the local and wider community
  • Students have the opportunity to learn a range of musical instruments, which reflect their interests and aspirations
  • Opportunities are provided for students to perform in out-of-class music activities
  • The music department is well resourced and ICT is used to enable students to make progress (and not used when other resources are more appropriate)
  • Music makes a contribution to the life of the school and to the development of key skills (social, moral and spiritual development, literacy, ICT etc)
Key Stage 4


Units of Study:
  • Listening to and Appraising Music (Written Paper – 1 hour – 80 marks – 20%)
  • Composing and Appraising Music (Externally assessed – 40 marks – 20%) 
  • Performing Music (Controlled Assessment – 60 marks – 40%)
  • Composing Music (Controlled Assessment – 30 marks – 20%)
The five areas of study for all the units in this specification are:

AOS1 Rhythm & Metre, AOS2 Harmony &Tonality, AOS3 Texture & Melody, AOS4 Timbre & Dynamics, AOS5 Structure & Form

These will be explored through three Strands:
  • The Western Classical Tradition- Baroque orchestral music, the concerto, Music for voices, Chamber music and the Sonata. 
  • Popular Music of the 20th & 21st Centuries- Blues, Popular music of the 1960s, Rock Music, R ‘n’ B, hip-hop, Music Theatre and Film Music 
  • World Music- Music of the Caribbean, Music of Africa and Music of India 
Key Stage 5

AQA Music A Level 

AS Units of Study: 
  • Influences on Music 
  • Composing: Creating Musical Ideas
  • Performing: Interpreting Musical Ideas 40% of AS 
A2 Units of Study: 
  • Music in Context 20% OF A Level 
  • Composing: Developing Musical Ideas 15% of A Level 
  • Performing: A Musical Performance 15% of A Level 
Extra-Curricular Music

Participation in extra-curricular music activities enriches the core curriculum for music and allows pupils the opportunity to share interests and experience performing with others.

Lunchtime clubs available every day:
  • Drumming
  • Guitar Club
  • Vocal study
  • Keyboard club
  • Band rehearsal
  • GCSE and A Level students’ performance practice
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