Department Overview

Year 7

Students in Year 7 have one lesson of music a week which aims to broaden their musical knowledge and understanding through performing, composing and listening.

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning, that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing. Students study the following units in year 7:

Unit 1:  Night and Day (understanding the musical elements and the use of them in pieces associated with night and day)

Unit 2:  Rhythm and Pulse (learning note values and how rhythms are notated)

Unit 3:  Instruments of the Orchestra (recognising and describing the different orchestral families and the instruments within them)

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

All students have the opportunity to learn an instrument or voice with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal teachers.  More information can be found here

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular Music activities.  More information can be found here

Year 8

Students in Year 8 have one of music each week which aims to broaden their musical knowledge and understanding through performing, composing and listening.

Students will gain experience through practical work on instruments/voice and aural learning that fully integrates listening with practical music making, improvising and composing. The following units are studied in year 8:

Unit 1:  African Music (exploring the rhythms, instruments and contexts of African Music)

Unit 2:  Offbeat (exploring music of the Caribbean and the use of syncopation in Reggae and Calypso)

Unit 3:  Jazz Improvisation (understanding blues and jazz music and the techniques used)

Students will be graded in one of the following categories for each performance, composition and written test:

B1, B2, B3, D1, D2, D3, S1, S2, S3, E1, E2, E3

All students have the opportunity to learn an instrument or voice with one of our specialist instrumental or vocal teachers.  More information can be found here

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular Music activities.  More information can be found here

Year 9

In Year 9 students receive 2 hours of week of BTEC Music.

This year is focussed on bridging the gap between KS3 and KS4 Music.  Students will study the following unit:

Unit 1:  Musical Theatre (performing and composing a musical theatre piece as well as understanding the context of musical theatre and its relationship to opera)

Unit 2:  Soundtracks (performing and composing leitmotifs from various film soundtracks as well as using the musical elements to describe music from films)

Unit 3:  Popular Song (performing and composing popular songs as well as using the musical elements to describe popular songs, with a focus on understanding song structure)

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

All pupils studying BTEC Music from year 9 are provided with instrumental or vocal lessons free of charge.  It is mandatory that they attend these 30 minute lessons every week and practice at least 4 times a week.

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular Music activities.  More information can be found here

Year 10

In Year 10 students receive two hours a week of BTEC music.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

Students follow the following units all equal to 30 guided learning hours.

Unit 1: The Music Industry.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product.

Unit 4: introducing music composition.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance.

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

All pupils studying BTEC Music from Year 10 are provided with instrumental or vocal lessons free of charge.  It is mandatory that they attend these 30 minute lessons every week and practice at least 4 times a week.

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular Music activities.  More information can be found here

Year 11

In Year 11 students receive two hours a week of BTEC music.

The course is a 120 guided learning hour qualification (equivalent in teaching time to one GCSE).

Students follow the following units all equal to 30 guided learning hours.

Unit 1: The Music Industry.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product.

Unit 4: introducing music composition.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance.

Students will be graded at Level 2 Pass, Level 2 Merit, Level 2 Distinction, Level 2 Distinction *, Level 1 and Unclassified.

All pupils studying BTEC Music from Year 11 are provided with instrumental or vocal lessons free of charge.  It is mandatory that they attend these 30 minute lessons every week and practice at least 4 times a week.

All students have the opportunity to attend extra-curricular Music activities.  More information can be found here