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Welcome to the Music Department

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Meet the Music Team

Mr M Stanley
Head of Department

Mr D Root
Senior Leader

Music Curriculum

In KS3 students study the musical elements which form the foundation for further study at KS4.

Year 7

Students are on a taster 4 week rotation studying the concepts of:-

  • Note duration
  • Pitch (bass and treble clef)
  • Keyboard skills

Year 8

Students have 1 hour per week provision in music. This builds upon year 7 experiences. Students continue to study music theory and have the choice of instrument to specialise on. Students have the choice of learning drums, guitar, keyboard or vocals. It is expected that students should be at least grade 1 standard at the end of year 8 in their chosen instrument.


Students in KS4 will continue to develop musical skills in preparation for year 10. In year 10 students begin to follow the BTEC first Level 1/2 certificate in Music.The units covered include:-


Unit 1 The Music Industry

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product

Option of 2

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance

Unit 6 Introducing Music Recording

Unit 7 Introducing Music Sequencing

How do we assess students in Music?

Students in KS4 are currently following the Pearson  BTEC Level1/Level2 Award in Music.

The course is split into 75% internally assessed course work and a 25% exam external assessed.

Unit 1 The music Industry (Core) External

Unit 2 Managing a Music Product (Core) Internal


Option of two from:-

Unit 5 Introducing Music Performance Internal       

Unit 6 Introducing Music Recording internal

Unit 7 Introducing Music Sequencing internal

Examination Information

In Key Stage 3 students are assessed using National Curriculum levels every learning cycle. This is based on theory and practical performance.

Homework Expectations

Homework is set to support learning in the classroom this will normally be based on music theory, which was covered in the lesson to further support and develop understanding. In Key Stage 3 this will be 2 weekly. All students are expected to revise the week prior to assessment week. This will be set using Show My Homework. Students will also find the codes for online homework in their workbooks, which can be noted into planners also if a problem should occur with show my homework.

All Key Stage 3 students are expected to practice on their own instruments on a daily basis. This should be for at least 30 minutes to ensure instrumental skills are developed at the required rate of progress.

Recommended Revision Guides

BTEC guides for music are in the process of been published. Details to follow once they are available.

Student Revision Guide provided in House free of charge to every student. 

Head of Music

Mr. M. Stanley

01482 879967