“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” -Plato

Music is taught by

Mr N Bowers-Broadbent Curriculum Team Leader
Ms I Biserova Music Teacher

“Music is the universal language of mankind.” - Henry Wandsworth Longfellow

Who should choose this subject?

If you enjoy:

  • Composing and performing music
  • Learning an instrument or singing
  • Creating music on computers or in a recording studio  
  • Learning about all types of music, including Western Classical, Pop Music and World Music.

Then music is the subject for you!

Year 7

  • Baseline assessment
  • Rhythm and pulse
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Introduction to Music Technology
  • Keyboard Skills
  • Soundscape

Year 8

  • Music for Film and TV
  • Samba
  • Indian Music
  • Band performance
  • Dance and Jazz/Blues Music
  • Drum programming/Remixing

Year 9

  • Ensemble Performance
  • Solo performance on specialist Instrument
  • Introduction to Logic and Sibelius
  • Western Classical, 20th Century Music, Popular Music, World Music
  • Musical devices/Musical elements
  • Set brief and Free composition
  • Listening and appraising


GCSE Music

Students follow the Edexcel GCSE specification. This is made up of the following:

  • Performance and Composition (Coursework) – 60% of total GCSE
  • Listening and Appraising (Exam)  - 40% of total GCSE

Year 10

  • Area of Study 1 - Instrumental Music
  • Area of Study 2 – Vocal Music
  • Area of Study 3 – Music for Stage and Screen
  • Area of Study 4 – Fusions
  • Solo and Ensemble Performances
  • Composition
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Rehearsals

Year 11

  • Studio Recording – Final Performances
  • Research and final write ups
  • Set brief and Free Composition
  • Final Ensemble and Solo performance pieces
  • Listening and Appraising
  • Detailed Score Analysis

Careers in Music

Composer, Music Artist, Session Musician, Songwriter, Record Producer, Film Music, Music Business, Management, DJ, Sound Engineer, Musical Director, A&R Coordinator, Music Journalist, Booking Agent, Broadcasting, Record Companies/Labels, Music & Entertainment Law.

The music industry is the fourth biggest employer in the UK.


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