• Music Head1


'Music produces a kind of pleasure which human nature cannot do without' -  Confucius

Music is one of the subjects in which there isn’t always a right or wrong answer – the important thing is to use the imagination and take part!

Students will develop the skills of an independent thinker and learn to expand their minds.

Each week will provide an opportunity for practical music making, either performing or composing. These activities are supported by a range of listening tasks which focus on a variety of musical styles, including multi-cultural and contemporary music.

All students will have access to a range of instruments and be encouraged to use their voices.

Students in Music develop a wide range of interpersonal and learning skills from Year 7 to Year 13. These skills and qualities include enthusiasm, resilience, teamwork, problem solving, self- reflection and independence. These are taught through Performance, Composition and Listening and Analysis. 

At Key Stage 3, students are taught Music for 1 lesson per week and are grouped in core and extension. We have designed holistic and engaging schemes of work encompassing the disciplines and themes of COMPOSING, PERFORMING and LISTENING, ranging from “Music for Animals” in Year 7 to “Music for Adverts and Films” in Year 9. Some of the work is reinforced using technology and all Key Stage 3 classes use keyboards to develop practical skills.

At Key stage 4 and 5 we are following the OCR specification and the KS4 course overview will highlight the key themes/skills and knowledge. Key Stage 4 lessons are 3 times per week and A level are 5 times per week but will be co-taught with Year 12 and Year 13.

Key Stage 4 and 5 themes are also fixed around Composing, Performing and Listening but with more of a focus on Listening and Analysing. Performance disciplines are more varied and are tailored to students instrumental strengths

Please see the Music curriculum overviews for each Key Stage below.

Mrs R Felton: Head of Music

Mrs R Patrick: Teacher of Music

Instrumental and Singing Lessons

For information about the range of lessons available, please click here to contact the music department.   Please give details of the the instrument that you are interested in learning to play.