Meet the Team

Faculty Leader: Mrs R Carey

The Team


Our aim

The Music Department aims to create an environment that encourages curiosity, interest and a lifelong love of learning in music, where all students are able to experience success and enjoyment through active involvement in performance, composition, listening and appraising. The Music Department has purpose-built accommodation. Apart from the main teaching room, there are four practice rooms. The department is well equipped with Yamaha and Roland keyboards, drum kits, African drums, acoustic, electric and bass guitars, ukuleles and numerous percussion instruments. There are also 15 Mac computers which are used by all classes for composing. Four peripatetic instrumental teachers visit the school every week and provide tuition on guitar, keyboard, voice and drums. There is a charge for these lessons. Students at Key Stage 3 receive a one-hour music lesson every week. Lessons focus on the key areas of composing, performing, listening and appraising. Music can be studied as an option at GCSE level.

Why it is important to study music?

Studying music helps to develop important transferable skills such as: self-discipline, self-confidence, self-motivation, creativity and teamwork.

The Key Stage 3 Music curriculum is practically based, focusing on developing skills in the three main areas of our subject: performing, composing and listening/appraising. Our varied schemes of work provide opportunities for all students to develop the necessary skills, should they want to pursue music as a hobby or at GCSE level.

What do we study in Music?

Year 7

Keyboard skills 1 (performance); Brazilian Samba (group rhythm work); Ukulele 1 (chords and strumming patterns); Music for Special Occasions (composing on keyboards); GarageBand (music technology); Stand by Me (ensemble skills)

Year 8

Keyboard skills 2 (performance); Film Music 1 (composing and performing); Ukulele 2 (melody and picking); Theme and Variations (composing/arranging); Film Music 2 (composing using technology – Logic Pro); Blues and Improvisation (Performing).

Year 9

Year 9: Music from India and Bhangra (composing and performing); Battle of the Bands (ensemble performance); GCSE Solo Taster Performance; Ukulele 2 (2019-20 only); Sequenced performance (music technology using Logic Pro); Composing to a Stimulus/Gaming Music.

Year 10 and 11

Specification: OCR GCSE Music J536

The course is comprised of three components which will be studied throughout the two years.

Integrated Portfolio (30%) – A performance of a piece of your choice on your chosen instrument (this can be any instrument, including voice, DJing or Music Technology), demonstrating your technical control, and a composition, demonstrating your ability to develop musical ideas. (Internally assessed and externally moderated).

Practical Component (30%) – An ensemble performance on any instrument and in any style, and a composition to a set brief provided by the exam board (there will be a choice). (Internally assessed and externally moderated).

Listening Exam (40%) – You will learn to develop listening and appraising skills through the study of music from around the world, film and game music, and music from different periods of history, including rock anthems, pop ballads and the music of solo artists up to the present day.

Why study GCSE Music?

Did you know that potential employers value a GCSE Music qualification because of the skills involved, such as self-discipline (practising and rehearsing), self-confidence (performing in front of others), self-motivation and team work (when playing in bands/ensembles)? In addition, research shows that making music helps young people maintain good mental health during a time of high pressure. If you require any further information, please contact either Mrs Jennings or Mrs Palmer

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