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Key Stage 3 Music

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians.
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence.
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Students develop their musical skills through performing, composing and listening. They learn through a combination of whole class, small group, paired and individual work and are encouraged to develop their confidence by performing in front of the class, when they are ready.

Year 7 Areas of Study

  • Baseline Assessment - listening and performing.
  • Christmas Song Writing  - listening, composing and performing.
  • Haunted House - listening and composing using ICT.
  • Minimalism - listening, composing and performing using cycles and loops.
  • Singing Technique - listening and performing.

Year 8  Areas of Study

  • Film Music - listening and composing using ICT.
  • Reggae - listening and performing.   
  • Singing - listening and performing.
  • Elgar - listening, composing and performing.
  • Pop music through the ages - listening and performing.

Year 9 Areas of Study

  • Blues - listening, composing and performing.
  • Pop Performance - listening and performing.   
  • Song Writing  - listening, composing and performing.
  • Club Dance - listening and composing using ICT.
  • Pupil Choice / Advanced Composition.  

Key Stage 4 Music

The aims of the GCSE specification are to:

  • • Develop candidates’ interest and enjoyment of music that will be sustained in later life, so that they are inspired, moved and changed by studying a broad, coherent, satisfying and worthwhile course of study.
  • • Develop candidates’ own musical interests and skills including an understanding of how to make music individually and in groups.
  • • Enable candidates to evaluate their own and others’ music.
  • • Develop understanding and appreciation of a range of different kinds of music.
  • • Develop broader life-skills and attributes including critical and creative thinking, aesthetic sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline, self-confidence and self-motivation.

At Key Stage 4 students complete the OCR Music GCSE (J536)

GCSE Music is usually taught with one class of between 15 and 25 students.

Students produce two performance pieces and two compositions with a final listening examination based on the following Areas of Study:

  • Area of study 1 - My Instrument.
  • Area of Study 2 -  The Concerto Through Time
  • Area of study 3 - Rhythms of the World
  • Area of study 4 - Film Music
  • Area of Study 5 - Pop & Rock Music

For further information, contact:

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Joint Area Leaders, Performing Arts