Music Department

Head of Department: Mr J. Smith


Departmental Curriculum

The Music curriculum has been mapped to ensure students are studying and experiencing all aspects of a creative subject. They are encouraged to develop their musical skills alongside their social, moral, spiritual and cultural skills. In Year 7 and Year 8, pupils have access to music for two terms of the school year.

From Year 7, students are taught music through the three key areas of studying music: appraising, composing and performing. They are also introduced to the key elements of music (dynamics, rhythm, pitch, instruments, tempo, texture, structure). As they progress through Key Stages, these three areas become more challenging and sophisticated.

In Year 7, students develop their skills in the three key areas through the following topics:  Introduction to DR PITTS and Morning Music Compositions, Form and Structure, Instruments of the Orchestra and Music and Space

In Year 8, study topics such as:  Minimalism, Theme and Variation, Film Music and Caribbean Music.

In Year 9, students develop their appraising, composing and performing skills further through learning about the conventions of Popular Music and Classical Music, added to learning about music from around the world. They also take a deeper look into past topics such as Minimalism and Form and Structure.

In Years 10 and 11, pupils push their skills developed over KS3 to new heights through appraising set works, composing both freely and to a brief and performing challenging pieces on their chosen instrument.