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Students study the elements of music: Pitch, Duration, Tempo, Dynamics, Timbre and Structure through a variety of tasks including: Performance, Composition and Listening & Appraising. 

Each class in Year 7,8 and 9 have one period a week in music. The curriculum is supported by a wide range of extra-curriculr activities both at lunchtime and after school. The department also have a number of visiting peripatetic staff on hand to teach individual lessons (strings, brass, woodwind, percussion, piano vocals, electric and acoustic guitar, bass guitar, drum kit and ukulele). 

In Year 7 students cover a number of topics including: performing and composing on keyboard, rhythm work, world music, graphic scores, playing the ukulele, programme music and instruments of the orchestra. 

In Year 8 students cover a number of topics including: Jazz and Blues, Rap music, Chord structures, Music in the 1950's and 60's and the Beatles. 

In Year 9 students cover a number of topics including: Ground Bass, Theme and Variations, Arrangements, Film Music, Reggae, Music for a special occasion and the popular song. 


Students who currently opt to study music at GCSE follow the AQA Music 4272 syllabus. Students are examined in three areas; performance (both solo and ensemble), composition ( 2 controlled assesments and a written paper) and in a Listening and Appraising Exam. 

Year Half term Topics covered
Rhythm/Percussion work, Note values, Playing and reading rhythms 
  Pitch/Intro to the keyboard, Reading & playing & writing pitch, Pentatonic scale 
  Graphic scores, Performing and composing Graphic Scores 
  The Elements of music, tones and semitones, chromaticism 
  Programme music, Performing and composing Peter and the Wolf 
  Instruments of the Orchestra, Strings, Woodwind, Brass, Percussion 


Year Half term Topics covered
Blues Music, 12 Bar Blues, Composers, Performing, Improvisation 
  Jazz, All that Jazz, Chords, Singing 
  Rap music, Performance and composing, Understanding elements of Rap music 
  Music and Dance 1950’s – 1960’s, Learning about chords 
  Passing and auxiliary notes, Composing, Performing 
  The Beatles, Ensemble performance work, What is a riff? 


Year Half term Topics covered
Reggae, Characteristics of performing, Composing, Bob Marley 
  Ground Bas, Class performance, Pachelbel, Canon, Remix 
  Variations and arranging 
  Writing a song, Writing your own song, Lyrics, Structure and form 
  Film Music, James Bond, Leitmotif, Harry Potter 
  Music for a special event, Olympics, Fanfares 


Year Half term Topics covered
10  Intro lesson on all A05 
  Rhythm and metre, Harmony and Tonality 
  Texture and melody, Timbre and dynamics, Structure and form 
  Western classic traditional 
  Popular music 
  World music 


Year Half term Topics covered
11  World music, Caribbean, African, Indian 
  Performance skills, Solo and ensemble 
  Recap/Revision of A05 
  Revision for listening paper 
  Exam leave