Creative Arts - Music


Music Department - Subject Aims

  • students will develop the Key Skills of composing, performing and listening
  • help students to involve themselves in purposeful music making  through practical experiences
  • develop an awareness and an understanding of music from various times, occasions and cultures
  • enable students to communicate and verbalise their musical thoughts, ideas and feelings
  • encourage self-confidence and self-esteem through composition and performance
  • develop physical, aural and sensory skills through practical activities
  • enable students to perform with an increasing sense of control and ability to organise sounds within a musical framework
  • help students to explore and investigate their musical imaginations and creative thoughts within music making
  • promote social interaction, communication and respect for others through enjoyable activities

Extra-Curricular Experiences

  • access for all students to music making outside of the classroom
  • opportunities for higher ability musicians to reach their potential through performance
  • promote social interaction across the whole age and ability range
  • encourage high achievement and excellent standards of performance, through regular public events
  • promote links with the community through provision of performances and the inclusion of community persons and acts in school events
  • encourage self-confidence and self-esteem through large and small ensemble music making
  • help for students who wish to explore the ICT provision of the department
  • encourage students to further their class work through the availability of music resources

Extra-Curricular Groups:

Concert Band, Choir, Ukulele Club, Guitar Club, Jazz Band and Recorder Club. We also support the main Academy productions. 

KS3 MUSIC - Subject information.

Students study the areas of composition, performance and listening.  Students learn how to compose their own pieces and improvise in a group setting.  They also learn how to perform from notation and how to recognise different musical styles and elements of music within a piece. Students are given opportunities to perform on a variety of instruments including keyboards, guitar and percussion.

Year 7 Units of Work:

Elements of Music, Rhythm & Rubbish, Pitch & Melody, Chords, Guitar Project and the Combined Arts Unit – Musicals

Year 8 Units of Work:

Blues, Chords & Inversions, Classical, ICT (music sequencing), Decades (Popular Song), Rhythms of the World and the Combined Arts Unit – Media & Advertising

Year 9 Units of Work:

HACC Pop Factor (Band Scheme), Protest Songs and the Horror Unit (Combined Arts)


KS4 MUSIC - Subject Information


Units include Solo Performance, Ensemble performance, Composition and Listening and analysis.

Students focus on four main areas of study:

Western Classical Music

Music of the 20th Century
Popular Music in Context
World Music

Students perform two pieces, compose and/or arrange two pieces and study 12 set works for the listening exam.

BTEC – Performing Arts (with a Music specialism)

Units include: Music skills for performance