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The Music Department aims to develop students’ musical understanding and enjoyment of music by actively engaging with music.

A wide range of enrichment activities are available and we encourage students to take a musically active part in the life of the school.

Year 8 and Year 9 work on a rotation basis for units to allow for all students to have access to the music technology resources.

Autumn Term
  • Elements of Music and graphic scores
  • Reading, writing and composing rhythms
  • Developing analytical skills through listening and writing about music
  • Instruments of the orchestra and staff notation
  • Basic keyboard skills
  • Writing a Christmas Carol
Autumn Term
  • Bass lines and hooks
  • Learning about popular and classical music which use repeating bass lines
  • Performing and composing music within these styles
  • Developing music notation skills


Autumn Term
  • 20th Century Music
  • Studying music composed in the 20th century
  • Composing and performing music in Minimalist and Aleatoric styles
  • The Blues
  • Developing knowledge of where the blues comes from
  • Performing songs that use elements of blues
Spring Term
  • Keyboard
  • African Drumming
  • Gamelan
  • Composing and performing through percussion, keyboards and singing
  • Developing music theory skills
Spring Term
  • Song writing
  • Analysing songs with social and political meaning
  • Composing and performing a pop song
Spring Term
  • Reggae and pop music
  • Performing different types of pop songs and reggae
  • Learning how to write a pop song and about the tradition of reggae songs
  • Composition unit – developing writing melodies, chords and staff notation
Summer Term
  • Different styles of Dance music

Composing in an electronic dance music style and song composition

Summer Term
  • Performance techniques
  • Developing ensemble and solo performance skills to create a full length piece of music
Summer Term
  • Film music
  • Using music technology to create a film soundtrack
  • Learning how to use GarageBand
  • Create different moods through musical devices

Staff Contact
Mrs S Homewood -