Mrs L Holden

Head of Music

Mrs E Stratford

Teacher of Music

Ms L Fusano

Head of MFL & Professional Mentor



The music department is a busy and exciting department. There is a wealth of opportunity available for musicians of all types to flourish through an interesting and diverse curriculum to a range of extra-curricular activities.

The department runs a full peripatetic timetable with around 50 instrumental lessons each week being taught by visiting teachers.

We have our own recording studio which enables us to create high quality recordings of students’ work, particularly at GSCE level.

KS3 Overview

At Key Stage 3 students have one lesson of music each week and are taken through a range of topics which teach them about how music works, and how different styles of music have grown from a diverse range of cultural traditions, and how the conventions of these traditions affect the way that music is perceived and heard. A large part of this is allowing students the scope to perform and compose music in different styles in order to help underpin their understanding of musical genres.

Although not all students have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument they become proficient at basic keyboard harmony and are taught how to use music technology to help them achieve their creative outcomes.

Year 7 and 8 is a seamless journey of learning new and relevant creative skills so that all students have a solid foundation of both practical and theoretical musical skills by the end of the key stage. This ensures that those continuing with music in Key Stage 4 have the correct basic skills and understanding to build upon.

Topics include – African Music, Radio Jingles, Music for Animation, Electronic Dance Music, Composing with Chords and the Twelve Bar Blues.

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Music KS3 Overview

KS4 Overview

Year 9

In Year 9 students enjoy a year of foundation learning in music in readiness for Key Stage 4. Students review and develop the skills they learned in KS3 and learn about the main elements of the history of music throughout the ages. Students compose music in different styles and progressively become more independent in composing and performing.

Year 10 and 11

The GCSE Music classes follow a broadly practical curriculum, in which they develop their skills in Performing, Composing and Listening. As well as using Music Technology to produce high quality compositions, GCSE Music students record their final performances and many of their compositions in the school’s Recording Studio.

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Music KS4 Overview (2017-18)

Revision Guides

  • Music – CGP GCSE AQA Music. Available to buy.

Useful Websites


Career Opportunities

Classical Musician:

A classical musician will usually perform in an orchestra or occasionally as a soloist. They will have reached the highest standards in their own instrument, practising many hours a day.


A Degree or Diploma from a music conservatoire or specialist university course.

Music teaching:

People come to music teaching from different paths, but the one thing they have in common is a love of music and a music degree or equivalent from university. Most music teachers are classically trained although increasingly contemporary musicians are becoming music teachers too. You can teach only your own instrument or work in a school teaching classroom music.


Classroom teaching

  • A Degree in music
  • A Post Graduate Certificate in education

Instrumental teaching

  • No qualifications are required, although there are a range of professional qualifications available which can be helpful.

Orchestral manager:

An orchestra needs a lot of organising. An orchestral manager may not play an instrument at all, but a love of music is helpful in this job.

They make sure the musicians know what their schedules are, that the music is all in order and ready for rehearsals, that venues are booked and transport is arranged. Most importantly they also make sure the musicians are paid.


There are no specific qualifications but a diploma in tourism and leisure or basic business studies would be helpful.

Recording artist:

No qualifications needed here but a great heap of talent is what is required. There are routes into the music industry for singers and bands including going on to a college such as the Academy of Music and Sound, where performance artists, budding sound engineers and producers come together to learn their art, gain qualifications and make contacts in the music industry.

Sound engineer:

A sound engineer is responsible for recording live music and using all the technology available to create a stunning track. A sound engineer is a good technician and will have a great ear for music.


Many colleges and universities offer music technology qualifications.

  • ‘A’ Level or BTEC in Music Technology
  • Diploma or Degree in Sound Engineering

Venue manager:

All Concert venues whether it is a large concert hall, a small theatre or a club need a team of managers and administrators.

Booking artists, looking after them before, during and after a gig and keeping things organised and working backstage is an important job.

Front of house requires managing too. Ticket sales, merchandise and preparing for and welcoming the audience is crucial. Venue management is enjoyable – you get to hear lots of live music and there are a wide range of different jobs available.


  • BTEC Diploma and/or Degree in Tourism and Leisure

The UK Venue Managers Association also offer dedicated qualifications.

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