Music

‘My idea is that there is music in the air, music all around us; the world is full of it, and you simply take as much as you require.’ Edward Elgar (Composer)

Have you ever had a day where you have not heard any music? Music is all around us; it engulfs our everyday lives, from the person whistling in the street to the epic music used in the latest blockbuster. We will take you on a journey of musical discovery. Throughout your musical education you will take part in competitive music making, sing, and learn to read musical notation. Through group and solo work, you will learn to play various instruments and listen to music from different cultures and genres. Our aim is set your musical creativity free.

Year 7  |  Year 8  |  Year 9  |  GCSE Music  |  A-Level Music  |  Extra-curricular Music

Year 7

Choir of the Year Competition
Instruments of the Orchestra
Reading rhythms
Reading treble and bass clef notations
Introduction to playing the keyboard
Introduction to melody-writing

Year 8

The Baroque Era
Instrumental Music 1600-1900
New Directions (Minimalism and 20th Century Music)
Vocal Music (performing a cover song and composing own pop songs)

Year 9

The Blues listening, performance and analysis
Popular Music – Rock n’ Roll & Beyond
Film Music

Edexcel GCSE Music

This course is designed to encourage students in Years 10 and 11 to enjoy and appreciate music through listening, composing and performing. It builds upon skills and knowledge that students have learned in KS3 Music lessons and in any instrumental or vocal lessons.

The GCSE Music course consists of 3 units:

Unit 1: Performing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to practise and record both a solo and an ensemble performance during the course. Performances may be on any instrument/voice and in any style.

Unit 2: Composing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to produce two pieces of music that they have written themselves during the course. Help will be given to use Logic and Sibelius to realise and record ideas.

Unit 3: Listening to Music (40% of the final mark)

Students sit a 90-minute exam at the end of the course. This relates to the 8 set works, across a wide range of genres, and unfamiliar music.

Edexcel A-Level Music

The A-level Music course consists of 3 units:

Unit 1: Performing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to practise and record a recital during Year 13. Performances may be on any instrument/voice and in any style.

Unit 2: Composing Music (30% of the final mark)

Students are required to produce a piece of music that they have written themselves during the course. They also learn harmony techniques and complete a Bach Chorale.

Unit 3: Listening to Music (40% of the final mark)

Students sit a 2-hour exam at the end of the course. This relates to the set works, across a wide range of genres, and unfamiliar music.

Extra-curricular Music

The music department offers instrumental lessons and a wide variety of extra-curricular activities including choirs, orchestras and the whole school production.