The Music Department aims to promote enjoyment and knowledge of music by providing a balanced and broad experience of music to its pupils, reflecting the social and cultural backgrounds and heritage of the pupils. Our aim is to give every child the chance to make music and enjoy the immense benefits that it brings.

Key Stage 3

Year 7

  • It’s all about rhythm

A ‘getting to know you’ unit that teaches the basics of rhythm combined with singing, notation and composing.

  • The nuts and bolts of melody

Students learn keyboard skills and continue singing project work based upon scales and develop their notation skills further to look at the pitch of notes as well as the duration.

  • Composing weather music

Students combine their knowledge of rhythm and melodies to create compositions based upon the weather and study some of the ‘classical’ composers who have created weather music.

  • Reggae

This unit travels to the Caribbean to look at the development of Reggae from its early roots in Mento and Calypso to its development into popular music today. Performance is the main feature of this unit with singing and instrumental work.

Year 8

  • Blues

Students learn about the culture of Blues music as well as how to play a walking bass, chords and the skill of improvisation.

  • Gamelan

In this unit Indonesian musical instruments, playing techniques and scales are all taught and used in both performance and composition work.

  • Tribal Music

The main focus of this unit is on developing composition skills and students’ abilities to use their knowledge of melody and rhythm to create group compositions in the style of tribal music.

  • African Drumming and polyrhythms

Students learn about the culture of West African music as well as djembe drum techniques and polyrhythms.

Year 9

  • Samba

The traditional carnival music of Brazil is studied in this unit. Students use percussion instruments and develop their rhythmical skills whilst working together and developing leadership skills.

  • Film Music

Students study how film music composers use cue sheets and specific timings to create their music. They then compose their own work in groups to fit a James Bond film trailer.

  • Junk music

Using groups such as Stomp and Weapons of Sound as an influence students use everyday kitchen implements to create their own compositions and learn about alternative ways of creating music.

  • Popular Music

Pupils choose an area of popular music that they are interested in and create a performance of a song or piece of music that they have chosen.