quaver-outline“Music is … A higher revelation than all Wisdom & Philosophy” – Ludwig Van Beethoven.

We all know how music affects our feelings and energy levels! Without even thinking about it we use music to create desired moods – to make us happy, to energise, to bring back powerful memories and to help us relax and focus.


Music helps us –

Focus concentration

Increase attention

Improve memory

Release tension

Enhance imagination

Provide inspiration and motivation

Create a desired atmosphere

Music is a powerful tool for our personal expression within our daily lives and helps us ‘set the scene’ for many important experiences.

Subject Key Aims

Listening and Appraising

Performing- solo and ensemble


Building confidence

Teamwork skills

Curriculum Overview

Year 7


Elements of Music

Rhythm and Metre

Melody and Harmony

Instruments of the Orchestra

Caribbean Music

Gamelan Music

Year 8


Samba Music of Brazil


History of Popular Music

Band on the wall – group work in bands


Self-organised project work

Year 9 Mini Option

Pupils are currently studying the GCSE course in year 9.

Year 10 and 11 GCSE – AQA


Listening to and Appraising



Pupils will explore the five Areas of Study:

AoS 1 – Rhythm & Metre

AoS2 – Harmony & Tonality

AoS3 – Texture & Melody

AoS4 – Timbre & Dynamics

AoS5 – Structure & Form

These will be explored though the three strands:

The Western Classical Tradition

Popular Music of the 20th and 21st centuries

World Music

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