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
  • Composing
  • 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
  • Blues
  • History of Popular Music
  • Band on the wall – group work in bands
  • Disco
  • Self-organised project work

GCSE Music is studied across three years.

Pupils will follow the AQA specification GCSE course for music and the course code is 8271.

There are three main components of the course (with weighting of marks):

  • Component 1: Understanding music (40%) – this will be a 1hr30min listening exam at the end of the course.
  • Component 2: Performing music (30%) – 1 solo performance and 1 group performance lasting at least 4 minutes combined.
  • Component 3: Composing music (30%) – 1 free composition and 1 composition to a given brief lasting at least  3 minutes combined.

Year 9

Students would develop their understanding of music theory through short tasks within the elements of music. There will also be a focus on developing pupils’ performance ability to that of which is expected on a GCSE course. Plenty of opportunities will be given to compose music as well as perform both in solo and group context.

Pupils will explore the elements in the following units:

  • Rhythm & Metre
  • Harmony & Tonality
  • Texture & Melody
  • Timbre & Dynamics
  • Structure & Form

Year 10

Contextual tasks

Pupils will explore the three components of the course via contextual studies of different musical styles, periods and conventions.

The units studied include:-

  • Loops, riffs and ostinati
  • Sequences
  • Texture
  • Metre
  • Phrasing melodies
  • Sonority & Timbre

Year 11

  • Controlled assessment coursework.
  • Pupils will complete the coursework to be submitted for the course.
  • No exam coursework can be completed before year 11.
  • Exam practise for unfamiliar listening and study pieces.

Please contact Mrs Shaw on 01942 767040 to discuss anything further regarding our school curriculum.

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