As a subject in its own right, Music builds confidence, persistence and expression.
Students start off having the opportunity to try out numerous instruments during which often leads to students taking up private instrumental lessons with one of our peripatetic teachers. This then leads onto further knowledge and experience in music performance, analysis, production and composition. Music is about mastering a chosen instrument and developing the ability and confidence to be able to perform and compose for a variety of situations. It is also about learning how to use musical terminology to analyse and describe music from all genres
Students receive two Music lessons per fortnight.
Students develop integrated skills in performing, composing and listening through a variety of topics. Activities in Key Stage 3 include: recognising and practising traditional notation, world music styles, composing for film, music and the media, rehearsing an ensemble and working within the music industry. All topics are designed to prepare students for potential extended study at Key Stage 4.
Students should expect to receive a variety of homework related to each unit of work. These are available on Show My Homework and may include regular keyword and spelling/definition tests, revision or practice activities for unit assessments/performances and/or research-based project tasks.
Music BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice.
Students follow the Pearson Edexcel Music BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice.
The L2 BTEC Tech Award in Music Practice is a practical introduction to life and work in the industry.
Students can explore the sector whilst developing skills including teamwork, leadership and communication.
Students are expected to develop and present music to a brief and analyse, evaluate and adapt their work to create the best possible
musical outcome through the study of 3 components:
Students will explore different styles of music, take part in practical workshops, understand the music creation process and learn about different roles within the music industry.
Students will reflect on their progress, apply new skills to performance or composition of original material.
Students will prepare and present a final music product or performance/recital and review/analyse their work
Skills and Progression Routes
- Playing an instrument or singing with some experience at performing in front of an audience
- Having a good independent working ethic and effective time management
- Working well as part of a team
Some suggested progression routes and career opportunities this subject support include:
- Session Musician
- Music Editor
- Recording Artist
- Music Journalist