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Mr A Betts, Mr J MacRae

Creative Arts Faculty Leader: Mr A Betts

Key Stage 3

Throughout Year 7, 8 and 9, students learn and apply three key areas of knowledge:





The knowledge taught in each year is as follows:


Year 7: Read, Write, Play

  • Note Durations
  • Time Signatures
  • Tempo
  • Notes in the Treble Clef
  • Key Composers: Bach, Mozart, Tchaikovsky
  • Dynamics
  • Tonality
  • Chords/Triads


Year 8: British Rock

  • Timeline of British Rock Bands
    • The Who, The Beatles, Black Sabbath, Pink Floyd, The Sex Pistols, Queen, Oasis, Coldplay, Busted, The Vaccines
  • Key Features of Rock Music
  • Traditional Rock Line-up
  • Song Structure
  • Vocal Techniques
  • Use of Technology
  • Guitar FX
  • Changing Tempo
  • Changing Dynamics


Year 9: The Blues

  • Work Songs
  • The Blues
  • Rock ‘n’ Roll


Year 9: Film Music

  • Leitmotif
  • Diegetic Music
  • Key Composers: John Williams, Hans Zimmer and Bernard Herrmann
  • Using the Elements of Music to Describe Mood



Assessment at Key Stage Three


Students will experience one Knowledge Week in Year 7, one in Year 8 and two in Year 9. They will be assessed on their understanding of the key knowledge and their practical application of it. The understanding accounts for 50% of their grades and the practical application accounts for the other 50%.



Key Stage 4

GCSE Music (OCR)

 Performing (30%)

  • Students will submit two performances: one solo and one ensemble.


Composing (30%)

  • Students will compose two pieces of music: one to a set brief and one 'free' composition.


Written Exam (40%)

  • The written exam covers a broad selection of music across four areas of study:
    • The Concerto Through Time
    • Rhythms of the World
    • Film Music
    • Conventions of Pop




RockSchool Music (RSL VQ)

Students are assessed on their knowledge and skills linked to the popular music industry. They will complete three assessments:

  • Performance (40%)
  • Composition (40%)

Presentation comparing two different popular styles (20%)

Useful websites

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GCSE Specification

Our Department Website

Possible areas of future Studies

A-Level Music

A-Level Music Technology

BTEC Music Performance

Possible future careers

Jobs directly related to music include:

  • Musician
  • Music Therapist
  • Peripatetic Music Tutor
  • Secondary School Teacher
  • Session Musician
  • Composer
  • Sound Technician
  • Arranger
  • Copyist


Jobs indirectly related to music include:

  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Community arts worker
  • Events manager
  • PPC specialist
  • Radio broadcast assistant
  • Radio producer
  • Theatre stage manager