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music curriculum intent.pdf


Staff Members

Mr M Bridges

Creative Arts Head of Faculty: Mr J Revell

Prior Learning

At KS1 and 2 the aim was for students to:

  • Play and perform in solo and ensemble contexts, using their voices and playing musical instruments with increasing accuracy, fluency, control and expression
  • Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the interrelated dimensions of music
  • Listen with attention to detail and recall sounds with increasing aural memory
  • Use and understand staff and other musical notations
  • Appreciate and understand a wide range of high-quality live and recorded music drawn from different traditions and from great composers and musicians develop an understanding of the history of music
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 Autumn: African Drumming

  • Drumming techniques
  • Reading/composing rhythms
  • Group performance


Year 7 Spring: Western Classical Music

  • Pitch
  • Metre
  • Instrumentation
  • Piano Skills


Year 7 Summer: Songwriting

  • Composition skills
  • Chord progressions
  • Melody composition


Year 8 Autumn: Musical Theatre

  • Careers in musical theatre
  • Compound time
  • Reading music


Year 8 Spring: Western Classical Music

  • Intro to DAWs
  • Remixes
  • Ground Bass


Year 8 Summer: Songwriting

  • Lyrics
  • Structure
  • Drum Skills


Year 9 Autumn: Blues

  • 12 bar blues
  • history/context
  • Walking bassline


Year 9 Spring: Video Game Music

  • Hit points
  • SFX
  • DAW skills


Year 9 Summer: Musical Taskmaster

  • Responding to briefs
  • Consolidating knowledge from KS3
  • Teamwork


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%.


Music Long Term Plans - KS3 

Key Stage 4

Pearson BTEC Level 1/Level 2 Tech Award in Music Practice


Component 1 (30%) : Exploring Music Products and Styles

  • Learners will explore the techniques used in the creation of different musical products and investigate the key features of different musical styles.

Component 2 (30%): Music Skills Development

  • Learners will have the opportunity to develop two musical disciplines through engagement in practical tasks, while documenting their progress and planning for further improvement.

Component 3 (40%): Responding to a Music Brief

  • Learners will be given the opportunity to develop and present music in response to a given music brief.


The course gives learners an opportunity to explore music in a practical setting and to develop understanding of the techniques used to create and realise music. They will explore a variety of musical styles and the musical theory and techniques that underpin them and develop technical and practical skills through workshops and classes. In addition, learners will develop transferable and employability skills such as responding to a brief, self-development, planning, time management and communication. 


Music Long Term Plans - KS4

Useful websites

and resources

Year 10:  https://padlet.com/mbridges32/7uqaftnak5bgaqve

Year 11:  https://padlet.com/mbridges32/5wlu4bcod3naggjx


BTEC Specification 

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