KS3 Music

In KS3, we aim to present pupils with the building blocks of music to enable them to develop their performance, composition and listening skills further.

We cover a range of topics building skills in Pitch and Rhythm through World Music, Keyboard Skills (Rock School) and Popular Music.

Schemes of work include:

  • African Drumming
  • Music for Stage and Screen
  • Gamelan
  • Rap
  • Rock School Keyboard

Music is a practical subject and so lessons are practically based. We believe that musical concepts and theory should be introduced through practical application.
Through the study of such a wide range of topics, we aim to engage all students regardless of their background or musical taste.


KS4 Music


GCSE Music is made up from three sections: composing, performing and listening. The work is built around four areas of study. These are:-

  • Western Classical music 1600-1899
  • Vocal Music
  • Music For Stage and Screen
  • Fusion

How will pupils be assessed?


Performance 30%

Solo Performance (15%)

  • At the end of the course you will perform a solo piece of your choice on an instrument of your choice.

Ensemble Performance (15%)

  • Again you have a free choice as to the piece and the instrument.  An ensemble means two or more performers playing together.  A solo with a piano accompaniment does not count as an ensemble.

Composition 30%

  • At the end of the course you must submit two compositions.  One is set by the examination board and must fit a brief. The other is a free composition.  During the course you will complete many compositions to develop your composition skills and enhance your knowledge of the set works.

Listening (40%)

  • At the end of the course you will be entered for a listening examination set by the board.   In section A, questions will be based on the set works relating to the areas of study. In section B, you will answer a more in-depth question comparing a set work with an unseen piece. You will be assessed on the quality of your written communication.


Further information

 As senior musicians in the school, GCSE students are expected to support the department by attending rehearsals for at least one of the extra-curricular activities.

Every Tuesday from 3.10, we are available to support you in your GCSE work. It is up to you how long you stay and what you do. Attendance is voluntary, but highly recommended.



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