Academic Information



  • To develop each pupils’ musical ability
  • To stimulate and develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through active involvement in performing, composing and listening
  • To increase pupils’ confidence and promote a positive attitude towards music
  • To provide an opportunity for pupils to extend their musical ability through other extra-curricular activities


Mrs S Baird
Mrs K Brown

Key Stage 3

Year 8

  • Instruments of the Orchestra - pupils will develop an understanding of the instruments in the orchestra
  • Building Bricks - pupils will learn to recognize musical terms such as dynamics, duration, tempo, timbre

Year 9

  • Time Keeping – pupils will learn the meaning of beat & pulse
  • Introduction to DJing - pupils will learn about the job role of a DJ, the work involved, the skills required and the equipment used
  • World Music – pupils will develop a knowledge of the instruments and musical culture of China and Africa

Year 10

  • Dance Music - pupils will gain a knowledge of dance music through a variety of listening, composing and performing activities
  • Film Music - pupils will learn about the concepts relating to Film music

Key Stage 4

NCFE Level 2 Certificate in Performance Skills Using Music

  • Unit 1: Develop Technique for Performance - this unit provides an opportunity to develop the practice skills required for DJing
  • Unit 2: Rehearse and Perform - this unit develops the understanding and effectiveness of rehearsal processes and performance skills and discipline
  • Unit 3: Solo musical performance - this unit focuses on enabling the learner to develop some of the specific skills required by a solo musician

Each pupil is required to create a portfolio of evidence, which demonstrates achievement of all learning outcomes associated with each unit.

Each unit of the qualification is graded using a structure of Pass or Fail.

Skills Developed

  • Analytical skills
  • Communication skills
  • Confidence
  • Creativity
  • Decision-making
  • Flexibility
  • ICT skills
  • Managing information
  • Problem solving
  • Self- Management
  • Working with Others


  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Music Journalist
  • Music Promoter
  • Music Publisher
  • Radio Presenter
  • ICT-related jobs
  • Video Game Designer
  • Club Manager
  • Social Media Marketer
  • Sound/Lights Technician
  • Cover Art Designer
  • Studio Management
  • Stage Management
  • MIDI Programmer

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