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The aim of the Department is to make music available to all students at the school and to foster a life-long interest in music-making, by encouraging active participation at all levels.

All students in Years 7 and 8 receive weekly class lessons as part of the curriculum. Work covers singing, listening, percussion and keyboard skills, improvising, composing and theory. At Year 9 students can opt to follow a GCSE course and beyond that to AS and A2 Levels.

There are many exciting opportunities to take part in ensembles and concerts, both in school, locally, nationally and even abroad!

Please do not hesitate to contact me at the school if you would like any further information. To keep up to date with even more Music Department news and views, follow POLYPHONY - the music department blog.

- Mr House, Director of Music


The Music Centre includes a main classroom, recital room, recording/technology room, office, instrument store and six practice rooms. This enables the structure of classwork to be flexible, assisting group improvisation and composition, as well as individual private practice.

There is a team of 12 visiting teachers who provide tuition in most woodwind, brass and string instruments, as well as the guitar and voice. These lessons occur in school time but are arranged in addition to the main curriculum and are charged for separately.

Lower Years Music

The Key Stage 3 curriculum will involve the following:


 Year 7

Year 8 


The world of music

Instruments of the Orchestra 

Rhythm and Riffs

Song for Christmas



Chinese music

Music for the stage

12-bar Blues


Folk music

Art & music

Film music

Cover versions

Middle Years (Y9-11) Music

The middle years curriculum will involve the following:


 Year 9

Year 10 

Year 11


Musical forms and devices 1 – structure and variations

Music for ensemble 1 – chamber music


Set work – Since you’ve been gone [practical exploration]

Film music 2 – creating an atmosphere


Composition brief released

Preparation of performances and compositions

Appraising mock examination


Set work – Eine kleine Nachtmusik : Mozart [practical exploration]

Film music 1 – theme tunes

Music for ensemble 2 - musical theatre, jazz and blues

Popular music 2 - Fusion

Preparation of performances and compositions

Regular appraising revision


Popular music 1 – rock, pop and bhangra

Musical forms and devices 2 – Baroque, Classical, Romantic

Individual performing and composing

Internal appraising examination

NEA Work uploaded to Eduqas

Appraising examination

Upper Years Music

The upper years curriculum will involve the following:


 Year 12

Year 13


First performances (two minutes)

Score reading – piano, string quartet, symphony

Harmony – triads, extended harmony and chromatic chords

Composing – individual work, use of Diminished 7ths and cadences, Beethoven ending

Sonata Form – examples from symphonies [Haydn ‘London’]

Figured Bass

Rehearse for final recital (ten minutes)

Composition brief released – ideas, planning and drafting

Preparation for ABRSM Gd8 Theory

Descriptive answers

Independent work on own Area of Study

Ongoing revision and listening work


Longer performances (four minutes)

Piano piece completion

Melody writing

Harmonic analysis

Orchestral score knowledge

Mendelssohn ‘Italian’ symphony study

Individual composing

Choice of own Area of Study

Rehearse for and give final recital

Second composition produced (three minutes +)

Independent work on own Area of Study

Ongoing revision and listening work

Final preparation of compositions for submission


Planning of final recital

Full composition produced (three minutes +)

Development of Symphony

Preparation for final
Appraising examination

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