Welcome to Music

Year 7

  • Key Topics Singing, Instruments, keyboards and computers and performing
  • Important Skills in this subject Listening and team work
  • Helpful Websites/resources You Tube How
  • Parents/carers can help Encourage singing and listening to all kinds of music

The main focus of Year 7 is to develop singing skills including harmony singing and the ability to pitch in their heads. All students sing a great range of music and have the opportunity to join in with a concert in the first term.

They also play African rhythms on a range of percussion instruments and develop basic keyboard and computer skills to enable good use of these instruments in the future. Students have the chance to try many instruments and learn about the ways sound is produced and varying tone qualities of strings, brass, woodwind and percussion. In the summer term students begin to develop composition skills.

All projects involve listening to different excerpts of music.

Written work is minimal and mostly takes the form of learning about music notation.

Year 8

Students learn about how music is structured. We listen to a variety of music including Mozart’s ‘Clarinet Quintet’, music for films, Folk Songs and Chinese/Japanese music. Composition skills are developed throughout the year in various group compositions. Students are always required to perform their work and listen constructively.

Year 9

The work is project-based, with the students learning about certain subjects by means of listening to pieces, performing them and composing their own versions. Projects include, ’Rock and Pop’, ‘Musicals’ and ’Jazz and Blues’.

There is an emphasis on learning the language of Music – understanding technical terms and being able to use these appropriately. They work in small groups helping each other and pulling together as a team.

Year 10 and 11

Course Content

  • You will listen to and learn about many different styles of music including Classical, World and Pop music.
  • There are set works we have to study and it helps to have an open mind.
  • You will compose your own music and choose your best two pieces for the exam.
  • You will perform one solo piece of your choice and one ensemble performance. These can be in any style you choose.

Homework expectations

  • Students will often be practising for a performance as homework.
  • Occasionally a listening assignment will be set.


  • The listening knowledge is assessed in a written exam at the end of the course worth 40% of the overall mark.
  • The 2 compositions submitted are worth 30% of the overall mark.
  • The solo and ensemble performances together are worth 30% of the overall mark.




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