Key Stage 3 Music

During Key Stage 3 Music, students develop their musicianship through the study of a wide variety of musical styles from 1600 to present day.  This study incorporates the inter-related disciplines of performing, composing, listening and appraising music.  In class, every student will sing regularly as well as have the opportunity to learn the ukulele, guitar and piano alongside using their own instruments if they choose to play one.  During the course of Years 7 and 8, students will be taught how to use some music technology software.  

Year 7

In Year 7 students study three main topics: an Introduction to the Musical Elements, Baroque and Tonality and Folk Music.  Students learn how to perform expressively and will rehearse and perform in the Carol Service and Whole College Production.

Year 8

In Year 8 students work on various topics which include: Reggae, Ragtime and the 12 Bar Blues, Beethoven and the Symphony and World Music. 

Year 9

In Year 9 students focus on their preferred instrument and learn the necessary skills to access the new GCSE (9-1) Music curriculum.   Topics studied include: music for stage and screen, arrangements alongside a variety of vocal and instrumental music.


Homework is set occasionally during Years 7 and 8 in order for students to be ready for internal and external performances.   Students who sing and play in school ensembles are expected to practise regularly.  In Years 9-11 students must regularly practise their instrument(s) alongside completing other homework tasks.


To be a rounded musician, students are encouraged to take part in extra-curricular activities.  The various choirs (girls/boys/Chapel) and Whole College Orchestra rehearse every week from 0820-0855.  Smaller ensembles, such as violin trio, rehearse at lunchtime and other enrichment opportunities including the Worship Band and Grade 5 Theory Club take place after school.  Private instrumental lessons are available and are provided from a range of professional musicians.  These largely take place during the school day on a rotated timetable.  These lessons are by arrangement directly with the instrumental teachers.

Spiritual, Moral, Social & Cultural Development

A wide variety of musical experiences are available from positions on the College Arts Council, to participation in workshops from a variety of professional musicians.  Students can perform in Acts of Worship, informal concerts and take part in inter-House Music.  All class music lessons encourage students to develop their attitude, enthusiasm and ability to contribute to groups as well as a general sense of responsibility.

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