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Head of Department: Mr T Joris

Teacher: Mr D Podesta and Mrs D King

The Music Department is extremely busy throughout the year. With an amazing recording studio and two large PC labs running Sibelius 6 and Cubase 7.5, as well as a variety of practice rooms, our students are able to spend time in and out of class performing, composing and recording music. Pupils are encouraged to participate in extra-curricular clubs including soul band, drumming ensemble, choir, orchestra, and various rock bands. We have a wide variety of ensembles and many students also create their own bands that are featured in a number of concerts each year. We also offer an annual Music residential trip to Years 7-9 and a bi-annual Music tour abroad. Individual tuition is available on a number of instruments.

At A Level we offer Music Technology.

Co-curricular Activities

Junior Pops Orchestra, Senior Pops Orchestra, Rock School, African drumming, Soul Band, Brass Ensemble, Guitar club, Contemporary vocal ensemble, GCSE help.

My goal is not to be better than anyone else, but to be better than I used to be. (Dr Wayne W. Dyer)

Students from Years 8-13 perform around Lake Garda and Verona on our summer tour to Italy.

Years 7, 8 and 9

Year 7:  Musicals – includes singing, keyboard skills, introduction to notation, aural skills.

Instruments of the orchestra – how instruments are grouped, critical analysis of classical music and basic theory.

Latin beat – includes contextual features of Andes music, instruments of the Andes, ukulele skills.

Folk Music – includes recognising folk by its features, distinguishing between different modes and scales and an introduction to chords.

Year 8: African drumming – includes ensemble improvisation on djembes, rhythm, dynamics and comparison of musical styles in Africa.

Blues music – includes melody, improvisation, chords, walking bass and an introduction to cubase.

Reggae music – includes group ensemble performance of ‘3 little birds’, bass clef notation.

Musical futures – includes performance skills, venues, careers in music, ensemble skills.

Year 9: Rock and Club dance music - includes Lalala remix using Cubase 7.5, rock band ensemble.

Film music – includes performing theme tunes from films, composing music to a Dr Who scene. Music and war – includes the study of bugle calls, protest songs, motivational songs and a military composition.

Link to national curriculum page:

The above topics are all designed to fit within the framework of the KS3 National Curriculum in Music.

GCSE: Years 10 and 11

GCSE Course Content

Year 10 Curriculum Outline:

  • Composition skills
  • Introduction to areas of study: Musical Forms and Devices, Music for Ensembles, Film Music and Popular Music
  • Ensemble performance skills
  • Music theory
  • Core listening skills and vocabulary

Year 11 Curriculum Outline:

  • Advanced composition skills
  • Revision of all areas of study
  • Advanced listening skills and vocabulary
  • Solo performance skills
  • Exam skills and revision

Exam Board: Eduqas

Link to specification:

A Levels: Years 12 and 13

Music Technology

Qualifications needed: It is helpful if candidates play an instrument, have basic keyboard skills and do some music production in their spare time, though performing itself is not marked.  Enthusiasm for listening to and creating popular music using relevant technologies is a must.

Course content: This practical course will further develop performing, listening and composition skills using music technology to capture, edit and produce musical outcomes. This will include setting up microphones and monitoring sound, arranging and composing music using Cubase. Students will also study popular music from 1910 to the present day identifying relevant technological aspects.




A2 Level




Recording: Production tools and techniques to capture,

edit, process and mix an audio recording.



Composition: Creating, editing, manipulating and structuring

sounds to produce a technology-based composition.



Listening and Analysing: 1 hour 30 min listening examination



Producing and Analysing
2 hours 15 mins examination on music production


Exam Board: Edexcel

Link to Specification

Careers Educations

Careers Education

  • The Department has a successful track record of students proceeding to study Music and Music Technology at a number of high profile Universities and Music Colleges.
  • The Department provides specific guidance to students applying for Music and develops important skills outside of the classroom through our extra-curricular programme.
  • The Department also has a number of industry contacts who are able to provide careers advice to students.

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