Overview of KS3 Music

In music at KS3, students are introduced to a wide range of music skills which focus on performing, listening, composing and evaluating.


Year 7

In Year 7, students focus on developing an understanding of core musical concepts including rhythm, notation and pitch awareness. These skills are developed alongside a practical development of keyboard skills. Pupils also study music of the medieval period and the music of Egypt, developing their skills on drums, recorders and on keyboards.


Year 8

In Year 8, students focus on developing composition and performance skills. Throughout the year, pupils study music from around the world and across time. Pupils develop their skills in composition in context with the music of Africa and Programmatic music. Pupils are also given the opportunity to develop their instrumental techniques on the ukulele in advance of music at KS4 level. The opportunity to explore the use of technology in music is also given to pupils throughout the year in order to gain an insight into music industry practices beyond the role of composer and performer.


Music Topic 1 Topic 2 Topic 3 Topic 4 Topic 5 Topic 6
  ½ Term 1 ½ Term 2 ½ Term 3 ½ Term 4 ½ Term 5 ½ Term 6
Year 7


Introduction to music.


Keyboard Skills in context with orchestral timbres.




Introduction to music.



Keyboard Skills in context with orchestral timbres.


How was music performed in Medieval Europe?


How is music performed in Egypt?


Year 8


What is the purpose of music in Western Africa?


Night Music: How can music be employed in film and TV?


What is Reggae music?


How is technology used in music?



What is improvisation?


Developing Ukulele skills







Overview of KS4 Music

RSL Level 2 Certificate in Performance for Music Practitioners

Why study RSL?

Music RSL is a development of music at KS3 and a stepping stone for further study at KS5 (college, sixth form etc.)

So, by studying performance, you will …

Unit 1 Unit 2 Unit 3
Music Rehearsal Skills Instrumental Study Live Music Performance
Rehearse as a soloist and/or group, setting and reviewing targets for improvement Develop performing ability through skills & techniques on a chosen instrument/voice. Perform in a live music event for 10-15 minutes in front of an audience





Extra Qualification: ABRSM Grade 5 Music Theory

Why take grade 5 music theory?


Grade 5 theory is a development on theoretical concepts studied briefly at KS3 level. The course is for those seeking to develop their academic music skills which is a highly desirable/ compulsory prerequisite sixth-forms recommend. This course is a level 2 QCF equivalent course which means UCAS points can be obtained for those thinking about studying music at university level.


What will you study?



Extra-Curricular music


The Music department is committed to driving forwards the standard of musicianship within the academy and also fully shares the vision and ethos of the Academy in its mission to strive for excellence. As such we currently offer instrument lessons in Piano, Voice, Percussion, Guitar and Woodwind. Pupils in recipient of these lessons have the opportunity to participate in a range of extra-curricular ensembles including;

Ensembles work towards contributing in the end of term concerts which are highlights for the music department’s academic year. We also provide performances for open evenings and celebration events so we are always very busy!!



Mr S. Bocock- Teacher of Music

Mr R. Booker- Instrument tutor of Percussion, Guitar and Piano

Miss E. Martin- Instrument tutor of Voice, Woodwind and Piano