In Year 7, pupils learn the basics of music theory, discovering how music is notated and learning about the elements (building blocks) of music. They learn how to play pieces on the keyboard, and have opportunities to establish their skills in African drumming, singing and the ukulele.
In Year 8, pupils build on the knowledge and skills they learned in the previous year. They revisit keyboard performance, learn about blues music, and write their own melodic compositions. They also have opportunities to perform pop songs in small ensembles, try out Samba drumming, and gain foundational skills in music technology.
In Year 9, pupils focus on solo performance, ensemble performance and music technology, as well as exploring topics such as film music or popular music genres. There is more freedom for pupils to specialise in particular interests (e.g. bringing in their own guitar music), and pupils can create work of a higher standard with the skills they have gained in Years 7 and 8. During this year, some pupils will choose to carry on the subject at GCSE.
Years 10 & 11
There are two musical options for pupils to choose from at Key Stage 4 - GCSE Music and NCFE Music Technology. GCSE Music is most suited for pupils who wish to follow a traditional course in music, and the NCFE course is better for pupils who prefer to focus on musical technology and recording ... but keen pupils can choose both! Find out more about the options available at Key Stage 4 here.
Years 12 & 13
Pupils who particularly enjoyed GCSE Music often go on to take A Level Music, and likewise keen NCFE students will choose to study A Level Music Technology. Both of these courses build on the skills learned at Key Stage 4, and provide an excellent grounding for university study or industry placements (whether within music or in other fields). Find out more about the options available at Key Stage 5 here.