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Current Teaching Staff:
Mrs N Hagland - Head of Department

Curriculum Intent:
To develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively and creatively as musicians, fostering a love of playing and appreciating a wide range of music.

Subject Overview

Music is taught to all students in Key Stage Three. As a performing art, a great deal of emphasis is placed on the practical aspects but these skills are underpinned by knowledge about the subject. Activities in lessons include composing, performing, arranging, vocal and instrumental improvisation, listening and appraising.  This approach continues at Key Stage Four.

Many girls learn a musical instrument in lessons given by specialist teachers and everyone is encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra curricular clubs, including the school orchestra, choirs, the marching band, and jazz band which take place in lunchtimes.

Many students learn a musical instrument in private lessons delivered by specialist teachers. All students are encouraged to participate in a wide variety of extra curricular clubs, including the school orchestra, choirs and smaller chamber ensembles. There are regular performance opportunities both in and out of school, including our annual Carol Service, Summer Concert and inter-house opportunities such as the Year 7 Concert and the House Music competition.


Self-reflection and evaluation process, reflecting on personal musical preferences, confidence-building through performance, effective discussion around team work and respectful expectations of audiences, music groups that mix year groups and vary social interactions, tolerance and respect shown through mixed ability groups, historical music eras and other cultural events explored (e.g. Black History Month).

British Values

Composition tasks allowing students to develop independence, think for themselves, and make their own choices based on personal preference – understanding that this will not be everyone else’s interest/taste. Teaching the rule of law through playing games with rules. Celebrating a range of calendar events to teach tolerance and mutual respect. Covering controversial topics like the slave trade when looking at the blues.


Reading traditional notation.


Key music terminology.


Trips to see working musicians in professional orchestra.

Character skills

Lead learner roles within music – those who are experienced musicians are used to demonstrate and share expertise within the classroom. Sixth form students who are active within the music department often lead music groups.

Group performance and composition activities, as well as mixed ability/year group ensembles provide team building skills. Performance opportunities allow students to develop self-esteem and confidence.

The curriculum covers a wide range of musical styles, encouraging students to work creatively through challenging material. Aural skills are developed through listening and appraising a variety of pieces of music.

Music Career Guide

Music Skills Poster

Where can Music take you?