Year 7 Content:

  • Introduction to rhythm; minims crotchets and quavers
  • Rhythmic Composition using Djembe drums and claves
  • Introduction to notation (3 lined notation G – D)
  • Listening – instrument recognition
  • Individual and Ensemble Performance on keyboard and xylophone
  • Listening – form (how to recognise a pop song structure)
  • Composition on keyboard.


Year 8 Content:

  • Introduction to Blues
  • Improvising using Pentatonic scale on Xylophones
  • Improvising using Blues Scale on Keyboard
  • Aural recognition of Primary triads
  • Introduction to Dance music
  • Composition using Dance Ejay
  • Full notation (traditional staff notation E – E)
  • Performance of current Dance hit
  • Introduction to Rock band instruments:
  • Drums (technique and drum TAB)
  • Bass Guitar (technique and bass TAB)
  • Guitar – electric and acoustic (technique and TAB)
  • Keyboard and Vocals (2 handed chords)
  • Composition – Songwriting
  • Notation – further developed
  • Aural recognition of melodic and rhythmic phrases
  • Additional work on Guitar and drums.


Year 9

  • Individual performance on rock band instrument of choice
  • Ensemble performance in rock band
  • Performance of several pop songs:
  • Get Back – Beatles
  • Use somebody – Kings of Leon
  • Chasing Cars – Snow Patrol
  • One way or another – Blondie/One direction
  • Budapest – George Ezra
  • Composition using Soundation software
  • Listening – GCSE style questions
  • Aural recognition of chord progressions and melodies
  • Compose and perform their own song to end KS3.


Pupils are encouraged to develop their musical skills in a variety of ways.  All musicians can participate in any of our large ensembles such as Swing Band, Orchestra and Band. There is also a Community Band and Orchestra after school on Wednesdays for primary pupils. Several pupils form their own bands and rehearse at lunchtime or after school.

Many pupils continue with Music in KS4 studying for a GCSE or a Btec qualification.