Department Staff

Mrs H Lyon                      Subject Leader for Music and Music Technology (maternity)

Mr J Pemberton               Acting Subject Leader for Music and Music Technology

Introduction to Key Stage 3 Music

Students at Key Stage 3 study a wide variety of music to develop their skills in listening, composition and performance; several schemes are also ICT based and develop skills in music technology. Schemes of work aim to develop their skills in reading musical notation, both stave and tab and students have the opportunity to perform on a number of instruments including keyboards, guitars and percussion.

Students develop their independent learning skills through working on composition tasks but they also regularly work as part of a group to create a final performance. The department is well resourced and students have the opportunity outside of lessons to make use of this, booking band rooms to use at lunch times.

Peripatetic lessons are offered to students in all years. Lessons are offered in brass, woodwind, strings, piano or keyboard, guitar, bass and drums. Students are able to hire instruments for woodwind, brass and strings through the school or buy them using the assisted purchasing scheme.

Topics students will study

Year 7

  • African Music
  • Medieval Music
  • Instruments of the Orchestra
  • Stand by Me
  • Sound-scapes 
  • Structure

Year 8

  • Blues
  • Film Music
  • Song-writing
  • Band Skills
  • Reggae

Year 9

  • Film Music
  • Band Skills
  • Samba
  • Minimalism 
  • Free topic during the summer term (composition or performance based)

How you will be assessed

Students are assessed and given a National Curriculum level at the end of each topic (5-6 times a year); the assessments are accompanied by written feedback from the teacher.

Students also complete self and peer assessment throughout lessons and at the end of each topic. Most assessments are performance based and these are recorded for evidence.

Students are set homework every two weeks throughout Key Stage 3. Some of these tasks are set as mini-projects to be completed over a longer period of time.

Extra-curricular activities and educational visits

The department runs a number of clubs and ensembles. Concerts are held each term to showcase the talents of our students. We also aim to hold a whole school production every two years and students are invited to audition for parts in these productions.


Musical Theatre Group

Guitar Group

Year 7 and 8 Rock School


Jazz Band


Worship Band

Students are also able to book band rooms at lunch times.

This year we are also planning a weekend residential trip for students who are members of our ensembles. This will take place at Alston Hall in April. This will be an opportunity for the students to take part in intensive rehearsals followed by a concert for parents on the Sunday. Details will be confirmed later in the term.


Summer Concert Part 1

Summer Concert Part 2



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