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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 music notation alongside a practical development of keyboard skills. This is followed by exploring different styles of music from around the world which includes Africa, Brazil and Jamaica. Finally, students are introduced to music technology where they have the opportunity to use GarageBand to compose their own pieces of music for an advert.

Year 8

In Year 8, students focus on developing instrumental and performance skills. This is where instruments such as guitar, ukulele, drums and bass guitar are taught, as well as developing singing skills. Students later look into the history of popular music since 1960, learning how to play well know iconic songs through the decades. Finally, students explore blues music where different aspects of the blues are combined as part of a music technology project using GarageBand.

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 Keyboard Skills

(1)

Keyboard Skills

(2)

Around the World

(1)

Around the World

(2)

Music & Advertising

(1)

Music & Advertising

(2)

Year 8 Band Skills

(1)

Band Skills

(2)

Pop Music

(1)

Pop Music

(2)

Blues

(1)

Blues

(2)

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 …

  • Develop your practical and performance ability – become a better musician!
  • Develop your understanding and appreciation of different musical genres and your critical and creative thinking.
  • Improve your confidence – you’ll gain self-confidence through performance and rehearsal. 
  • Improve your independence through rehearsal.
  • Improve your teamwork through performing with others.

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.

RSL Level 2 Certificate in Technology 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 technology, you will …

  • Develop your skills in music technology and music production
  • Develop your understanding and appreciation of different musical genres, and your critical and creative thinking. 
  • Improve your creativity and imagination using a Digital Audio Workstation. 
  • Improve your independence through the setup and recording of live performers.
  • Improve your teamwork through alongside other musicians.

Unit 1

Unit 2

Unit 3

Using a DAW (Digital Audio Workstation) Using a keyboard with a DAW Live Sound Recording

Demonstrate the main features and functions of GarageBand.

Set up and record with a MIDI keyboard in GarageBand.

Set up and record a live ensemble music performance.

SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

Within Music students learn about the cultural context of a wide variety of different music styles, including British and European classical music, as well as contemporary music genres which reflect modern, multicultural Britain, including rap, R&B, and how music can be used to promote diversity and tolerance.

Students also learn the cultural background in which certain music styles became popular, including reggae, and how this was used as an agent for social change. Students also develop their social skills by working together as a band, by demonstrating effective team work. Students learn to appreciate how music and be used in a therapeutic way, and how music plays an important part in symbolic, spiritual and religious events.


Music Staff


Mr B Nota
Head of Performing Arts


Miss A Forshaw
Teacher of Subjects: Music

Mr D Howlett-Wright
Teacher of Subjects: Music


Exam Board

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Y9 Options Pathway

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm