We are proud to offer the following specialist facilities:

  • 2 music rooms, equipped with a range of instruments, keyboards and computers for music technology
  • Various practice rooms and a recording rooms.


Our music department seeks to achieve a high a profile as possible within the school as a whole. The philosophy of the department is to aim to develop a child’s self-confidence and personal expression. The music department’s premise is that music is for all regardless of gender, race, or ability. We aim to build success into every lesson and extend curricular opportunities for every student.

The visual and expressive arts subjects are concerned with the development of many aspects of a child’s personality: intellectual, perceptual, physical, emotional, and aesthetic. Music and the arts utilise the right side of the brain with its propensity for dealing with the sensuous, intuitive and spatial elements of perception and action.

The value of musical experience is many sided. It offers enjoyment and recreation; emotional satisfaction; and opportunities for individual and group activities; therefore, promoting creativity and expression.

Music involvement should be immediate and for everyone therefore this will lead to a development of musical imagination. Our department sees students as musical inventors, composers, and improvisers. We as teachers move from the role of a director to a facilitator who stimulates students thoughts and imagination and advise rather than show and tell. However, no credible theory of music education can be sustained without an insightful analysis of music.

Music education is, however, more than just having experiences or about acquiring a repertoire of skills. It is about developing insightfulness, understanding and quality of mind.

  • Every student has the right to learn and take part in musical activities.
  • No music student is left behind.
  • Students should be given the opportunities to learn how to express themselves musically.
  • Students should be given the opportunities to understand how to build meaningful relationships using music.
  • Musical knowledge embraces different traditions.
  • Most people who believe they cannot sing are simply blocked by pressure, stress, tension, and the habit of hanging on to that vital outward breath.


Year 7 and 8

Please use this link for an overview of the curriculum content for year 7 and year 8 Music.

Curriculum Content for Y7 and Y8

Year 9, 10 and 11

Curriculum Intent for Music

We study Music to build confidence through performance and to develop self-discipline through rehearsal and preparation. We study Music to push ourselves to refine and improve our creative responses. We study Music to gain an appreciation and understanding of the rich and varied history of music from all around the world. We study Music to develop transferable skills that we will inevitably use in all other areas of our learning, tapping into multiple skill sets often simultaneously.

Y9 – 11 Long Term Plan

Content of course

Exploring the Performing Arts (Music)

  • Three productions studied.
  • Involves both practical and written work.
  • Students can watch live performances.

Developing Skills

  • Strengths and weaknesses in Music are reflected upon
  • Practical exercises, group work, and scripted pieces are developed.

Performing to a Brief

  • Students devise a piece of Music, based on a brief and a stimulus.


Performing Music (instrument or voice)

Composing Music.

Area of Study 1:

  • The Western Classical Tradition,
  • Music from 1650-1910 including Set Work study of Haydn’s Symphony 101.

Area of Study 2:

  • Popular music 1950-present.
  • A broad range of music is covered including Film and Game Music.
  • Set work study of The Beatles “Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

Area of Study 3

  • Traditional music.
  • Music from all around the world including Blues Music and Traditional Folk Music.

Area of study 4

  • Western Classical Tradition 1910-present.
  • Including Minimalism and Atonal music.

Course Link: AQA Level 1 / Level 2 GCSE (9-1) in Music

Student Voice

No information available at this time

Current Course Specifications

AQA GCSE Music 8271

Home Learning Policy

Home Learning Intent:

We set home learning in music because we want students to engage with music on a regular basis outside the classroom, to further their experience of unfamiliar sounds and deepen their understanding of key theoretical concepts.

Home Learning Expectations:

In music, we expect students to engage enthusiastically in home learning. Where listening tasks are set, students will need to access the internet.

Where tasks are set to embed and extend theoretical concepts, we will provide quality resources and clear instructions for presentation that must be followed. Homework is will be complete and handed in the following lesson.

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Kingsway Park High School

Turf Hill Road
OL16 4XA