Curriculum Leader of CPA - Ms Kelly

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Why Study Music?

Music is like food for the brain! It uniquely uses both sides of the brain, developing creativity

and imagination as well as logic and critical thinking. As well as academic development*,

it also aids emotional and spiritual well being.


Music is creative, mathematical and engaging. Our students learn to play, sing and perform as well as write their own music and reflect upon other peoples’ music.

What Will I Study?

During Key Stage 3, all year 7s and year 8s study music for 6/7 weeks in rotation with art, drama and technology subjects. After this, in year 9, students may choose to take music as one of their options.


At Key Stage 4, we study BTEC music. This route allows us to meet the needs of a broad range of students with different musical knowledge and talent. Students complete four units of study to gain the award:


  • Performing: Students assess their level of a range of performance skills and then set targets for development. Then they work towards a performance as part of an evening concert in the school hall.


  • Sequencing: Students use the GarageBand software to create a complete track, demonstrating their understanding of the software through a vlog/blog.


  • Planning and Promoting a Music Product: Students make a CD or put on a live event and are assessed on their ability to work as part of a team and manage the project from initial idea through to completion.


  • The Music Industry: This is an external exam. With a focus on the music industry, students learn about many aspects of business such as employment law, hierarchy, management, unions, copyright and much more.



What Skills Will I Need?

To take BTEC music you should already be able to play an instrument or sing, and be able to create music using Garage Band. You should be a creative person who is able to work independently. You should also be open to learning about a broad range of different musical styles.



*A recent study from the University of California found that music trains the brain for higher forms of thinking. Second graders who were given music lessons scored 27% higher on proportional math and fractions tests than children who received no special instruction. Research indicates that musical training permanently wires a young mind for enhanced performance.