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Key Stage 3

A GCSE-ready Music student will have skills to listen to, compose and perform music in a range of styles; to identify, evaluate and be responsive to western art music, and popular and traditional music from around the world. Students will develop confidence in performing techniques, listening skills and compositional knowledge while working cooperatively and reciprocally with others.

Skills, knowledge and understanding are built over three years at KS3.  Students work to a focussed mastery curriculum, structured and differentiated to meet the needs of wide-ranging student experience and musical skill.  They experience challenge, make progress and enjoy their lessons working through curriculum content on topics exploring a wide range of musical genres. This bridges learning gaps and differentiates to ensure all can access a GCSE curriculum at KS4.  The taught curriculum is enriched and enhanced further with opportunities and music provision in the form of music concerts, musical productions and musical theatre orchestras both in school and the wider community.  Music students can meet the challenge of music performance opportunities through daily rehearsal and extracurricular classes including choirs, swing band, concert band, soul band, brass group, percussion ensemble and woodwind group. In addition to this, students can also build further performance skills by taking peripatetic music lessons. 

Key Stage 4

Please click on the link here to read the subject specification in the Options Booklet and watch the video below to find more about what the Music entails from the Head of Subject.

Exam Specification

GCSE Music (1MU0) Specification Issue 4 (

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