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Vision Statement:

In Music we aim to provide a stimulating and musical learning environment where students receive high quality experiences and enrichment opportunities. We want students to develop an appreciation and enjoyment of music through active participation in a full range of activities both within and outside the classroom.

Music is part of the Performing Arts faculty.

Staffing and Role:

Mrs Parker Joint Head of Music
Mrs Middleton Joint Head of Music

Curriculum in detail - KS3

All students in years 7 and 8 have three lessons of Music a fortnight and will study a unit of work every half term, covering a variety of genres, styles and traditions of music as shown below:


Autumn 1

Autumn 2

Spring 1

Spring 2

Summer 1

Summer 2

Year 7

African Music & Folk Music

Keyboard & Notation


Ukulele & Song Writing

Heroes & Villains

Orchestra & Variations

Year 8

Latin American & Indian Music

Pop Riffs

Band Skills (Musical Futures)

Classical Music (Bach & Beethoven)

Film Music (History and Performance)

Film Music (Composition & Technology)

Students will learn how to sing, play the keyboard and percussion, and will have the opportunity to perform on guitar, bass, drum kit amongst other instruments. They will also compose their own music using iMac computers, and listen to and analyse a wide variety of musical styles and genres as well as learn about the context and history of these traditions. One piece of homework will be set as appropriate to the unit of work through ‘Teams’ and will be research-based. Students will also record their grades based around clear success criteria and make targets on how they can improve their learning with the help of their teacher. Students that own an instrument are encouraged to bring them to music lessons.

Curriculum in detail - GCSE

We offer GCSE Music (Edexcel exam board) as an option subject from Year 9. Students will have the opportunity to learn and improve performing skills on an instrument of their choice, participating in an informal concert or recording session each term to build up the solo and ensemble pieces required for their final assessment. Students will also learn and develop composition skills in a number of genres using industry-standard music production and notation software. Students will learn how to analyse and appraise music based on the four areas of study listed below and two set works from each area:

  • Instrumental Music 1700 –1820 (Bach: Brandenburg Concert No. 5 in D Major and Beethoven: Piano Sonata No. 8 in C Minor)
  • Vocal Music (Purcell: ‘Music for a While’ and Queen: ‘Killer Queen’)
  • Music for Stage and Screen (Stephen Schwartz: ‘Defying Gravity’ from the musical Wicked and John Williams: ‘Main Title’ from the film Star Wars)
  • Fusions (Afro Celt Sound System: ‘Release’ and Esperanza Spalding: ‘Samba Em Prelúdio’)

Click here for a link to the GCSE Music Specification that we follow.

Resources to support my child

  • Students are encouraged to bring in their own headphones to use at school when working on the iMac computers.
  • Access to a musical instrument if they have instrumental lessons (these can be hired free from the Music Department)
  • We strongly encourage students of all year groups to practise their keyboard skills on a regular basis. Access to a piano or keyboard at home would be beneficial and MIDI keyboards can be bought quite cheaply and plugged into a computer via a USB lead.
  • Access to free software programmes at home to enable students to compose and create their own music. GarageBand and Bandlab are good for KS3 and MuseScore and Sibelius are good for GCSE - see the 'Additional Music Resources  at the bottom of the webpage for more information.
  • If taking GCSE Music, ensure they either have their own copy of the GCSE Music Revision Guide and GCSE Music Study Guide or have loaned them from the Music Department for free.

Reading List & Useful Websites:

How can I support my child at home?

  • Encourage them to practise a keyboard regularly or the instrument that they play or to sing regularly.
  • Encourage them to learn an instrument or join a music ensemble.
  • Encourage them to play and perform, even if it is only to you, family and friends at home.
  • Encourage them to complete homework tasks that are set on Teams.
  • Purchase the GCSE Music study and revision guide (these can also be loaned for free).
  • Encourage GCSE music students to take the grade 5 theory classes after school on Mondays.
  • Help them to revise using the resources and websites listed in the next section.

Extra-curricular activities

We have a range of regular ensembles that take place every week as well as a number of activities, trips and projects throughout the year that you can get involved in. Whatever stage you are at as a musician there is something for you, whether you receive tuition from the school or not. We run a string, woodwind and brass ensemble for all abilities and when you reach a certain standard you can join the Concert Orchestra, Testbourne Allstars or audition for Bella Voce choir. We run a Music tour abroad every other year and perform within the local community to give our musicians professional performance platforms and experiences.

Instrumental and Vocal Tuition

We offer a full range of high quality individual and group tuition for a range of instruments and vocals. Please click here for further information.

Further information

For more details, please contact Mrs Middleton, joint Head of Music, at: