Curriculum Intent

Music is everywhere around us and is a daily part of many people’s lives. KS3 music aims for pupils to be able to listen and appraise, compose and perform music from a variety of genres, time periods and styles. Pupils will be able to interpret music when performing and will be able to communicate expression through music. They will also develop musical ideas effectively by controlling and demonstrating understanding of the musical elements through composition, whilst also responding to different musical stimuli through listening and appraising. The Music department is ambitious for all pupils and a range of meta-cognitive and QFT strategies are used to support all pupils where necessary, including MA and those with SEND. Pupils are encouraged to:

  • engage actively in the process of music study
  • develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of the resources used
  • develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources
  • recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music
  • broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity
  • develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians
  • develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing
  • develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music
  • recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology
  • develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds
  • reflect upon and evaluate their own and others’ music


Curriculum Journey


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GCSE Music Exam Specification