Key Stage 3 Music

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. The Music Department aims to engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement

All students in Key Stage 3 have access to high quality musical instruments, as well as state-of-the-art Apple Mac computer systems to explore music through composing, performing, listening and appraising.

The musical projects at Key Stage 3 are designed to be engaging and motivating for beginners, developing players and for musically experienced students too. 

Where words fail, music speaks - Hans Christian Andersen

Course description

The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Assessments – how often, How to prepare

  • Students are assessed each half-term depending on the focus of the project, eg. listening, performing and composing.

Ways to help my child succeed

  • Discuss the possibility of your child trying out, or learning a new musical instrument – contact the Music Department for more information.
  • We see extra curricular music-making as a natural extension of classroom activities and encourage all students who are learning to play an instrument to bring it in to lessons, to develop their individual and ensemble skills and to show their peers the wonderful sounds they are developing with their instrument! 
  • Encourage your child to join one of the many extra-curricular musical activities each week.
  • Encourage musical exploration – developed musical skills are linked to high achievement in maths, logic, linguistic and verbal skills, as well as creativity.

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