KS3 Music

Course Introduction


Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. Music should engage and inspire students to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As students’ progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, perform and to listen to a variety of music from an eclectic range of genres and styles.

Music is a practical subject and students should build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. Students are expected to try develop their vocal and/or instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness; and understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions, identifying the expressive use of musical dimensions. They should listen and evaluate with awareness to inform their practice as musicians. Students are also expected to use technologies appropriately and appreciate and understand a wide range of musical contexts and styles.


Student Objectives


To play and perform confidently in a range of solo and ensemble contexts using voice, playing instruments musically, fluently and with accuracy and expression.

Understand how to improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions.

Understand how to use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions.

To be able to identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices.

To be able to listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of music from great composers and musicians.

To understand and develop a deepening understanding of the music that is performed and listened to and also to understand its history.


Course Content


Year 7

Autumn 1: Rhythmic Notation

Autumn 2: Rhythmic Notation and Musical Theatre

Spring 1 : Score Notation

Spring 2: Garage Band and Composition

Summer 1: Classical Music

Summer 2: Medieval Music


Year 8

Autumn 1: Performance Skills

Autumn 2: Performance Skills and Musical Theatre

Spring 1: Notation and Blues

Spring 2: Blues Music and Performance

Summer 1: World Music

Summer 2: Film Music


Year 9

Autumn 1: Elements of Music

Autumn 2: Elements of Music and Musical Theatre

Spring 1: Rap Music

Spring 2: Podcasting

Summer 1: Film Music

Summer 2: World Music




The students will be levelled at the end of each unit of work. This will be completed in line with the school policy. Feedback will be given to the students verbally and via the VLE during the units. At the end of each unit the students will complete an assessment and this will be levelled and written feedback and targets for the students will be produced. Targets will also be written by the students at the end of each half term and these will be written into their planners.


What it leads to in KS4


GCSE Music – The course gives students a chance to extend their learning within Music. We follow the AQA specification and this allows students to compose two pieces of music; the first following a brief set by the exam board and the second which is a ‘free’ composition and allows students to compose a piece of music which have musical elements at its core. It also allows students to develop their understanding of musical theory and ability to analyse musical styles leading to a listening exam at the end of the course. The third element of the course allows students to develop their performance skills culminating in a solo and an ensemble performance on an instrument of their choice.