• Music


All pupils study Music at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 to 9) and have the opportunity to continue it at GCSE.



KS3 Information

At Key Stage 3 pupils receive one lesson of Music every week. They study the various topics below, incorporating performing, composing, listening and appraising. Activities vary from whole class work (such as a class performance) and smaller group work to paired and individual work.

For the school year 2020-21 these topics may be amended depending on government guidance given to schools regarding shared use of instruments and singing.

Year 7

  • Introduction to the Ukulele
  • Find Your Voice
  • Introduction to the Keyboard

Year 8

  • Blues / Rock 'n' Roll
  • Samba
  • The Baroque Period

Year 9

  • Film Music
  • Ground Bass
  • Britpop

KS4 Information

GCSE Music

  • 30% of the total marks
  • Non-exam assessment
    • Solo performance/s
    • Ensemble performance/s
      • Minimum of 4 minutes for all performances combined
      • Teacher records and assesses final performances in Year 11
  • 30% of the total marks
  • Non-exam assessment
  • 2 pieces to be composed:
    • One free composition (can be completed in Year 10 or Year 11)
    • One composition to a brief given by the exam board in September of Year 11
    • Combined composition time must last three minutes minimum
    • Teacher assesses both compositions
Listening to and Appraising Music
  • 40% of the total marks
  • 1 hour and 30 minutes written paper, with CD
  • Taken at the end of Year 11
  • Aural recognition and context unheard/unfamiliar music within the 4 Areas of Study:
    • AoS1 - Western classical tradition 1650-1710
    • AoS2 - Popular music
    • AoS3 - Traditional music
    • AoS4 - Western classical tradition since 1910
Study Pieces for Year 11 (2021 Entry)
  • AoS1 - Haydn Symphony 101 in D Major The Clock, movt.2
  • AoS2 - The Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band
    • With a Little Help From my Friends
    • Within You, Without You
    • Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds 

Next Steps

Progression to AS Level Music or Music Technology or Diploma in Creative Arts

Extra-Curricular Groups

We have a thriving extra-curricular life in the department with the following groups:

  • Band (for brass, woodwind, strings and percussion/drum kit)
  • Acoustic Group (for guitars, ukuleles, singers and any other acoustic instruments)
  • Pop Choir (for anyone in Y7-9 who enjoys singing – no audition required!)
  • Chamber Choir (you need to audition for this – all auditions welcome from Year 7 to 11)

Instrumental and Vocal Lessons

We offer extra instrumental lessons for individuals/small groups in the following instruments:

  • Woodwind – e.g. saxophone, flute, clarinet, oboe
  • Brass –e.g. trumpet, trombone
  • Guitar – acoustic, electric or bass
  • Drum kit
  • Violin/Viola
  • Cello
  • Singing

Lessons occur during the school day and on a rotating timetable. Our instrumental tutors are all employed by the East Riding Music Service. Information about the service can be found here:




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