Music curriculum lessons are delivered once per week in Key Stage 3. Students can choose to study Music as an Option subject in Key Stage 4 where they will study for Rock School graded examinations in their choice of instrument.
In Year 7, students develop skills in pulse and rhythm, singing, djembe, ukulele, piano, chair drums and pBuzz/brass. They start to read music and learn to perform on their own and in a group, developing their confidence and cooperation. They start to appraise their own performances and the performances of others.
In Year 8 and 9 students build on the skills learnt in Year 7, learning about different styles and eras of music, music from different cultures and how to play as band. They develop their singing, playing and music reading skills. They create their own music and use technology to create music. They also develop skills on more modern band instruments that can be studied in Year 10 and Year 11 (usually guitar, bass, keyboard, drums and vocals).
If chosen as an Option subject in Year 10 and Year 11, students choose an instrument to study (usually vocals, guitar, bass, drums, sometimes keyboard and ukulele) and work towards gaining Rockschool graded qualifications, which have an equivalent Level 1 or Level 2 grade. Students are entered for 30 minute practical exams when ready and these can be during any of three exam periods each year.