Key Stage 3
Key Stage 4

In music lessons at KS3 students will travel through a range of musical genres and musical cultures through performing, listening and appraising the music of some of the great composers. Pupils will engage with music from other cultures such as African Djembe drumming, Samba drumming and through playing pop music. The vast majority of time in music lessons is spent with the pupils engaging practically with instruments such as the Keyboard, Ukulele, Guitars, African and Samba drums and through using their voices, in our impressively well-resourced music department.

Your child will be assessed in music primarily through their ability to perform and compose music. There will be one formal assessment task per unit of work which will take the form of a recording of your child performing their given piece. Students will also be assessed through their ability to appraise their own and others’ work, and reflect on their learning to develop their skills further in their practise diaries.

-Students can further their education in music further in three ways.

- Signing up for instrumental lessons in school (see Mr Steels regarding this)

- Taking part in music courses ran by the fantastic team at Chapel FM

- Taking part in the wealth of music activities run by Leeds Art Forms

You can also widen your child’s interest in music by taking them to a wide variety of musical events and concerts, and encouraging them to listen to a diverse range of musical styles. You could also support and encourage them to purchase an instrument and help them to regularly practise at home.

Year 7

Autumn 1:
  • Beethoven Melodies
  • Skills: Keyboard skills
Autumn 2: 
  • Pop Music Melodies - 7 years Lukas Graham
  • Skills: Keyboard skills
Spring 1: 
  • Chords
  • Skills: Ukulele - Fretwork
Spring 2:
  • Ukulele/guitar chords and riffs
  • Skills: Fretwork Skills and Ensemble skills
Summer 1: 
  • African Drumming
  • Ensemble skills and rhythm work
Summer 2:
  • Music sequencing using GarageBand
  • Skills: ICT Music

Year 8

Autumn 1: 
  • Pop Songs - Chords and Bass Line
  • Skills: Keyboard Skills
Autumn 2: 
  • Ukulele/Guitar chords and riffs
  • Skills: Fretwork skills and Ensemble skills
Spring 1: 
  • Pop Songs - Chord and Melody
  • Skills: Keyboard
Spring 2: 
  • Writing a pop Song
  • Skills: Composition
Summer 1: 
  • Band Work - Perform a pop song
  • Skills: Ensemble Skills
Summer 2:
  • Music Sequencing using Logic Pro
  • Skills: Music ICT

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Course title and type of qualification: Cambridge Nationals Certification/Diploma

What will I learn?

GCSE Music is an interesting course that encourages you to explore and develop your musical skills in listening, composing and performing. During lessons we’ll cover everything you need to know and develop your listening skills for the written exam. We will also do a lot of composition exercises to give you a range of ideas about how to compose an effective piece. There will also be chances for you to perform a wide range of music as a group and to work together to prepare for a range of Concerts and Productions.

The Music GCSE specification is currently being reviewed along with many other subjects, which means the details here may be subject to change

How will I be assessed?

Unit 1: Listening
  • We look at a whole range of musical elements and genres in the lessons to prepare you for a written exam at the end of the course. This is worth 20% of the total marks.
Unit 2: Composing and Appraising
  • You compose a piece of music and write about your ideas and what you think of the final piece. This is completed in 20 hours of controlled time and It’s worth 20% of the total marks.
Unit 3: Performing
  • We record you performing on your own and with others any time during the course. These performances are marked in school and are worth 40% of the total marks.
Unit 4: Composing
  • This is another composition which you have 25 hours in school time to complete. You can compose in any style and we mark this in school. It’s worth 20% of the total marks.

What could I move onto?

Music groups do well at Bishop Young. Universities are very interested in candidates who have a good track record of participation in extra curricula activities and have proved they can express themselves creatively as well as verbally and in writing. You will work as a team with others who share your passion for music, build the confidence necessary to present your ideas to an audience and learn a lot about yourself by the end of the course. You’ll also get credit for learning an instrument and free tuition from school peri teachers.

GCSE Music is really useful if you aspire to a career as a performer, producer, composer or teacher. It is also valuable for Music journalism, Musical theatre, Arts administration and to access A Levels and Higher Education courses in Music, Music Technology, Theatre Studies or Performing Arts.

Examination Board: AQA

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