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

Course title and type of qualification: Level 2 Certificate in Performance/Technology and Composition for Music Practitioners

What will I learn?

The aim of these qualifications is to provide learners with the knowledge and range of skills needed to progress them towards being able to operate successfully as performing musicians and producers/composers.

Learners will:

  • Demonstrate knowledge of theoretical and contextual issues relating to music style, audience and the music industry;
  • Perform effectively on their instrument/voice;
  • Rehearse and display musicianship skills in a number of professional scenarios;
  • Initiate and develop repertoire;
  • Understand relevant aspects of music technology.

Through developing the skills, knowledge and understanding outlined above, learners are provided with the basis for further development with the ultimate aim being the creation of a musician with the knowledge and skills-set to be able to perform and record music in a professional capacity (i.e. be a recording and performing artist). The core units together with the optional units selected have been carefully chosen to reflect these aims.

The broad objectives are:

  • To focus delivery and assessment on knowledge and understanding together with practical music making and music production through learner centred activity;
  • To make the qualifications relevant to a wide variety of applications from FE provision through to schools and Youth and Creative Apprenticeships and e-learning;
  • To use the principles and skills needed in the creation and performance of popular music to equip learners with transferable skills;
  • To embed transferable skills and key skills into the qualifications.

How will I be assessed?

The qualifications are 40% externally assessed and 60% internally assessed. The externally assessed core unit takes the form of a timed assessment under controlled conditions based on an assignment set and marked by RSL. The remaining units are optional units and are internally assessed (i.e. staff in centres provide assessment opportunities for, and assess the work produced by learners).

What could I move onto?

Learners completing Level 2 to RSL’s suite of Level 3 qualifications for Music Practitioners.

Those who choose to progress to a RSL Level 3 qualification for Music Practitioners will develop the skills to progress straight into the music industry. Typical employment progression is to areas such as performing /recording artist, music producer, composer, music entrepreneur or industry professional.

These qualifications offer specialised learning opportunities that can be accurately matched to the specific career sector in the music industry, and further/higher education courses. Employment opportunity in the music industry is centred on self-employment or small-team operations rather than contracted employment with large companies and organisations.

Alternatively, learners can progress to higher education courses such as degrees in popular music, music technology, music composition and music business.

Examination Board: RockSchool (RSL)

Links & Resources

Links & Resources

Bishop Young C of E Academy

Bishops Way
LS14 6NU

Tel: 0113 273 9100
Fax: 0113 273 4216

Registered Office:

Abbey Multi Academy Trust
c/o Chapter House
Abbey Grange Church of England Academy
Butcher Hill
LS16 5EA
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