“Music is a piece of art that goes in the brain straight to the heart.” – Author unknown


Student quotes;

“I’ve always loved music, and now that I am beginning to get better at piano, I would like to study it for my GCSE’s” –Charlie Kershaw

“Music is my main goal in life, when I grow up I want to become a professional musician, I love that I can come in every break time and lunch time to practice and get better so I can achieve my goal” –Paul Pickard  

 KS3 Music

What will I study?

The theme for Year 7 is ‘Becoming a Musician’ where students explore the musical elements and reading staff notation through by composing and performing on various instruments. There are many performance units where students can explore pitch and rhythm using voice and percussion, reading music whilst performing piano pieces and understanding chords when performing on guitar and pop music.

The theme in Year 8 is ‘Musical Styles and Cultures’ where they build upon prior knowledge and study music from various eras and cultures including film music, playing in a band and the blues. As well as performing and improvising, these units include listening activities which prepare students for GCSE. Students develop their compositional skills through composing for cartoons in Year 7 and films in Year 8.

How will I be assessed?

Each topic is assessed in music with twelve formal assessments in total at KS3. Students complete a baseline test when they arrive and throughout the two years they are assessed on performance, composing and listening/appraising.

How can I stretch my learning?

There are lots of extra-curricular opportunities available for all students including choir, woodwind group, string group, brass group and music technology club. Following the success of our production We Will Rock You, Annie and other concerts including the ‘Showcase’, we hope to continue to give students as many opportunities to perform as possible.

Useful links




GCSE Music

“Music gives a soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination and life to everything.” – Plato


GCSE Student quotes;

“I think its great that we have a wide range of different instruments to learn from at Shuttleworth, if you like a particular style of music you know you can learn how play it.”    -Kara Kirley yr9

“I love exploring new music it helps me relax and I think  the skills I am learning will help my prospects in future life. I love the opportunities school gives me to perform and share with others my hard work.”     -Bradley Middleton

What will I study?

You  will follow the Eduqas specification.

This will require you to:-

  • Develop performance skills on a solo instrument or voice of your choice and perform within an ensemble.
  • Compose two pieces of music using Sibelius notation software or Cubase sequencing software.
  • To learn to analyse music from four areas of study.
  1. AOS1 – Musical Forms and Devices
  2. AOS2 – Music for Ensemble
  3. AOS3 – Film Music
  4. AOS4 – Popular Music

How will I be assessed?

GCSE Music is divided into three strands: composing, performing and listening.


Students have two assessed performances (30% of the overall GCSE grade) on their solo instrument and one as an ensemble.


Students compose two pieces of music (30% of the overall GCSE grade) based on genres of different areas of study. One is a free composition and one is set to a brief by EDUQAS.


In Year 11, students undertake a listening exam (40% of the overall GCSE grade) and are given excerpts of different set works from the areas of study which are covered throughout the course.

How can I stretch my learning?

GCSE students are encouraged to take part in as many extra-curricular opportunities as possible.  At KS4, students also receive free instrumental lessons which are delivered by our peripatetic teachers on a range of instruments. There are also opportunities to gain extra qualifications during music theory club and music technology club using the ‘Rock College’ syllabus.

Useful links

Year 9/10 specification:


Year 11 specification: http://qualifications.pearson.com/content/dam/pdf/GCSE/Music/2009/Specification%20and%20sample%20assessments/GCSE_Music_Spec_2012.pdf

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Miss L Pennington

Curriculum Leader – Performance Arts


01282 682300