Course Aims:

Key stage Music aims to build creativity in every student to enable them to become a composer and performer. During Year 7 and 8 students will be introduced to subject specific language and critical analysis and evaluation of Music. We aim to help each student develop a passion for Music and build the skills necessary for academic success at GCSE and beyond.

Course Content:

Year 7 

  • Vocal skills
  • Musical notation reading.
  • Listening skills
  • Piano skills
  • World music
  • The blues
  • Solo performance
  • Group performance

Year 8

  • Chords, bass lines, rhythms
  • Vocal skills
  • Ukulele
  • Performing as an ensemble.
  • Protest song composition.
  • Musical ICT

Trips and visits:

The opportunity to see a London musical and visit Harrow Young Musicians.

Co-curricular activities:

  • The School Musical: Aladdin
  • Chamber orchestra
  • String group
  • Wind band
  • Junior choir
  • Senior choir
  • Show choir
  • Drum group
  • Rock band

Instrumental lessons available on:
Violin, viola, cello, double bass, flute, clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, acoustic guitar, electric guitar, bass guitar, voice, drum kit.

Key Stage 4 & 5 / Career Progression:

All students have the opportunity to take part in various school productions and musicals throughout Key Stage 3, 4 and 5. Students build essential skills and knowledge of music in Year 7 and 8, those students that wish to continue to study Music academically can do so at GCSE. We also offer Music courses at A Level through the collegiate.

  • Teacher
  • Music production
  • Music Therapist
  • Arts administrator
  • Broadcast engineer
  • Community arts worker
  • Event manager
  • Radio broadcast Assistant
  • Radio producer
  • Theatre stage manager

Recommended Reading:

  • GCSE Music Literacy workbook - Berkeley and Richard
  • Music composition workbook volume 1 - Alan Charlton
  • Baroque music in focus - Benham and York
  • Romanticism in focus - L Jenkins
  • Modernism in focus - L Jenkins
  • Understanding popular music - D Ventura
  • Film music in focus - D Ventura
  • Musicals in focus - P Terry
  • World music - Miller and Shahriari