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MUSIC - Mrs P Lawrence - Head of Department , Mrs C Eddy

Year 10 Revision notes

There are revision documents for music on Open hive - each area of study has its own revision page with listening examples.  This can be found in departments/music/GCSE/revision 

BBC Bite size is also quite useful for general music vocab and understanding, but doesn't cover the areas of study they need.

PDF icon Music - Milestone Assessment Schedule 2021/22

Music is taught in mixed ability tutor groups.  Students have 2 lessons per fortnight.

Year 7

Bridging unit – focus on the elements of music.

Keyboard skills – Developing keyboard and performance skills. 

Musical clichés – exploring how music is used to portray ideas. 

Year 8

Pictures at an exhibition – composing music for image. 

Experimental music – exploring experimental vocal and performance techniques. 

Variations – exploring ways to develop musical ideas.            

The Blues – exploring the  blues and improvisation.

Stomp – exploring rhythmic cycles and patterns. 

Year 9

Hooks and riffs – composing using hooks and riffs.

Popular song – exploring the characteristics of popular music.

Music and media – exploring how music is used in the media. 

Reggae – exploring the musical and social features of reggae. 

Project – end of KS3 project to showcase musical skills. 

KEY STAGE 4 - GCSE Exam board OCR. Revision guides from Finance £7

Music is a popular GCSE subject at The Willink School.  Following the Edexcel specification students further develop their musical skills through listening, performance and composition. Students study a number of set works from world music, popular music, contemporary music and classical music; which form the basis of the listening exam. Students must also complete 2 compositions, and a solo and ensemble performance, which make up 60% of the final GCSE. 

KS5 AS & A2

The music department offers Music and Music Technology at A level.


Music A level takes a deeper and more analytical look at listening, composing and performing, offering a challenging and stimulating course for developing musicians.  Students study a variety of set works in depth, develop composition techniques leading to a final composition, and produce a 6 minute (12 – 15 minutes at A2) performance on their chosen instrument or voice.  We follow the Edexcel specification. 

Music Technology

The Music Technology course offers an exciting ‘hands on’ programme for those who have an interest in recording technology.  The course gives students the chance to develop recording, sequencing and arranging skills.  

The music department is equipped with a computer suite, recording studio and live room for the delivery of the A level Music Technology course