Subject: Music

Head of Subject: Miss J Buckle

In Year 7 students are taught Music with their mixed ability form. In Years 8 and 9 students are taught in mixed ability classes. Throughout Key Stage 3 Students are taught Music 1 hour a week. Assessments are completed every half term to track and monitor the progress of students in each subject. Feedback is provided to students in terms of the skills they are working towards or have mastered. Targets for further improvement are then shared with students.

At Key Stage 4, Music is a subject that is taught as a GCSE option; 3 hours per week in Year 10, and 2 hours per week in Year 11. Students are working towards one GCSE qualification. They follow the AQA GCSE Music 8271 specification. They will be awarded a grade 1-9 following the submission of performance and composition coursework, and completion of their GCSE examination in the summer of Year 11. Assessments to track progress are set regularly throughout each half term, with feedback relating to GCSE criteria used to highlight areas of strength and development throughout the course.

Throughout their time at Hawkley Hall, students are taught the following key skills:

  • Perform with technical control, expression and interpretation
  • Compose and develop musical ideas with technical control and coherence
  • Demonstrate and apply musical knowledge
  • Use appraising skills to make evaluative and critical judgements about music


Overview of the Music Curriculum

The topics students cover throughout Key Stage 3 and Key Stage 4 are outlined in the table below:

Year Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Bridging Unit Pitch & Rhythm Form & Structure Renaissance Music The Music of Japan Musical Futures’
8 Gamelan Chords & Harmony The Music of India Music for Dance The Orchestra Musical Futures’
9 Blues & Jazz Film Music Song-writing Theme & Variations Modern Club / Dance Music Musical Futures’

GCSE Exam Board Specifications

The specification code for GCSE Music is 8271. Click here to view the GCSE specification