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Year 7 Subject Information

In year 7, pupils will learn to play the keyboard using standard notation; they will be able to explore the different sounds and effects available via the keyboard and experiment with them. Pupils will learn the Musical elements and how they combine to create a piece of music in any of its forms – songs, instrumental, ensemble, orchestral…They will have opportunities to apply their knowledge and understanding of the elements through song; learning to sing a range of songs, applying the elements as they are investigated. Through discussion and collaboration with their peers, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of musical styles, and how the elements are used. 

Year 8 Subject Information

In Year 8 music lessons have a cross –curricular topic of Earth and Space (Science). Pupils develop their aural perception and understanding of different types of music which has been composed to represent, respond to or is inspired by space. They will identify key techniques, instrumentation, special effects which combine to create the overall effect. Pupils will investigate different eras in music and consider how and why the theme of space was inspirational during that time – from the 1800’s to the modern day. They will then use their knowledge and understanding of composers work and their learning from year 7, to compose their own music, implementing a range of instruments, technology and styles.

Year 9 Subject Information

In year 9, cross-curricular links continue with the topic of Artists and their Inspiration. Pupils will need to develop a deeper understanding of the music they listen to, perform and its history. Investigating what inspires creativity in the arts, pupils can identify and use features of music expressively and with increasing skill to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of tonality, structure, styles, genres and traditions. This continues to build on their learning in years 7 and 8; it also offers an insight into the work required for BTEC Music from year 10.

BTEC Level 1 / 2  (Year 10 & Year 11)

BTEC Level 1/2

Music benefits pupils’ self-esteem, confidence, creativity and communication skills, St George’s pupils are actively engaged in developing the kinds of life skills that will enable them to become confident, expressive and creative citizens. You will learn about the music industry, roles and organisations within the industry; this includes careers such as a sound engineer, technician, backstage crew, journalist, talent scout or working for a union. You will create your own music product or concert; this will be presented to your target audience and real feedback will be offered. In addition to these skills you will learn about composition and will become a composer; you will also learn about performing and all the skills needed in order to create a performance to be proud of. 


  • 3 internally assessed assignments (25% each) 
  • 1 externally assessed assignment (25%)


There are 4 units – 2 Core (compulsory) and 2 optional (chosen by school)

Unit 1: The Music Industry.

  • Learn about the different careers, roles and responsibilities within the industry  
  • Develop knowledge and understanding of the varied roles within the industry.
  • Research varied aspects of the industry including organisations and agencies.

Assessment overview

  • Assessed externally by a 1 hour exam.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

  • Pupils will either create a CD from scratch including performing the material burnt onto it and playing to their target audience for feedback OR produce a concert, again from scratch, which will be presented to their target audience and feedback offered.

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed – work produced and marked internally with external verification possible.

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

  • Pupils will explore creative stimuli to meet a brief; develop, extend and shape music for performances and present compositions appropriately.

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed – work produced and marked internally with external verification possible.

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

  • Pupils will develop their own music performance skills and review their own practice; pupils will also use their music performance skills within rehearsal and performance.

Assessment overview

  • Internally assessed – work produced and marked internally with external verification possible.


All assessed work is graded using the following levels:

Level 1 Pass, Level 2 - Pass, Merit, Distinction, Distinction *


From box office to performer; manager, technician, producer, director. Working with sound, lighting, scenery…