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Music (BTEC)

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.  

Year 7 - Subject Information

In year 7, 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 their own compositions; pupils will learn to play the keyboard using standard notation.  This includes the scale of C major with right, left and then both hands.  They will be able to explore the different sounds and effects available via the keyboard and experiment with them. Through discussion and collaboration with their peers, pupils develop their knowledge and understanding of musical styles, and how the elements are used in song and instrumental pieces. There are also opportunities for pupils to register their interest in instrumental lessons, from one of our peripatetic tutors and these can be arranged following confirmation from parents.

Year 8 Subject Information

In year 8, pupils will have the opportunity to develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in music from their learning in year 7. They will learn about specific musical techniques used in music, eg. Ostinato. Pupils will be able to research, develop and learn to play selected techniques on the keyboard or appropriate instrument. They will be able to compose their own and record their work using notation.

Pupils will specifically be taught to:

  • improvise and compose; and extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions
  • use staff and other relevant notations appropriately and accurately in a range of musical styles, genres and traditions
  • identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of scales and other musical devices

Year 9 Subject Information

In year 9 pupils will continue to build and develop their knowledge, understanding and skills in music. They will investigate musical scores with a specific focus on film scores linked to the literature studied in English. They will have the opportunity to access and use software to record their musical composition – a short score for a film scene.

Pupils will specifically be taught to:

  • Listen to and compose; extend and develop musical ideas by drawing on a range of musical structures, styles, genres and traditions based on film scores.
  • Identify and use the inter-related dimensions of music expressively and with increasing sophistication, including use of tonalities, different types of instrumentation and other musical devices.
  • Listen with increasing discrimination to a wide range of film music from different composers.
  • Develop a deepening understanding of where film music originates.




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Level 2 Subject Information


General Information (Useful Information for Parents)

Revision sessions are held as appropriate for exam dates. The next sessions will start at the end of term 4 to prepare for the exam in term 5.

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General Information -

In BTEC Music there is only 1 exam which is 1 hour long. It is comprised of 3 sections of questions, A being multiple choice, section B questions required slightly long answers of 1 or 2 sentences and section C contains the questions for which there are 8 mark answers.

Personal Learning Checklist  
Example Exam Questions/Model Answers Unit 1 Practise / Revision Questions
Revision Materials/Sharepoint

Revision Guide

Revision notes on Production and Promotion - Companies that create promote and distribute music work

The Music Industry - What do you need to know for your exam?

Small and Large Venues

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Job Opportunities / Careers

Studying music expands options and develops skills which can be employed in other industries and situations; self-confidence, motivation, self-control, personal management, listening skills…the list goes on!

Look at these examples of careers in the music industry – a BTEC in music could set you on the way to achieving your dream career. 

There are many different careers and jobs relating to Music – here are just a few…

An Archivist  


Music Producer


Artists Relations Manager 

Distribution Manager



Booking Agent



Radio Producer

Box Office Staff

Event Administrator

Music Web Designer


Concerts Assistant

Event Manager

Orchestra Manager

Sound Engineer

Community Musician

Festival Manager




Instrument Maker





Press Agent

Talent Scout

Concert Director

Lighting Engineer

Project Musician


Cruise Ship Musician 

Music Blogger

Professional Musician

Theatre / Venue Manager