Why study Music?

Music is a form of art that uses sound organised in time. Music can raise someone’s mood, get them excited, or make them calm and relaxed. Music also allows us to feel almost all the emotions that we experience in our lives.

Peripatetic 101 Music provision is also offered at The Whitehaven Academy for those wishing to learn to play a specific instrument such as Drums, Guitar, Violin, vocal skills and more.

Key Stage 3

The overall intent for KS3 is to develop a love for the Performing Arts as a whole; to experience a wide variety of practical workshops and skills that will develop confidence and creativity.

Year 7: Develop core music skills such as form and structure, vocal skills and cultural capital in exploring Chinese Music. Development of skills in keyboard and ukulele.

Year 8: Further exploration of key musical vocabulary and skills in exciting music genres such as Blues and Jazz, Reggae beats and developing their creative skills in the project Music and Space.

Year 9: Students will develop an understanding and hone their skills to study works from musicals and films where they will then be able to play excerpts and create some of their own work in song composition and band skills.



Key Information about the course

GCSE Music enables you to develop and enhance your knowledge and understanding of music through four interrelated areas of study.

Key areas and skills

1: Musical Forms and Devices

2: Music for Ensemble

3: Film Music

4: Popular Music

The course has three components based on the skills of performing, composing and appraising.

These three skills are developed through the study of each area and serve to highlight the importance of the relationship between composer, performer and audience.

Preferred entry requirements

This course builds upon skills and knowledge learnt throughout KS3, however the ability to either play an instrument, or to learn how to play an instrument/sing is desirable. A willingness to learn how to use notation software such as Sibelius or Muse score is essential. It is recommended that you take one-to-one instrumental lessons, however, this is not essential as long as you immerse yourself in music both in and out of school. Regular independent practice on the student’s chosen instrument is essential.

Main methods of assessment

Component 1: Performing. Internally assessed, externally moderated. 30% of qualification.

Component 2: Composition. Internally assessed, externally moderated. 30% of qualification.

Component 3: Appraising. Written examination (approx. 1 hour 15 minutes). 40% of qualification.

Possible career pathway

This course can lead on to a study of music and/or music technology at A Level or Level 3 National BTEC or Level 3 Rock School. It is accepted in all colleges and universities as a recognised qualification. There are many career opportunities through the study of music. Some examples are: songwriter, composer (film music composer/orchestral composer), session musician, radio DJ, music teacher (school teacher or instrumental teacher), sound engineer, music promoter.