Eaton Bank Academy


Music is a vibrant and energetic department. There is never a quiet moment with daily rehearsals at break, lunch and after school. Students are able to rehearse, compose and perform using instruments or the computers with concerts, workshops and theatre trips scheduled throughout the school year. Our aim is to encourage a love for music both inside and outside the classroom. Music is offered as a curriculum subject from year 7 to sixth form and students can also opt to receive lessons in orchestral instruments as well as guitar, drums and voice. Our goal is to nurture and promote creativity, self-motivation and imaginative performance, under the supervision of dedicated and experienced staff.

Key Stage 3

The aims of the Music Department at Key Stage 3 are:

  • To provide an engaging and diverse range of musical experiences using a variety of styles and genres.
  • To enjoy working with others in creating musical ideas to develop students’ appreciation and love of music.
  • To encourage composition and performance in a supportive atmosphere.
  • To expose students to use a number of different methods of making music using instruments, voices and new technologies.
  • To prepare students for further study, including GCSE and A level.


At Key Stage 3 we will study:-

Year 7 Musical Exploration of Elements, Programme Music, The Blues, Folk Music
Year 8 Stomp and Body Percussion, 4 Chord Popular Song, Reggae and African Drumming
Year 9 Rock and Pop, Themes in Musical Theatre, Protest Music, Music for Film and Screen
The study of Music will allow students to develop their:
  • Musical creativity
  • Performance skills and confidence
  • Communication, negotiation and co-operation skills
  • Successful learners


Key Stage 3 Assessment

Students are assessed formatively during each scheme of learning and at the end of a unit of work. Assessment is based on practical tasks, both group and individual. Parents will receive details of progress throughout each year.


Home Learning

How parents can help to support their son’s/daughter’s learning:

  • Ask your child questions about the work.
  • Encourage your child to take part in extracurricular activities both in school and in the wider community.
  • Encourage your child to learn an instrument or sing and to rehearse and perform regularly, visit the ‘love music trust’ website for details about hiring instruments etc.
  • Encourage students to rehearse their work in their own time and check any homework set.

If you have any queries, please contact Mrs C Evans (


2017 ISM Silver Award
2017 ISM Silver Award

Key Stage 4

GCSE Music incorporates performing, composing and listening to music to develop an appreciation and understanding of the subject. The course allows you to develop confidence and facilitates independent learning, teamwork and discipline. Music is a highly regarded subject at GCSE and A level. Further education institutions and employers often comment that musicians demonstrate many transferable, interpersonal skills that make them exceptional employees.  GCSE Music will challenge you to think creatively, build empathy and understanding of cultures and traditions of past and present and will encourage you to develop your perception and analysis skills.

Course Information:

What is involved in the course? – Performance, Composition and Listening.

Performing and composing are coursework. As each piece of work is produced it is marked internally by music staff then returned to the pupil for review and development. Pupils will submit their best examples of work to the exam board at the end of the course. The listening exam in the summer term in Year 11 is an hour and a half long and is based on the set works and topic areas studied throughout the course. This is marked externally.


What do I need to do in each section?

Unit 1: Performing: 30%
Prepare and record one solo and one ensemble performance for a final assessment. Pupils will continually work on their performance during the course. 

Unit 2: Composing: 30%
Compose two pieces, one of which from a set brief.

Unit 3: Listening Exam: 40% 
The exam is based on four areas of study spanning many different styles of music from classical to pop, rock, blues and world music. Pupils will study selected works from the four topic areas. 

What skills do I need to have to study GCSE Music?
Have an interest in performing, composing and listening to music and a desire to learn more and to discover new styles of music. Be able to play an instrument or sing or be willing to learn an instrument. Enthusiasm and commitment to being involved in extracurricular music.

Why study GCSE Music?
Music compliments many subjects within the curriculum and is a combination of the creative and academic. Employers and universities see it as a subject that fosters a number of transferable and life-long skills: teamwork and communication, self-motivation, discipline and creative thinking to name but a few. Music GCSE is considered an interesting subject to see on a job or university application. There is growing evidence that musicians have structurally and functionally different brains compared with non-musicians. In particular, the areas of the brain used to process information are larger or more active in musicians. Even just starting to learn a musical instrument can change the neurophysiology of the brain. In short, music makes you brainier! We hope that by studying Music at GCSE our students will develop their creativity and love for all types of music.

If you wish to specialise, the music business is one of the biggest industries in the UK, with a wide range of opportunities. If you wish to take the study of music further to A-Level or beyond and music GCSE is a good preparation. Specialist jobs include music therapy, teaching, production promotion recording engineer, composer, publishing, music management and performance (see the display board in music for more details). Music is a useful qualification to gain entry to a wide variety of further education courses and career routes – it could help you achieve whatever you want to achieve.


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