In Music, pupils get the opportunity to develop their composing, performing & listening skills by completing a range of interesting & challenging projects. Pupils are expected to:

  • Learn to use tradition forms of musical notation and other aspects of music theory
  • Improve their cultural understanding of music by exploring world music
  • Improve their critical understanding of music as they engage with & analyse music in popular, world & classical styles
  • Improve their performing skills as they improvise, refine and share they work
  • Develop their creative skills by composing in a range of styles
  • Improve their Music ICT skills by learning to use notation and sequencing software

‘Music is a world within itself, with a language we all understand’ Stevie Wonder


As a curriculum subject, we aim to help pupils understand the unique language of music – without resorting to jumpsquiffling ears!

We also hope to encourage creativity through an emphasis on practical work

Expressing and justifying opinions, along with giving constructive feedback to one another, is an important aim of the work we do.

We try to provoke a thoughtful response to the differences that exist between styles and over time, and look at how they are being combined today.

Curriculum and Assessment Maps

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 7

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 8

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 9

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 10

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map- Year 11

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 12

Music Curriculum and Assessment Map – Year 13


  • Mr E Mclntosh (Head of Department)
  • Mr N Heppel (Assistant Head)

How can parents help?

  • Nothing beats live music, so the opportunity to play an instrument (or sing) and to experience live concerts (in any genre) is ideal. The very early stages of learning an instrument can be pretty painful for all concerned (would you judge the standards of under-8s Saturday morning football by those of the Premier League?), but the long-term benefits are amazing. These are often cited as a boost to educational attainment and social skills. The purely musical benefit of expressing human emotions through the language of music is the reason we all persevere.
  • Singing together, in any setting, is a fantastic experience.
  • Birmingham is a great place for live music, with venues like Symphony Hall and CBSO Centre, the Hippodrome and the mac. Many of the city’s professional groups run family concerts.
  • Our partner company, Birmingham Contemporary Music Group, also runs free composing workshops in their ZigZag and Feel the Buzz programmes.
  • BBC4 and Sky Arts have increased hugely the amount of music on television, and are always worth scanning.

Opportunities out of lessons

Music Opportunities Out of Lessons

The School provides a huge programme of individual instrumental and vocal lessons, as well as a varied and structured array of ensembles to join.