The music curriculum focuses on the development of three different disciplines – performing music, composing music and listening to & appraising music. The three disciplines are not, however, taught as individual elements of music; instead they are explored together with the aim of building the necessary skills and knowledge required for future study and/or employment. At KS3, students explore a variety of different genres, each one belonging to a wider ‘area of study’ – Popular Music (including music for Film and Stage), World Music, Music Technology, Band/Instrumental Skills and Classical Music. Throughout each genre, students will develop appropriate skills identified in the 3 three disciplines above, but will also repeatedly study the use of musical elements in the creation and performance of music. The structure of the curriculum intends for students to revisit the same musical elements and skills, but in slightly different settings so as to reinforce the knowledge of these ‘building blocks of music’, whilst also challenging students to apply this knowledge when creating/performing music.
At KS4, students continue the study of musical elements and the three different disciplines identified in paragraph one, but are challenged to engage with this knowledge at a greater depth. Furthermore, throughout KS4, students begin to work as an individual musician, therefore focussing on the music and style within which they wish to work. The curriculum is designed so as to allow for this flexibility, and to encourage students to flourish as individual artists, whilst also exploring music outside of their comfort zones. The curriculum is also designed to support the development and growth of life skills, which are an integral part of the development of the subject specific skills as well as creating well-rounded individuals. The core principles that are developed would include: problem solving, perseverance, diligence, team work, time management, organisation, responsibility, cultural history, listening skills, confidence, social skills, discipline, self-evaluation, interpersonal skills, sense of achievement.