Key Stage 3 - Music (Years 7, 8 & 9)

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Year 7

Year 8 

 Year 9


Musical Elements

Renaissance Dance Music



African Drumming


Musical Cyles


Music & Media



Programme Music

Classical Music

Club Dance Music


Processional Music




Rock Music



Singing for the Stars

The Blues

Cool Keys


Musical Elements - Intro to musical elements and to provide a blanket basics for year group.
Renaissance Dance Music - Focus on period history and learning about dance suites.
Serialism/Chromaticism -  Period history and use of atonality.
African Drumming - Focus on drumming techniques and polyrhythm.
Musical Cycles - Focus on Gamelan, cannons and Minimalism.
Music & Media - Use of sound in film and TV.
Programme Music - Set a scene/mood through sound focus on melody and notation skills.
Classical Music - Focus on period history and learning about the Minuet dance.
Club Dance Music - Developing sequencing skills through a composition and remixing.
Processional Music - Music used for out doors entertainment, focus on Sambra
Romanticism - Timbre learning about orchestra and motif development
Rock Music - Focus on guitar skills and small group ensemble performance.
Singing for the Stars - Develop part/harmony vocal techniques eg. backing singing/piano styles.
The Blues - Focus on period history and learning about the 12 bar blues chord structure through song and intro to improvisation blues scale.
Cool Keys - Focus on developing blues through improvisation and performance.


Key Stage 4 - Music (Years 10 & 11)

Why take Music next year?

 How do I know if I'll be any good at it?

 What are the options available?

 What could it lead onto in the future?

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How do I know if I'll be any good at it?

Have you enjoyed Music in KS3?

Do you enjoy performing?

Do you desire to improve?

If you can play/sing/listen in lessons now you will be fine!

You ONLY need to be able to play 1 of the following instruments:


Even if you think its not to a high standard - I say it's just not to a high standard YET!

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What are the options available?

Options Available - GCSE

A new and exciting course learning about music from all parts of history and the world.

A must if you to go on to Music A Level or even a Music Degree.

Course Content


30% Performing

As a soloist and in an ensemble (band)

30% Composition

Write two of your own pieces

40% Listening Exam

A bit like 'Disc of the Week' but longer, and more Italian!


The course to choose if you want to understand Music better and want to know why and how things sound good.  You'll be able to perform better, compose better and listen with knowledge and understanding.


Options Available - BTEC

A new and exciting vocational course to prepare you for the world of work!

Course Content


33% Working in a Muscial Ensemble (Performing)

33% Creating your own Music Product (i.e. CD or concert)

33% The Music Industry (Jobs, careers and how to get them)


The option to take if you love performing Music in bands but don't like exams (or the Italian!).

  • Little music theory (Learn a lot in teams)
  • Learning is COURSEWORK and practical based
  • Improve rehearsal techniques, performance skills and confidence
  • Better at organising yourself
  • Understand what it means to become a professional musician
  • (Oh and you get to work in the recording studio!) 

What could it lead onto in the future?

Every thought of having a job where you spend the whole day listening to, performing and creating music?  TEACH MUSIC!

Teaching Music, either as a classroom teacher or as a peripatetic teacher.

Over 200 types of jobs are available including:-

  • Session Musicians
  • Recording Studio Engineer
  • Producer
  • Concert Hall Manager
  • Music Therapist
  • Composer of Film Music, TV Themes, Adverts, Apps, Wii games.

For further careers within the music industry look at

You will also gain the following skills to assist you in alternative areas of employment:-

  • Organisational and planning skills
  • Confidence
  • Greater written and oral communication skills
  • Self-motivation
  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • IT skills
  • Time management and prioritisation
  • Creativity
  • Leadership and teamwork
  • Career Planning


Any other reasons?

Because you enjoy it

Because it is fun

And it teaches you all of these and more!

  • Promotes cooperation, social harmony and teaches discipline
  • Music augments memory
  • Singing is a great way to aid/improve reading ability and instructions
  • Enhances language, pronunciation, grammar and vocabulary skills
  • Improves critical reading and writing
  • Decreases performance anxiety and teaches how to handle/manage stress
  • Channels unexpressed and/or negative emotions in a positive way
  • Boosts creative thinking
  • Reading music and performing memorized pieces help you to think ahead
  • Improvisation helps people to "think on their feet"
  • Self-esteem and self efficacy
  • Determination and perseverance
  • Higher levels of concentration

Music Concerts & Competitions

'There are plenty of opportunities to exhibt pupils talents throughout the school year!'


Autumn and Spring Term Music concerts have a wide range of pupils performing an equally wide range of musical genre, so something for everyone. Pupils have to audition to take part in the events and competition is high.

In the Summer term an interhouse music competition takes place where pupils from each tutor group audition to make it through to the final after-school concert to be crowned 'Hurst Musician(s) of the Year. Taking part in this events at any stage provides pupils' with points for their Tutor Group and House.

Music Workshops, Clubs & Trips


Each year the department takes 45 musicians to the West End to see two musicals, experience a sightseeing tour of London and visit its attractions.

We also stay in a 3 Star hotel overnight to ensure enough time to fit all this in.



The department regularly involves pupils in local music workshops.


Extra Curriculum Music Clubs








Lunch Club

Held in Music Department

Keyboard Club


Ukulele Club

String Group

G+T Yr7 Group

Flute Group


Saxophone Group

Vocal Group


After School Activities

Held in Room 306

Jazz Band


Alice Band

3pm - 4.15pm

Music Detentions


Rock School

3pm - 4.10pm


Recording Studio Club

3pm - 4.15pm




Feedback & Discussion Afternoons

After the Easter Holidays, every Thursday and Friday the Music Department will hold, via the telephone, parent/carer feedback and discussion afternoons.

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Mrs Long will be available on Thursdays from 3.10 - 4.30 pm and

Mrs Gamblin will be available on Fridays from 3.10 - 4.30 pm

This is an opportunity for parents/carers to phone in with any issues/questions.