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