Lead Teacher Miss J Clancy
Teachers: Miss E Palmer


Curriculum Intent

Music at Bishop Rawstorne is something that is accessible to everyone, whether that be through class lessons or instrumental lessons, external public performance, trips or professional performers coming into the school, we want students to understand and appreciate as wide a variety of music as they can.

 The curriculum is designed to cater to all students in KS3 that are going to be given the foundations of appreciating music from as many different genres and cultures. As well as this the curriculum is also aimed at creating the foundations for the new knowledge required to undertake music at KS4. A successful music curriculum cannot just be based within the classroom. The thought behind this is to still give the students an opportunity to access certain music that they would never understand or hear certain live performances. I feel this is imperative if we are to produce students that are going to be successful beyond their education.

 Music can play a huge part in their life, albeit not really realising this, through wellbeing and enjoyment and this is why the curriculum has followed this design. The curriculum at KS3 gives all the students the opportunity to experience all aspects of music – Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising. It also allows students to try to understand music on all levels, particularly the students who don’t opt for music at KS4. The 3 components discussed earlier are focused on at KS3 to provide the progression for students that do take the subject at KS4 that they have some foundations in order to access the course.

Alongside the classroom curriculum is the extra-curricular side to music, something we realise enhances the curriculum model, and certainly the more able students benefit from extra-curricular activities that then support better results in KS4.

Curriculum Implementation

The vision of the curriculum is shared within the department with both members, alongside the peripatetic staff working towards giving students the best musical experience in whatever form that may be. The students study a two year KS3 programme which includes three hours of music over a two week period.  At KS4 there are two different programmes which we offer – AQA GCSE Music of Btec Level 1/2 First Award in Music which focusses on Music Technology and Music Production.  The main implementation of our curriculum at KS3 is through practical tasks and assessments to hopefully allow not only for our students to learn but also express themselves and understand the wider impact of music. Below are our KS3 topic areas which are all assessed in practical tasks, with a mixture of ensemble and individual work.

 Programmes of Study: Music Key Stage 3

2021 – 2022 Year 7 Music








Rhythm & Pitch

Keyboard Skills

Gamelan Music


Ukulele: Counting Stars


Solo Musical Performance

2021 – 2022 Year 8 Music








The Blues

India and its Music

Harry Potter

Ukulele: I will Never Let you Down

Film Music

Theme & Variation

Band Musical Performance


Key Stage 4 Music


Outlined below are the topics that are studied during our KS4 years which prepare the students for their listening exam at the end of year 11. This includes a vast list of vocabulary not only that they need to learn but also recognise within every piece of music they hear. 

 AOS 1 – Western Classical Tradition 1650 – 1910

AOS 2 – Popular Music

AOS 3 – Traditional Music

AOS 4 – Western Classical since 1910

 Performance Skills and Ensemble Work

Composition and Composition Techniques 


Within the Btec Music course that has become very popular at the school, pupils will all complete a 1hour examination within year 10 or 11 based on the music industry.  Pupils will learn about different job roles, organisations and features that aid the music industry to work and be successful. As well as this, pupils will complete 3 other units of work.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product

This is a compulsory unit in which pupils will work as a small group or a class to put on a concert or produce an album in which they have to consider all of the aspects carried out within the music industry. Their final product will be used towards their assessment grade for this unit of work.

Pupils will then complete 2 other units of work from a selection provided by the exam board:

Unit 3: Introducing Live Sound

Unit 4: Introducing Music Composition

Unit 5: Introducing Music Performance

Unit 6: Introducing Music Recording

Unit 7: Introducing Music Sequencing



The Music department are proud to offer a wide range of lunchtime and after-school enrichment opportunities. As well as developing individuals independently through instrumental lessons we encourage ensemble groups and welcome all pupils within these groups.  We do have various ensemble groups which rehearse during school time on a weekly bases to give our students the opportunity to be part of a music ensemble, something as a department we think is invaluable to be able to fully appreciate and understand music.  As well as our regular enrichment opportunities we frequently plan various music trips which are set out below:

  • Bi-annual overseas trips
  • Going to watch live performances
  • School concerts twice a year
  • Solo and ensemble concerts throughout the year

The timetables below detail the current enrichment opportunities.

Curriculum Impact

Assessment of progress at Key Stage 3 happens each half term at the end of each unit of work.  Pupils will be assessed on their final performance which is either done independently or as part of a small ensemble.  Each lesson pupils will be developing their performance and/or composition skills in preparation for their final performance.  Every lesson pupils are assessed on their listening and appraising skills through a musical thoughts task at the start of the lesson.  This aid pupils in their listening skills linked to the main elements of music.  Verbal and written feedback is provided for every form of assessment.

Assessment of progress in GCSE Music is through the following:

  • Formative assessment after each new area of study.
  • Summative assessment after each performance or composition completed.
  • Teacher assessment and moderation of practical activities at specific points throughout the year.

Feedback after each assessment is provided to students in a timely manner, so that common misconceptions and areas of individual development can be effectively identified and worked upon.

Students are encouraged to complete independent performance practice as well as the required regular homework which is assigned weekly at GCSE Music.  This is either practical/composition based or linked to the listening and appraising area of the course.

Assessment of progress in BTEC Music is through the following:

  • Formative assessment after each Teaching and Learning component of each unit.
  • Formative and summative feedback at the end of each unit of work submitted after standardisation has taken place.
  • Verbal feedback and checklists provided every 2 weeks for each unit of work completed.

Formal feedback is provided within 10 days after final submission of a unit of work at Btec Music.  Specialist circumstances will be given after a final unit of work has been submitted if a pupil’s meets the needs set out by Btec.  Pupils are encouraged to complete independent work alongside their weekly homework set at Btec Music in KS4.  All pupils are encouraged to log the work that they complete every lesson and independently outside of their set class time.

Careers and Progression

The progression from Music is to encourage lifelong participation beyond Bishop Rawstorne. Music is a subject that can lead onto various different courses past KS4 in various areas which is why we offer the two different courses at KS4.

The progressions from GCSE or BTEC Music include

  • BTEC Level 3 in Music
  • A-level Music
  • BTEC Level 3 in Music Production or Technology
  • A-level in Advanced Audio Engineering
  • A-Level or Btec in Music Theatre

Careers for students studying GCSE or Btec Music can include:

  • Music Therapist
  • Composer
  • Live Event Production
  • Musical Performer
  • Session Musician
  • Musical Teacher
  • Recording Engineer
  • Musical Producer
  • Artist Manager
  • Tour Manager
  • Booking Agent
  • Music Publicist
  • Music Arranger