St Columba's Catholic Boys' School



Purpose of study

Music is a universal language that embodies one of the highest forms of creativity. A high-quality music education should engage and inspire pupils to develop a love of music and their talent as musicians, and so increase their self-confidence, creativity and sense of achievement. As pupils progress, they should develop a critical engagement with music, allowing them to compose, and to listen with discrimination to the best in the musical canon.


The national curriculum for music aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the inter-related dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

In music we deliver a broad curriculum with an aim to provide an insightful knowledge of musical understanding, and quality of performance. We begin with basic theory of notation and rhythms as well as learning how to perform simple tunes on the keyboard. Developing the pupil’s knowledge of how music is achieved, created and delivered is very important and so is reinforced in every topic we approach.

Performing and composing different styles of music is encouraged in every topic throughout each term and will involve performances of a solo and group nature. Exploring the creative avenue in groups improves many basic human skills that are needed in the workplace later on in life, and confidence is built through solo performances also.

In the music curriculum we teach pupils how to extend the way they perceive different styles of music through their musical responses and their understanding of how musical elements work. This includes melody, harmony, rhythm, tempo, form, texture and timbre; the way these elements work together to create musical effects and traditions.

The curriculum is regularly updated to allow progression, through addressing weaknesses as well as strengths applying the disciplines that are needed for such a practical subject. It is aimed at developing pupils as a whole person, seeking to raise awareness through the arts within the school.

“mistakes are part of the game. It’s how well you recover from them, that’s the mark of a great player.” – Alice Cooper

Year 7 Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Melody & Rhythm – Pt 1 Melody & Rhythm – Pt 2
Spring Gamelan Music – Pt 1 Gamelan Music – Pt 2
Summer Chinese Music Ukulele Rocks


Year 8 Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Indian Classical Music. African Music .
Spring Blues Music – Pt 1. Blues Music – Pt 2.
Summer Film Music. Sound Creation.


Year 9 Term 1 Term 2
Autumn The 4 Chords Project. Elements of Pop.
Spring Using a Digital Audio Workstation. Creating Music for Games/Film.
Summer Rhythms of the World Pt 1. Rhythms of the World Pt 2.


Year 10 Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Musicianship Project 1.
Music Theory Project 1.
Conventions of Pop Music – AoS 5.
Musicianship Project 2.
Music Theory Project 2.
Conventions of Pop Music – AoS 5.
Spring Solo Performance – Developments Pt 1.
Music Theory Project 3.
Rhythms of The World – AoS 3.
Solo Performance – Developments Pt 2.
Music Theory Project 4.
Film Music – AoS 4 Introduction
Summer Elements of Composing – Pt 1.
Solo – 1st draft recording
Music Theory Project 5.
Film Music – AoS 4.
Concerto Through Time – Introduction
Elements of Composing – Pt 2.
Solo – 2nd draft recording.
Music Theory Project 6.
Concerto Through Time
AoS 2.


Year 11 Term 1 Term 2
Autumn Start Composition 1.
Revision of OCR Area of Studies (2 – 5).
Final Recording of Solo performances.
Composition 1 – deadline end of term.
Ensemble Practice.
Annotation 1 Write-up.
Revision of OCR Area of Studies (2 – 5).
Spring Start Composition 2.
Ensemble Practice.
Revision of OCR Area of Studies (2 – 5).
Composition 2 – deadline end of term.
Annotation 2 Write-up.
Final Recording of Ensemble performances.
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