Team Members

Head of Music: Miss R Goode
Teacher of Music: Mr J Smith

Visiting Peripatetic Staff

String Tutor : Mr Jim Taylor

Vocal Tutor : Ms C Rourke

Drum Tutor : Mr V Pearson

Guitar Tutor : Mr M Lynch

Brass Tutor : Mr P Exton-McGuinness

Woodwind Tutor : Mr J Lewis

Piano Tutor: Mrs K Lewis

Key Stage Three

Pupils receive one lesson of music a week in Year 7 and Year 8 and spend this time developing their performance, composition and listening skills. Students begin in Year 7 exploring the elements of music through body percussion, increasing their confidence as both solo and ensemble performers. Students further develop their musical skills through the study of the recorder, the ukulele, musicals, keyboards and rock band instruments. The course content for Year 8 reinforces the foundation of knowledge, experience, understanding and skills developed in Year 7. Students study the Blues, minimalism, film music, dance music and music from around the world.

Key Stage Four – AQA GCSE Music

What will I study?
During this course, you will grow as a musician by developing your performing, listening and composition skills.
Component 1: Understanding Music (40%)
At the end of the course, you will sit a listening exam that lasts 1 hour and 30 minutes. You will answer a variety of questions about music from the 1600s to present day and will learn about each area of study by taking part in practical, interactive activities. To support this area of the course, you will visit The Beatles Story in Liverpool and watch orchestras such as The Hallé Orchestra perform the set works.

Component 2: Performing Music (30%)
You will produce two performances – a solo performance and an ensemble performance. Throughout the course, at least one hour a week will be dedicated to developing your performance skills. You will form ensembles such as rock bands and have the opportunity to perform in assemblies and concerts. GCSE music students are given free individual instrumental lessons and will have access to our state of the art recording studios.

Component 3: Composing Music (30%)
You will compose two pieces of music. One is based on a composition brief and the second composition can be about anything you like! Compositions are completed using professional music software such as Sibelius and Logic Pro.

Key Stage Four – NCFE Level 2 Technical Award in Music Technology

What will I study?
During this course, you will study general musicianship skills, as well as developing an understanding of technology used in the music and recording industry. You will study four units:

Unit 1: Using a Digital Audio Workstation
This unit allows learners to develop skills in operating a DAW creatively using audio, MIDI, hardware and editing tools. Learns will create a project in response to a brief, reflecting industry skills.

Unit 2: Creating Music 
Learners will develop skills to analyse stylistic elements of music and develop a piece of music based on a specific style.

Unit 3: Studio Recording
Learners will plan and undertake a recording session for a given scenario. Learners will create a mixdown of their recording and review the final product.

Unit 4: Sound Creation
Learners will explore sound creation and apply their knowledge to a given brief. They will create and review their own original sound creation project.

How will I be assessed?

  • 50% Internal Assessment – a portfolio of your work produced in class.
  • 15% Listening Test – a listening exam that asks a variety of questions relating to all four units covered in the course.
  • 35% Practical Test – a practical exam relating to the operation of software

Marking Policy

Music Marking Policy


We aim to set homework that stretches and challenges students so they make further progress. Homework should be used to allow students to recap and consolidate their learning as well as acquire more knowledge. Homework is set once a week for students in Key Stage Three and this will be completed in their homework booklets. Students in Key Stage Four will be set a key word test, at least thirty minutes of practise and a listening question each week.

Students must make a written note of their homework and check Show My Homework regularly for more information. If students do not understand the requirements of their homework, they must speak to their subject teacher.


Within the department we aim to provide all students with timely, high quality feedback on the work they are producing in lesson and at home. Our marking provides information regarding how well students performed during a particular piece of work, their progress to date and feedback on their effort and AtL. Students should then respond in a positive manner to this by improving their work to ensure they make further progress.

KS3 – At KS3, SoW are delivered in 6 week blocks. At the end of every lesson, students self-assess using their success criteria trackers for each topic, stating the grade that they achieved in the lesson and the steps that they need to take to achieve the next grade. Students peer-assess performances twice a half term and give verbal feedback.

KS4 – At KS4, SoW can vary in length. We will deep mark every 6 lessons. The deep mark will take place following an assessment, essay, homework or exam question(s). Following this deep mark, students will respond to targets set to improve their work. The teacher will then check these improvements and where appropriate, re grade work.

Instrumental Lessons and Enrichment

Students have the opportunity to receive a twenty minute instrumental lesson on strings, voice, drums, guitar, brass, woodwind and piano. All students are encouraged to attend the wide range of enrichment activities on offer at OCA.