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The Aylestone music department aspires to develop musically confident and creative pupils, who develop a love and interest for music across a range of genres and styles in a way that helps to build confidence and musicianship. We strive to motivate, inspire and engage young musicians through a wide range of musical contexts to develop performance, composition, listening and singing skills whilst nurturing their creativity. We provide the opportunities to enrich pupils’ lives and prepare them for their next stage of education and a future career within the music industry.


By continuing to deliver and develop schemes of work which are accessible and stimulating for all pupils through a variety of genres, styles and musical contexts such as; elements of music, Blues and film Music. Progression should be evident as pupils move through key stage 3 and as they tackle more complex and demanding concepts and practices if they choose to follow the BTEC music pathway.  Pupils will focus on the four key strands of music education which include listening, composing, performing and singing as they explore new and exciting musical pathways. They will be encouraged to show strong musicianship skills by working as an ensemble, maintain good relationships with their peers and having a positive attitude towards practice and performance.


By the end of their studies at Aylestone, pupils should have developed confidence and creativity as well as a genuine interest in music and the music industry. Pupils should be prepared for their next stage of education and aware of the opportunities available to them within the subject area. Pupils should feel like they can share the joy of music within a growing network of musicians across the country and within the wider community. 

  Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
Autumn 1 Elements of Music (L, S, C, P) Blues (L, C, P) Song Writing (L, C, S, P)
Autumn 2 Elements of Music (L, S, C, P) Rock N Roll (L, C, P) Musicals (L, C, S, P)
Spring 1 Instruments of the Orchestra (L, C, P) World Music (L, C, S, P) Film Music (L, C, P)
Spring 2 Instruments of the Orchestra (L, C, P) World Music (L, C, S, P) Film Music (L, C, P)
Summer 1 Keyboard Skills (L, C, P) Jazz (L, C, S, P) Music for TV (L, C, P)
Summer 2 Folk Music (L, S, P) Performance Skills (L, P) Music for TV (L, C, P)

L - Listening, S - Singing, C - Composing, P - Performing

BTEC Tech Award In Music Practice

What will pupils learn?

This course provides an engaging and relevant introduction to the music industry. The TECH award gives learners the opportunity to develop sector-specific applied knowledge and skills through realistic vocational contexts. The main focus is on four areas of equal importance, which will cover;

  • Development of key skills that prove learners’ aptitude in music, such as responding to a musical brief, using musical skills and techniques.
  • Effective ways of working within the music industry, such as the development of musical ideas, and using skills and techniques for rehearsal, creation, production and performance.
  • Personal management and communication.
  • Musical skills and styles.

How will pupils learn?

The course will be delivered through the combination of theory and practical lessons which will aim to develop their skills such as using musical elements, music creation, performance and music production. This course will give pupils the opportunity to apply knowledge and skills in practical way through exploration and development of techniques and styles, whilst enhancing pupils knowledge and understanding of the key theoretical aspects.

How will pupils be assessed?

Throughout the course pupils will study three mandatory components covering the underpinning knowledge and skills required within the music industry. The assessments will be a mixture of written assignments, practical performances and a practical exam:



Exploring music products and styles

Internally Assessed

Music skills development

Internally Assessed

Responding to a music brief

External Exam

What can pupils progress to?

If pupils are interested in taking their study of music further, studying this qualification will give them a strong foundation for academic and vocational study at level 3. Further study includes apprenticeships, AS/A levels in music and music technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas in music, popular music and music technology. Further jobs might include careers in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching.

Further information

Mrs A. Henry