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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 P) Blues (L, C, S, P) Song Writing (L, C, S, P)
Autumn 2 Basic Skills (L, C, S, P) Rock N Roll (L, C, S, P) Musicals (L, C, S, P)
Spring 1 Instruments of Orchestra (L, P) Jazz and Improvisation (L, C, P) Film Music (L, C, P)
Spring 2 Contemporary Instruments (L, C, P) Jazz and Improvisation (L, C, P) Film Music (L, C, P)
Summer 1 Folk Music (L, C, S, P) Reggae and the Caribbean (L, S, P) Music and the Media (L, C, S, P)
Summer 2 Rhythm and Africa (L, S, P) Samba (L, C, P) Music and the Media (L, C, S, P)

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

BTEC Music

What will I learn?

Unit 1: The Music Industry – This unit provides an overview of the music industry, particularly focusing on the shape of the modern industry and covering the emergence of the role of the self-employed producer, performer and promoter.

Unit 2: Managing a Music Product –This unit looks at the development of a music product. It introduces the role of planning and promotion in the management of a music product. Learners can base their work on a live concert, event, a CD or online product.

Two optional specialist units chosen from

  • Introducing Live Sound
  • Introducing Music Composition
  • Introducing Music Performance
  • Introducing Music Recording
  • Introducing Music Sequencing

How will I learn?

BTEC Music helps you to understand how the music industry works. It covers the business side, promotion, performing, composing, production, sound engineering, studio recording and live sound. There are many opportunities to use music technology including sequencing, sampling, recording, mixing, editing and engineering.

You will learn about all aspects of the creation of a music product, from selling tickets to a live concert, understanding the health and safety aspects, to producing a CD/playlist and marketing it.

Through performing, composing and listening, pupils will learn how music is constructed from initial ideas through to the finished product and will produce extended compositions. You will have the opportunity to work on solo and group performance and recording skills.

How will I be assessed? 

Unit 1 The Music Industry External Examination— 1 Hour
Unit 2 Managing a Music Product Internal Synoptic
2 Optional specialist units Internally assessed/externally verified


What can I progress to?

GCSE Music is useful for any job that involves communication and expressive skills. It is also a good preparation for further musical study and a solid foundation for the AS/A Levels in Music and Music

Technology as well as BTEC National Diplomas in Music, Popular Music and Music Technology. Future jobs might include careers in in the music industry, publishing, entertainment and teaching.

Further Information
Mrs A Henry