Music Key Stage 3

In Music at Key Stage 3, students learn to 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.

Students learn to sing and use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others.

Students learn to understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, through the musical elements of: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations.

Students learn to play a musical instrument and use music technology to explore their musical ideas and capture the progress of their musical development.

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1The Music of KenyaReading Musical Notation
The Musical Elements
The Pentatonic Scale
Solo & group performing
Term 2The Music of Trinidad & TobagoScalic and chordal movement
Solo & group performing
Term 3The Music of Ashkenazi JewsKlezmer
The Freygish Scale
Sharps and flats
Solo & group performing


Year 8 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1The BluesKey signatures
The bassline
The Drum Kit
Band performance
Term 2ReggaeTranscribing
Constructing chords
The ‘back beat’
Swing beat
Band performance
Term 3Film MusicMood in music
The ‘motif’
The orchestra
Creating accompaniments


Year 9 Curriculum OverviewThemesUnit content
Term 1Pop MusicExtended chords/ harmonies
Chordal Patterns
Composing for band
Term 2ComposingComposing a melody
Composing an accompaniment
Creating mood
Term 3ArrangingThe Riff
The original theme