Music Key Stage 3

Music at Stretford High School is centred on the core principal that Music is for everyone.

In key stage 3 every student will have the opportunity to master a specific instrument that we have in school, this includes:

  • > Guitar
  • > Bass
  • > Piano/keyboard
  • > Drums
  • > And singing

Each student will access the topics across Music through on their chosen instrument with regular opportunities to perform and compose music in a modern curriculum.

Projects are usually longer at Stretford High School as our aim is to produce high quality Music that can be shared at regular concerts and community events.

In Key Stage 3 students will cover the following-

Year 7

Year 7 Curriculum OverviewSchemeContent
Term 1Introduction to Pop MusicLearning to play pop music instruments as a band
Term 2Own choice Song Students will pick a song of their choice to learn
Term 3Pop CompositionStudents will learn the key concepts of writing popular music


Year 8

Year 8 Curriculum OverviewSchemeContent
Term 1The BluesStudent will learn the history of blues music and play a 12 bar blues
Term 2Film MusicStudents will compose music for a film
Term 3Preparing for a concertStudents will prepare for a concert to showcase their previous work


Year 9

Year 9 Curriculum OverviewSchemeContent
Term 1World MusicStudent will learn about music from other cultures
Term 2Own ChoiceStudents will learn a second song of their choice
Term 3Managing a productStudents will prepare a CD of all their work

Students in year 7 will all receive a free instrumental lesson from one of our peripatetic teachers with the option to carry on into year 8 & 9.

Intent– why are we doing this?

The Music department takes this approach to ensure all students have the opportunity and access to high quality music making in an authentic way, by making relevant music with friends.

By taking this approach more students are able to enjoy music and to realise the possibilities of taking this forward into Key Stage 4 and beyond.

Implementation– how are we doing this?

During their time in KS3 students will master their chosen instrument in a band with their friends, a key principal in music making. By working with friends in an informal and independent way students are able to assess themselves and provide themselves and others with personalised targets.

Students will learn key skills from the start of year 7 and build on this throughout each topic, through a developing vocabulary of chords, styles and improvisation.

Impact– what will you get from this?

Students will develop……

….the skills to:

  • > Play chords, drum beats and rhythms
  • > Sing in tune
  • > Read music and graphic score (including TAB and chord charts)
  • > Play as a group/band
  • > Help and teach others

….knowledge of:

  • > The musical elements
  • > Musical arrangements
  • > How bands fit together and make their sound
  • > Their own targets
  • > Harmony

….understanding of:

  • > The instruments used in popular music
  • > Musical notation and chord diagrams
  • > Music in context (e.g. film, orchestral, blues and world music etc.)
  • > The organisation process of concerts and shows
  • > The history of popular music