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 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 Introduction to Pop Music In the first of 3 connected units students will have the opportunity to try out all of the instruments in the music department and select what their specialist instrument will be. By the end of the unit students will be able to perform a song in their band.
Term 2 Own choice Song Taking what students learned in the first unit they will pick a song of their choice and learn it in their band. Students will begin to master their chosen instrument and begin to make creative decisions.
Term 3 Pop Composition Students will learn the key concepts of writing popular musician the final unit of year 7 students will take what they know and write a song themselves. Some groups will be invited to play in school gigs.


Year 8 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 Hip Hop and using tech creatively Students will explore hip hop and its social impact in America and across the world. Students will produce a track and a rap that shows understanding of social justice and current issues.
Term 2 Music for film and TV Students will produce a piece of music that works with a short. There will be the opportunity to use music technology creatively and to share this with parents.
Term 3 Creating a product Students will promote a concert that they and others may be performing at. This will look at promotion and the music industry.


Year 9 Curriculum Overview Topic Unit content
Term 1 Taking Pop music further In year 9 we will begin preparing for the BTEC music in key stage 4, each unit links directly with this and the way we will work in year 10 and 11. Students will have the opportunity specialise in a particular genre of music, this will be through learning songs and completing a project on a chosen artist.
Term 2 Own Choice Building on the work in y7 and 8 students will develop their repertoire so they are prepared to perform in key stage 4.
Term 3 Managing a product In this unit students will develop a product based on the work they have completed in key stage 3. there will be the opportunity to record work and produce this as an album.


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