Key Stage





Valid for

2018 - 2019






Performing and Creative Arts

Course Content & Assessment

Extra-curricular Music Activities
There is a wide range of rehearsing and performing opportunities throughout the year. Students are expected to be involved in extra-curricular music as part of GCSE and post-16 music course. Students are also encouraged to take a lead in running some activities e.g. guitar club and pop vocal workshop, under the guidance of staff. There is a full programme of music activities at lunchtimes, after-school and as special workshops, geared around student interests. These rehearsals are a major part of preparation for concerts and music productions. During most months in the school calendar there are public performances, either as a whole school or smaller scale event. Some music groups are specifically for our gifted and talented students; other groups are encouraging all students to experience a big performing experience e.g. The Big Choir, the Children in Need, the Christmas concert and the whole school production. JOQE, our jazz orchestra, continues recording tracks and has participated in joint workshops with Bournemouth & Poole College.

Starting from Year 9 we aim to identify and encourage musical creativity and expression, directing students along an educational pathway which will enable them in larger groups to achieve well at GCSE Music and BTEC Music or A-Level Music Technology. QE School Music Department aims to be at the forefront, creating a centre of musical excellence in Popular Music.

We seek to involve large groups of students in performances, such as in the annual Year 9 Children in Need Concert; enabling them to develop positively as young adults is a fundamental raison d’etre for our music department.

Students are taught in two well resourced rooms during year 9. One space is geared towards group rehearsing and performing projects, the other room is set-up as a keyboard/music technology suite using touch-sensitive keyboards and computers running music software including Cubase. Students will be given an introduction to playing guitar, bass, keyboard, drums as well as singing, with the possibility of starting instrumental lessons on these instruments in the future. We recognise that we have the skills and resourcing to introduce many young people to our Popular Music Academy in our new building.

Learning integrates listening, composing and performing activities, with students using a variety of ways to assess and improve the quality of their work. Essentially learning both in class and homework will be of a practical nature, involving skill development as listeners, composers and performers. Students will be introduced to a balanced programme of study drawn from a range of genre and musical contexts.

Entry Criteria & Progression