Department Overview

Music is taught by Miss Rafferty. The department is housed in two purpose-built classrooms in the Arts area. Both classrooms have keyboards, drum kits, access to acoustic and electric guitars, two class sets of Ukuleles and a broad range of percussion instruments from all musical cultures. The department also has three separate practice rooms, which offers pupils chance to rehearse solo work in bands and other small ensembles.

Music is taught in mixed ability groups.


Key Stage 3

The Key Stage 3 Curriculum has been structured to give all pupils the chance to develop musicianship skills, so that any pupil with a passion for the subject can achieve a Music qualification by the end of Year 11. They will enhance their composition, performance and listening skills.

In Year 7 Students will study a selection of topics such as The Voice, Keyboard Unit- Heart and Soul, African Drumming, Theme and Variations and Blues Music.

In Year 8 students will enhance their skills from year 7 and focus on more in depth skills. They will learn how to play the Ukulele, Samba Music and Advanced Cover Songs.

In Year 9 students will follow a musical futures curriculum where they will have the opportunity to rehearse and perform in class bands on separate instruments.


Key Stage 4

The Music Department offers the BTEC Level 1/Level 2 First Certificate in Music. This course is assessed through a written exam (25% of the final exam) and coursework presented under controlled conditions (75%).

Music is taught in mixed ability groups. Pupils receive two hours of tuition per week.

Year 10 follow

  • Unit 4 (Introducing Composition) – assessed November and January
  • Unit 5 (Introducing Solo Performance – Learning Aim A) – assessed July
  • Unit 1 (The Music Industry) – assessed January or June Year 11

Year 11 follow to complete the course

  • Unit 5 (Introducing Solo Performance – Learning Aim B) – assessed December
  • Unit 1 (The Music Industry) – assessed in a written exam, January or June
  • Unit 2 (Planning a Music Product) – assessed April


Extra-Curricular Opportunities

The Music Department offer a range of Music Activities for students to excel.

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
A01 Arts award groups Year 7 bands Choir Ukulele group Silver & Bronze Arts award
A02 Year 8 band Year 9 band
Afterschool Arts award groups/Support BTEC Catch up

Solihull Music Service- School bands or individual bands are invited to perform at the many concerts the Solihull Music Service provide for the Borough. Please speak with the Music teachers about this exciting opportunity.

Catch Up Club- Key Stage 4 Students are invited into the Music Department every break and lunch time as well as afterschool to catch up on their coursework.

Students are welcome to rehearse individually or for personal bands with teacher’s permission.

Trips- There are many trips on offer within the music department that students are invited to partake. Recent trips include Symphony Hall, The Cavern Club Liverpool, The Core Theater Solihull and annual theatre trips to London.

Arts Award- Students can take part in the Arts Award qualification through a music pathway. Speak to Miss Rafferty for more information.


Career Options

This qualification could lead to a career as a

  • Musician
  • Composer
  • Musical Director
  • Agent
  • Artist’s Manager
  • Studio Manager
  • Promoter
  • Teacher
  • Music Therapist
  • Artist in Residence
  • Music Journalist
  • Broadcaster


Contact the Head of Department

For further information, please contact Miss O Rafferty