Key Stage 3

Pupils are taught for one hour lesson at Key Stage 3. The curriculum focuses on the three main skills of Performing, Composing and Listening and Appraising. Pupils use electronic keyboards in their music lessons as well as a variety of percussion instruments, band instruments and music technology. They also sing regularly in all years. The curriculum is tailored to give pupils access to a wide range of musical experiences while allowing pupils to develop cross curricular skills from topics studied including jazz and blues (History), world music (Geography) and minimalism (Maths) as well as more traditional genres.

  • Year 7: notation and keyboard, finding your voice, instruments of the orchestra, melody and accompaniment
  • Year 8: 4 chord songs, feeling festive, Fur Elise, Soundtracks
  • Year 9: Writing an 8 bar melody in bass clef and changing time signatures, Eine Kleine Nachtmusik, Jazz and Blues, Creating a pop song, working to ABRSM grade 1,2 or 3 piano.


Pupils are assessed formally at the end of each unit of work, which is normally at the end of a half term. In addition to this, there are also mid unit tests to help build a picture of the young musicians progress towards their end of unit level. The pupils also complete intervention after each assessment and mid unit assessment to work on areas they need to improve.

Key Stage 4

In Years 10 and 11, music is an option subject and pupils follow the EDUQAS syllabus. They receive 5 one hour lessons over two weeks. The weightings are 30% performing and 30% composition (which take the form of coursework) and 40% listening and appraising (which is a terminal exam). All pupils are expected to be regularly receiving lessons on an instrument and developing their own practical skills outside the classroom.

Extra-curricular activities

The school has a long musical tradition in the school ensembles. The music department prides itself in offering all pupils (no matter of ability/ musical tastes) to join an ensemble.

  • Tuesday Lunchtime – Unplugged (a group for gifted and talented pupils)
  • Tuesday Afterschool – Concert Band Thursday Dinner – Phoenix voices
  • All ensembles perform regularly throughout the school’s concert season. These include, Remembrance Day service, Carol Service, School Musical, Community concert, Festival of Music (A three day musical festival where feeder primary schools are also involved in the event)
  • The school also have a musical partnership with the Ludwig Uhland Gymnasium School in Kirchheim, Germany. Every two years, Up Holland high tour the town of Kirchheim and perform at local schools and festivals. The German school also tours the surrounding areas of Up Holland and performs for the community. Up Holland Concert band and Phoenix voices shall be touring Kirchheim in July 2017.

Instrumental Tuition

Instrumental teachers visit the department on a weekly basis providing tuition on drums, piano, guitar, woodwind, brass and singing. Lessons take place during the school day and are rotated to avoid missing other subjects. Parents are asked to pay a contribution towards the cost.

Lessons Start;

  • Drums
  • Singing
  • Woodwind
  • Guitar
  • Piano
  • Brass
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