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City of Peterborough Academy

KS3 Music

Music Curriculum

At The City of Peterborough Academy the Music Department supports pupils to achieve and exceed their potential. We aim to achieve this by creating positive learning environments in which practical, creative and flexible teaching methods are a feature of all music lessons. 

Extra-curricular activities on offer aim to increase pupil motivation for, and enjoyment of, school music, to engage all pupils in music participation and to help pupils to become more confident with music making, raising their self-esteem.  All instrumental lessons in Year 7 at the City of Peterborough Academy are free of charge.

Our schemes of learning aim to develop musical and leadership skills whilst also developing independent learning. Pupils study a wide range of music from Samba, African Music, Djembe drumming, Keyboard Instrumental Skills and ‘Exploring Music Technology.’  The Music curriculum also serves to improve performance skills and develop pupil understanding of a range of musical genres and cultures.

Year 7

Pupils in Year 7 study a broad curriculum to ensure that some of the basic skills are in place in order to achieve their full potential throughout KS3.

Pupils start their year by exploring the key musical elements and create their own ‘haunted house’ composition. Throughout the year students will develop their keyboard skills, including learning how to play the keyboard with two hands.

Towards the end of the year pupils in year 7 study African music using cyclic rhythms and boxed notation. 

Year 8

Music in Year 8 is a trip around the world (not literally!) to discover and play music from different cultures. Pupils start in Brazil, move up to the USA to study blues, and look at how slavery led to the 12 bar blues, before heading off to the Caribbean island of Jamaica to study Reggae.

Pupils then move to the east and explore music from Indonesia followed by Indian Raga.

By the end of Year 8 pupils have explored the cultural differences of music from around the world.

Year 9

Pupils in Year 9 begin to consolidate their musical skills and build on their team work skills to perform music from different genres such as rock music and pop music. In these topics pupils will consider job roles required in the music business.

Pupils look into the importance of music in film and have the opportunity to play or compose music for the screen.

Pupils then begin thinking about whether music is an option for them at GCSE level and take skills learnt throughout KS3 with them on their journey.

Music Staff

Music Teacher Miss L Sheldrake