Music is a language that everyone can understand. Studying music allows you to work individually and as part of a group. It encourages you to challenge and express yourself. It will make you think, and feel, and hopefully have fun too!

In music lessons at Ashlawn School students learn the musical skills that they will need to advance their musical training to the next level, as well as valuable life skills which will enable them to be confident, resilient and effective members of society.

Music Curriculum Plan

Key Stage 3

In Year 7 students will study the voice, the keyboard, the guitar, the rudiments of music theory, musical forms and structures, and African music.

In Year 8 students continue to study the keyboard, the guitar, musical forms and structures, and the rudiments of music theory. The also study the Blues, Samba and Gamelan music.

Key Stage 4

In Year 9 students prepare for GCSE music, learning how to perform, compose and analyse music to the required standards. Weekly lessons in music theory underpin the learning and enable all students to read and analyse music effectively.

In Years 10-11 students perform, compose and analyse music from the four GCSE topics: Instrumental Music 1700 – 1820, Vocal Music, Music for Stage and Screen, and Fusions.

One solo and one ensemble performance (any genre) are recorded and submitted as coursework.

Two compositions (one free, one set by the examination board) are submitted as coursework.

A written paper covering the four GCSE topics is sat at the end of year 11.

A level

Students will perform compose and analyse music from four of the six areas of study: Instrumental Music of Haydn, Mozart and Beethoven, Popular Song: Blues, Jazz, Swing and Big Band, Developments in Instrumental Jazz 1900 to the present day, Religious Music of the Baroque Period, Programme Music 1820 – 1910, and Innovations in Music 1900 to the present day.

Students will be required to submit a recorded recital on their chosen instrument/voice, and a composition portfolio.

A written paper covering four out of the six areas of study is sat at the end of year 13.

Head of Music and Arts Enrichment
Miss K Loveless:

Music Teachers
Mrs C Solway:

Music Teachers
Mrs J Windebank:
Peripatetic Music Tuition
Mrs C Webster: