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Arend Koeditz

Beauty Therapy

About the subject

Year 7 Overview

Year 8 Overview

‘Where words fail, music speaks.’

- Hans Christian Andersen


Music is often said to be a universal language. In fact, people have been using music to express themselves throughout human history across the world. For this reason, studying different styles of music and different instruments can be a creative and exciting way to learn about people from all types of backgrounds and cultures. On top of this, learning how to compose and perform your own music lets you find new and exciting ways to express yourself.

In year 7, pupils learn about the basic elements of music in three different units:

1. An introduction to singing

2. An introduction to the keyboard

3. An introduction to music technology

In each unit pupils expand their understanding of elements of music such as pitch, dynamics, tempo, and timbre through performing, composing and listening. In each unit, pupils learn to perform in many different styles of music from around the world.

In year 8, pupils build on their understanding of the elements of music by studying four different styles of music:

1. Rap music

2. The waltz

3. Club dance music

4. Music for rock band

In each unit, pupils develop their musical understanding through composing and performing in the relevant style of music. During the band project, lasting 12-14 weeks, pupils learn how to play guitar, and drum kit, while also continuing to develop their keyboard playing and singing. Most pupils work towards a final performance in a rock band.

Year 9 Overview

In year 9, pupils consolidate their understanding of the elements of music through 3 larger projects:

1. Year 9 band project

2. Exploring disco music

3. Song-writing

The year 9 band project allows pupil to specialize on just one band instrument within their group, culminating in a high-quality final performance. The disco project allows pupils to explore advanced music technology and produce their own disco track. The song-writing unit brings together everything pupils have learned since year 7 in preparation for GCSE Music. In this unit, pupils create their own full–length composition, using a range of music technologies, instruments, and rehearsal spaces.


Year 10 Overview

In year 10, pupils who have chosen to study GCSE music, begin to learn about a wide range of musical styles. The musical styles studied range from Indonesian Gamelan and African Acappella, to Baroque Chamber Music, Club Dance Music, and Romantic Song. Lessons are designed to integrate performing, composing and listening, allowing pupils to develop an advanced understanding of diverse musical styles, which is backed up by a clear theoretical framework. During year 10, pupils also complete their first coursework composition, and solo performance. This allows them to focus on developing their ability on their chosen instrument.


All GCSE music pupils at Robert Clack School receive specialist tuition on their chosen instrument once every week.


Year 11 Overview

In year 11, pupils continue to consolidate their understanding of the diverse areas of study, while also developing a more individual playing and composing style of their own. They also produce a second composition based on the music they have studied, record an ensemble performance, and reflect on their learning in two written pieces of coursework. In year 11, pupils also sit a practical ‘creative task’ examination and a final listening examination, each of which contributes 20% to the final GCSE grade. The coursework performances and compositions are worth 60% of the final grade.


Pupils who are considering to continue with Music A-level will spend a considerable amount of time in year 11 developing advanced musical literacy and music theory skills in preparation for the demands of the A-level course.



Exam board used for GCSE

The Robert Clack School Music department uses the OCR GCSE Music specification as this allows pupils with all levels of musical education to achieve highly.


The course code is: J535

Link to the specification from the exam board

(A) Lower Site

Green Lane Lower Site




Tel: 02082704222

Fax: 020 8270 4220

(B) Upper Site

Gosfield Road Upper Site




Tel: 020 8270 4200

Fax: 020 8270 4210