Music Curriculum Overview

“Music is a moral law. It gives soul to the universe, wings to the mind, flight to the imagination, and charm to life.” Plato 

Being part of the Academy Transformation Trust family, we ensure our curriculum is ambitious and enjoyable through knowledge and skills developed throughout their time at Bristnall Hall. It is inclusive and knowledge rich and it is broad in terms of coverage and (at least) encompassing the breadth of the 2014 English National Curriculum. We ensure it meets the needs of our students and helps to develop character, personal pride and the highest moral standards. 

 Music is fundamental for confidence, teamwork and building mutual respect during ensemble, composition and performance. Students build skills including; timing, sociability, listening and problem solving. BHA fundamentally works on encouraging students to be thinkers and good communicators in Music which motivates creativity in performing and composing. 

 Music is encouraged through the experience and emotional response to the creative process. We aim to nurture feelings, enhance moods and enable pupils to reflect. Music encourages critical discussion in response to challenging music will be an integral process in learning and development. 

Education in Music allows communication with others. Self and peer reviewing are very important to enable learners to have an accurate grasp of where they are and how they need to improve. Working together in pairs of groups and supporting others is a key part of Music lessons. Music gives learners the opportunity to explore aspects of a wide variety of traditions with a diversity of genres, forms and purposes. 

 In KS3, learners will be able to locate notes on the Keyboard as well as reading simple music notation from sheet music and performing a variety of repertoire to an audience. Learners will explore vocal warm-ups and how the voice works for different styles and genres as well as developing skills by learning basic riffs and performing as a whole class or within small groups. Musical elements are also used to develop performance and compositional skills, looking at structure and timing. Learners will peer and self-assess performances and compositions using music terminology and growth mindset.  

 In KS4, learners will study the RSL qualification which is a practical, work related course in which assignments are completed based on realistic workplace situations, activities and demands. The RSL qualification introduces you to the employment area you have chosen and provides a good basis to progress on to more advanced, work related qualifications. 

 Teaching Staff 

  • Mrs S Westwood (Subject Leader) 

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