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Curriculum: Music Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3, our first aim is to get students involved: to raise their confidence in singing and in instrumental playing.  We also want students to have a lot of fun, both individually and in small groups, as they devise, create and then perform their pieces.

The main areas of study include:

  • Keyboard skills
  • Musical literacy
  • Singing and listening
  • Compositional and performance skills
  • Wider musical appreciation

In Year 7, students experience a broad introduction to the above areas of focus.  They will learn basic keyboard skills and begin to devise and perform short pieces.

In Year 8, students continue to develop their practical keyboard skills, extend their composition work and participate in more involved ensembles. Music technology is introduced and students also develop their general musical knowledge through listening and evaluating as well as through written assignments.

In Year 9 all pupils further develop their keyboard skills by playing in ensembles. There is a greater emphasis on music technology, utilising computers and targeted music software. Students are encouraged to compose and arrange music in a variety of styles and genres.

For additional information relating to the Music curriculum at Key Stage 3 please email

Mrs S Whomersley - Music Teacher

Richard Lander School