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Curriculum: Music Key Stage 4

Students who opt for the Key Stage 4 course will follow the Edexcel GCSE course, which has proved to be very successful for our students. We would recommend students considering the GCSE course to have a real appreciation of music and to play an instrument or sing to a reasonable standard.

The aims of the Music GCSE are to:

  • Encourage students to be inspired, moved and changed through appreciating music from a wide range of contexts
  • Develop broader skills such as: critical and evaluative skills, creative and aesthetic skills as well as sensitivity, emotional awareness, cultural understanding, self-discipline and self-confidence
  • Enable students to engage directly with music, to develop their own instrumental skills and to compose and perform confidently in individual and group contexts

The compositional and performance elements of the course are assessed internally whilst the listening and appraising elements are studied through formal external examination.

For additional information relating to the Music curriculum at Key Stage 4 please email

Mrs S Whomersley - Music Teacher

Richard Lander School