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Curriculum: Music Key Stage 3


Our main aim at Richard Lander is to get students involved; to raise their confidence in singing and in instrumental playing. We want students to enjoy the academic learning of music, both individually and in small groups, as they devise, create and perform their own music. We encourage all students to join one of our many music extra-curricular activities and attend on a weekly basis to help them build on their performance confidence outside of the classroom.

At Key Stage 3 pupils build on their previous knowledge and skills through performing, composing and listening. Students develop their vocal and instrumental fluency, accuracy and expressiveness. They further learn to understand musical structures, styles, genres and traditions. Students learn to listen with increasing discrimination and awareness to inform their practice

In Year 7, students will learn basic keyboard, guitar and percussion skills (through learning to play the beautiful music from the Indonesian Gamelan) and begin to devise and perform short pieces. All Year 7 students learn how to sing unison and part songs, which they perform at Truro Cathedral at the Christmas Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. Students explore folk music, European medieval music and learn about the roots of modern day music. Students take part in the First Access music programme in term 3 where they practice an orchestral instrument. In previous years students have tried brass, string and woodwind instruments.

In Year 8, students continue to develop their practical keyboard skills, extend their composition work and participate in more involved ensembles. Students are introduced to the African Djembe drums and learn how to write their own popular music. Students also learn to play Baroque orchestral pieces in a classroom setting

In Year 9, all pupils further develop their performance skills by playing in ensembles. They are able to specialise on their preferred instrument when participating in the band project. Students also learn to manage their product in this project through completing tasks in job roles similar to those in the music industry. Students learn how to perform in a whole group samba band and further develop their music technology skills, utilising computers and targeted music software. Students are encouraged to compose and arrange music in a variety of styles and genres and explore music for stage and screen. Year 9 students complete the year studying world music, including reggae and Indian music.

If you have any further questions please email

A curriculum overview calendar for Years 7-11 Music is available here 

Ms S Jones - Head of Music

Richard Lander School