Music Curriculum at Edward Peake

Live  Love  Learn

The aim of music is to:

  • Perform, listen to, review and evaluate music across a range of historical periods, genres, styles and traditions, including the works of the great composers and musicians
  • Learn to sing and to use their voices, to create and compose music on their own and with others, have the opportunity to learn a musical instrument, use technology appropriately and have the opportunity to progress to the next level of musical excellence
  • Understand and explore how music is created, produced and communicated, including through the interrelated dimensions: pitch, duration, dynamics, tempo, timbre, texture, structure and appropriate musical notations                                                                      

“Praise him with trumpet sound; praise him with lute and harp! Praise him with tambourine and dance; praise him with strings and pipe! Praise him with sounding cymbals; praise him with loud clashing cymbals! Let everything that has breath praise the LORD!” Psalm 150:1-6


  • To enable all pupils to explore vocal and instrumental sounds and techniques
  • To enable pupils to have an understanding of written music in different forms
  • To give pupils the skills to analyse and evaluate the music they hear
  • To have an understanding of musical genres and their place in history


Pupils are encouraged to broaden and deepen knowledge whilst showing a positive attitude to learning. Pupils follow a ‘spiral’ curriculum developing their skills, historical knowledge and ability to read and write music in different forms, using music-specific vocabulary to describe and analyse the music they make and listen to.

  Live: Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons Learn: Independent, confident and successful learners
In the classroom Sequenced learning with prior learning revisited and built upon Range of topics studied to include music from other countries and cultures. Links made to English, Art and  Humanities in particular to give a ‘joined up’ view. Quality first teaching


Challenging activities

Broad and balanced offering

Variety of tasks, both written and practical allowing all learners to participate.

Out of the classroom Close links with feeder lower schools and upper schools to encourage smooth transitions. Bridging project with Year 8 into Year 9 at Stratton Pupils encouraged to select their own musical choices when appropriate. Visiting peripatetic teachers deliver instrumental and steel pan lessons. Pupils encouraged to join musical groups outside school. Careers display to  demonstrate how Music is important in the wider world and in each pupil’s future.  Knowledge organisers to encourage learning outside the classroom. Prior and personal knowledge and ideas welcomed. Those who play an instrument are encouraged to use it in their composition work.


Intervention strategies and support by subject leader.


Pupils achieve academically, are ready for their next steps in education and have high aspirations for their future.

  Live:  Pupils are prepared for the next stage of their education. Love: Broaden pupils’ horizons Learn: Independent, confident and successful learners
  Pupils are able to build on prior knowledge to develop further in subsequent topics.


KS3 pupils are upper school ready.

Pupils are prepared for the wider world.


Pupils extend their cultural capital by studying a range of genres and instrumental styles.

Pupils make use of music for their own wellbeing.


Pupils develop their skills of discussion, analysis and interpretation to be used in other subject areas and in a range of situations. Vocabulary to analyse and evaluate can be used in other subject areas at GCSE.


Motor skills gained through practical work can be adapted to other areas (PE, Art, Design).