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Year 9



In Year 9 students study four ten-week units over the course of the year. Students continue to develop the five key strands of the Music Curriculum in every topic they study; performing, singing, composing, improvising and critical engagement. The curriculum in Year 9 is designed to prepare students for GCSE Music, with a greater emphasis on independent learning, solo projects and more focused listening skills.



Assessment in music takes a holistic approach, looking at how each student has developed as a musician over the year. The assessments are ongoing and evidence is gathered throughout each topic in a variety of ways. These include audio/video recordings, written tests, notated compositions, written/spoken evaluations and musical performances. Marks are recorded on Go4Schools each half term.  


Music in the Media

A study of the ways in which music is used in TV, Film and Video Game Music, including storyboards, leitmotif, advert jingles and Music Technology. 

Film/Video Game composition and performance in pairs.

Listening Test.

Rhythms of the World

Students learn about music from around the world, through whole-class and group performances using authentic world music instruments such as Samba drums and Djembe drums.

End of unit performance and development over the term.

Group Composition

Listening Test.


Popular Music – Song Writing

Students learn how to compose a successful pop song, exploring various pop genres and specific techniques used by particular pop artists. 

Popular Song Composition.

Listening Test

Singing and performance development throughout the term.


Musical Futures

Following the popular ‘Musical Futures’ approach, students work as a whole class to prepare, rehearse and record a popular song. They then jump ‘in at the deep end’ taking on the challenge of working in groups to prepare an entire cover version of a song of their choice. 

End of unit performance and development over the term.