‘Be Confident, Be Creative, Be Inspiring’

Key Stage 3

Music at The Blue School is engaging and student enthusiasm is strong – we want your child to have a fantastic, rich musical experience with us. We have made major investment into the department to include a new technology suite as well as our dedicated teaching spaces and our passionate team of creative musicians have developed an exciting curriculum that will encourage your child to achieve in all areas of music - listening, performing and composing. They will gain an understanding of how to use music as an expressive force, through individual, paired and group work. 

Students receive one lesson a week in KS3 which increases if they progress into GCSE/A-Level. They will use technology and live instruments in every year, at different points in the curriculum.  

We have a growing extra-curricular programme including two choirs, an orchestra, flute group, guitar club, multiple bands, music tech clubs and a student-led folk ensemble. We have a close relationship with the Priddy Folk Festival, presenting students on the main stage every year as part of a major project. Music plays a large part in school productions, and we aim to run multiple concerts throughout the year. 

Y7 students will learn about elements of music (Rhythm/Pitch/Tempo/Timbre/Structure/Dynamics) to create a strong foundation for the remainder of KS3 and ultimately GCSE. They will focus in the first term on singing in preparation for the Founders Day service and on group music making in the second term prior to the Carol Service in which students will have the opportunity to perform. After Christmas the focus turns to developing skills and learning instruments, namely the ukulele, the keyboard and the music software on the iMacs.  They continue to develop their performing, composing and listening skills through work on keyboards, ukulele and specialist music software until the end of Year 9, taking in topics such as The Orchestra, Music for Film, Reggae, Music for Adverts, Musical Theatre and Hip Hop.

Key Stage 4