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There are many benefits to the study of Music and it is imperative that students are given a thorough grounding in the understanding and application of Music. The Music Department at Thomas Aveling is a place where students can come and develop their musical skills through rehearsal and practice. Every student at Thomas Aveling is given the opportunity to study an instrument of their choice, we currently offer voice, flute, piano, saxophone, clarinet, guitar, trumpet, bass and drums. Students are also encouraged to join one of the many Music clubs to help them develop their confidence and their ability to work in a team.

Subject Leader: Mr G Gannon (

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3 students follow a course which builds on their knowledge and skill in the three areas of Listening, Composing and Performing music from a wide range of styles and cultures including classical music, music from Africa, Blues songwriting, keyboard skills, Film music and music from India. Music is a collaborative art and students regularly work together to create their practical work.

Year 7

  • Introduction to Notation
  • Programme Music
  • Theme and Variation
  • African Drumming and Singing

Year 8

  • Film Music
  • Indian Music
  • Keyboard skills and Ostinato
  • Blues Music

Key Stage 4 – GCSE MUSIC (1-9)

Exam board: AQA

If students choose to study Music at KS4 they work towards completing the GCSE qualification in Music. The course is divided into three main sections; Composition, Performance and Listening. Pupils will complete 60% of their coursework before their written exam at the end of the course. The course is highly practical and encourages pupils to listen and perform music from 1600, right up to the modern day.

Year 9

  • Music Theory
  • Instrumental recognition and Aural skills
  • The fundamentals of rehearsal
  • Melody and Harmony writing
  • Stylistic awareness
  • Analysis of Set work – Beatles: Sgt Pepper’s Album (3 songs)

Year 10

  • Analysis of Set work – Haydn: Clock Symphony
  • Song writing
  • Orchestration
  • Developing a Performance for Ensemble
  • Developing a Solo Performance
  • Aural Skills

Year 11

  • Exam techniques
  • Contextual awareness of Music
  • Component 1: Set Composition Brief
  • Aural Skills