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Stewards Academy

Stewards Academy

Science Specialist


Subject Intent

Music provides joy and solace on demand, whether we are composing, playing or listening.

Singing is free and almost a human necessity

It creates a universe of our own and gives us confidence in our ability to express, communicate and learn.

The study of music helps us understand why we experience certain emotional responses and why music holds such meaning for us as humans.

It also:

  • Brings with it many skills for life and supports other learning
  • Supports life longer learners of music
  • Encourages kindness and promotes a feeling of belonging
  • Can provide an immediate sense of accomplishment
  • Exercises both right and left brain skills
  • Satisfies an innate human desire to make music with others

Provides a vehicle across which we can communicate and experience togetherness, emotions and what it is to be human


The Music Department aims to encourage students to make and appreciate music of a high standard, enjoying both the process and the product. In this way, we hope that students develop a life-long love for music as listeners and perhaps performers, too, and feel that they can access music as they wish throughout their lives.

The music programme aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • make music with others on a regular basis
  • understand practice techniques that produce optimum results
  • compose music
  • understand and write, basic musical notation
  • use appropriate language to describe the music they hear
  • are exposed to, and respect a rich variety of music
  • are aware of the musical offerings in and outside of school
  • know how to use music to enrich their lives as children and adults



At Stewards we aim to instil a life-long engagement with music and a greater understanding of how it is created and performed in different communities throughout the world. We understand the contribution of the creative industries to the UK economy and the presence of British music on the world stage; an understanding we use to promote Music as a valid career choice. Through informal learning practices and practical music-making we teach broader attributes such as resilience, respect and responsibility.

Pupils are given a range of opportunities to express themselves through musical performance. Our main public performances are the Christmas Concert in December, the Annual School Production and the Summer Concert in July. In addition, we stage other more informal performance platforms including the Choir Performance Evening and our mini concert at St Clare Hospice.

We are regularly invited to provide live music for whole school events such as Presentation Evening. We also organise workshops and visits to supplement our pupils’ experience.

Key Stage 3

The KS3 curriculum is centred on the key skills of performing, composing and listening. Pupils are also encouraged to develop transferable skills such as teamwork, leadership, problem solving and creative thinking.

Year 7 - Topics explored in Year 7 include: Machines, Instruments, Keyboard and Guitar Skills, Structure and 'The Very Hungry Caterpillar'.

Year 8 - Topics explored in Year 8 include: Variations, Jingles, Non-Western Music, Band Instrumental Work and Songwriting.

Key Stage 4

At Key Stage 4, students follow the OCR Music specification for GCSE. Key information about the qualification can be found below.

We strongly recommend that pupils who choose to study GCSE Music are receiving regular tuition on their chosen instrument.

Assessment overview

Component Marks Duration Weighting insert text

Integrated portfolio (02)

60 - 30% Non-exam assessment

Practical component (04)

60 - 30% Non-exam assessment

Listening and appraising (05)

80 1 hour 30 mins 40%  

Students must complete three components (02, 04, and 05) to be awarded the OCR GCSE (9-1) in Music.

Content overview

There are five areas of study:

  • Area of study 1: My music
  • Area of study 2: The concerto through time
  • Area of study 3: Rhythms of the world
  • Area of study 4: Film music
  • Area of study 5: Conventions of pop

Component 02: Integrated portfolio

Students develop their understanding of performance and composition through exploration of their own instrument within styles and genres of their choosing.

They demonstrate their playing skills and abilities by practising and performing a piece musically, accurately and with appropriate interpretation. In the composition element of this component, they demonstrate knowledge of composition techniques, use of musical elements and resources, including specific instrumental and technology techniques.

Component 04: Practical component

Students develop their skills and understanding of performance and composition. The focus of the performance aspect of this component is on the demands of performing with an ensemble. Students are also required to compose a piece of music appropriate for one of the areas of study in response to a set brief.

Component 05: Listening and appraising

This component focuses on areas of study 2, 3, 4, and 5. Students demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of musical elements, contexts and language.