Welcome to our Music Section

Within these pages you will find lots of information about the subject and how the department operates.
If you have any queries regarding Music please do not hesitate to get in touch with me.

Head of Music
Instrumental Music Lessons

If your child is interested in starting/continuing music lessons here at Newman then please see the attached letter which contains all the relevant information Please click here (see letter attachment)

The department is situated on the top floor of school. The main classroom is equipped with Casio keyboards, and 15 PCs linked to the school network. The school has a network licence to run Sibelius 7 in the department. Within the classroom, instruments available for use include piano, a variety of mixed percussion, drum kits, ukuleles and acoustic guitars. Each also has a digital projector, screen and laptop connection point. The practice room is set as miniband/recording room with microphones, electric drum-kit and keyboard and portable mixer. All rooms are suitably sound-proofed.

Pupils at KS3 receive one hour of music per week and are taught in mixed ability form groups. Pupils follow a different unit of work in each term/half term covering a variety of practical, composing and listening tasks. These are described in the attached Music learning journey (See attachment –learning journey). In Year 10 and 11, pupils receive two hours of music per week if they choose music as a guided choice. The school follows the Eduqas exam syllabus.

What does the new music room look like?

The main teaching room and practice/performance/recording room

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Pupils continue or start to their musical journey through developing performing skills in singing, percussion, drumming and keyboard skills. They start by recapping or gaining knowledge of note lengths and common rhythms, using and combining these to play a range of drum kit patterns. From here, notes on the stave lead into playing the keyboard. After learning these basics, improvising and composing, use of music vocabulary to appraise music are used to explore topics on scales, tonality and harmony.

Year 8

In Year 8 pupils after a brief recap of notes and harmony, we embark on exploring and comparing music through Cover Version, develop knowledge of reading tablature and chord diagrams by playing the ukulele. After this, we start to get an insight into some of the areas of GCSE music with a continued focus on appraising, composing and performing with topics on Blues music, film music and EDM and techniques.


Key Stage 4 – Years 10/11

At present pupils follow the Eduqas GCSE course. There are four areas of study which will incorporate performing, appraising and composing.
  • AoS1 Musical Forms and Devices – an exploration of eras in orchestral music and structures used by composers.
  • AoS2 Music for ensemble – exploration texture and sonority of combinations of groups of players.
  • AoS3 Film Music – how films music is created, developed and performed and its impact on the audience.
  • AoS4 Pop Music – different idioms of pop music are explored as well as composing techniques and development of pop culture through the ages.

It is split into 3 components :

  1. Performance – Pupils will perform a minimum of 2 pieces with one being a solo and one being an ensemble (group). The duration must be between 4 and 6 minutes. 30% of the qualification.
  2.  Composing and Appraising Music. Two compositions, one set a brief released by the exam board and one linked to the area of study. Compositions to be 3-6 minutes in length in total. 30% of the qualification.
  3. Listening and appraising. The final exam is 1hr and 15 minutes long. It assesses their knowledge of the 4 areas of study as well as musical aural skill. This is the final 40% of the qualification.


Instrumental Timetable

Each pupil will be given a timetable for lessons for each half term. It is there responsibility to be there on time and with the right instrument and music. These lessons will be billed for even if not attended. If your child loses their timetable, there are spares up on the music room noticeboard and spares are available. These times must be adhered to due to specific Covid Risk assessments for staff and pupil safety


Unfortunately due to Covid 19, extra curricular groups are not permitted, however when sanctions are lifted, here are a few things to look forward too.

Singing group
Monday and Friday lunchtimes. Come and have a sing of your favourite songs and get music ready for Mass or Christmas and performances at the music festival.

Guitar group
Guitar and Ukulele skills are on a Monday after school. If you want to learn some chords, strumming patterns and link with songs, then this might take your fancy. Work will lead to a Rock School Debut and Grade 1 qualification.

Drum Club
Drum workshop is on a Wednesday after school. There are only 8 places so sign up. Work will lead to a Rock School Debut and Grade 1 qualification.

- Audacity - recording program 
- Sibelius - notation program
- Soundation
- Musescore - notation program
- Dance eJay - (demo version)
- Fruity Loops - (demo version)
- Wikipedia - (for general research)
- Bitesize GCSE Music
Think U Know
Young Writers
Catholic Teaching Alliance
Accelerated Reader
Microsoft Office Specialist
Ofsted ParentView