Meet the staff

Jennifer Stretton - Teacher of Music


Subject Overview

Music is a powerful, unique form of communication that can change the way students feel, think and act. It brings together intellect and feeling and enables personal expression, reflection and emotional development.
The teaching of music develops student’s ability to listen and appreciate a wide variety of music and to make judgements about musical quality. It encourages active involvement in different forms of amateur music making, both individual and communal, developing a sense of group identity and togetherness. It also increases self – discipline and creativity, aesthetic sensitivity and fulfilment

The study of music helps young people to:
Develop resilience in the art of performance
Teamwork – Performing together as a group
Exploring music in context including composition and analysis
Develops memory skills
Increases self-confidence

Key Stage 3

Year 7

Autumn 1 - Keyboard Basics

Autumn 2 - Film Music

Spring 1 - Ukulele

Spring 2 - Drumming

Summer 1 - The Blues

Summer 2 - Vocal Music


Year 8

Autumn 1 - Film Music

Autumn 2 - Digital Film Composition

Spring 1 - Drumming

Spring 2 - Ukulele

Summer 1 - Vocal Music

Summer 2 - Pop Music


Key Stage 4

In Key Stage 4, students will study a BTEC Level 2 in music. This is made up of 4 units studied over two years.

Unit 1 – The Music Industry. Students will learn about the many different roles that make up the music industry to support artists. This includes sound engineers, music producers, roadies, musicians and many more roles that are vital in the success of the music world. Students will have to complete an exam in this unit which will be externally moderated.


Unit 2 - Managing a music product. In this unit, students will have the opportunity to put on a performance or concert of their choice. They will become promoters, musicians, sound engineers, logistical experts and take on all the necessary roles to make their concert or performance a huge success. This unit is assessed by coursework.

Unit 5 – Introduction to musical performance. For this unit, students will be expected to learn two pieces of music to a high standard and perform to the best of their ability. This could be as an individual or as part of a band or ensemble. Students will be expected to keep a diary along the way to keep track of their progress and be able to describe their practice methodology. This unit is assessed by video recorded performances as well as written coursework.


Unit 6 – Composition.  This unit is all about individual creativity in music. Students will be learning theory skills that will help them on their way to composing their own music for a variety of settings. This could be music for a game, a radio advert, television advert or a pop/rock song. Students will document their progress commenting on the musical elements and devices they have used in their composition. This unit is assessed by composition recordings as well as coursework.