Music education at Campion School covers a wide array of musical styles and genres, which will always look to develop an embedded set of ‘ACE’ values. The focus on entry is always the consolidation of character in order to achieve excellence. The environment within Music lessons and extra-curricular activities is designed to ensure the student uses the subject to develop personal traits that supports their wellbeing, and will allow a platform for success in practical and theoretical areas of the curriculum.

Music education at Campion has also integrated emerging technology, whereby websites and channels online will teach students one-to-one using laptops and PCs, alongside modern music technology such as Mixcraft and MuseScore. Websites such as YouTube can also teach a student exactly the same content as formal music, whilst utilising visual, auditory and kinaesthetic methods of learning, and also engaging with the independent learner. Skills developed in this environment will include practice skills (e.g pausing the video and revisiting a section), reading graphic scores, learning to play with both hands, as well as a variety of melodies and rhythms. Allowing students to learn and evidence their work in various ways, supports both KS3 and KS4 schemes of learning.

As part of the varied curriculum offered here, students are also taught the theoretical aspects of music. Due to the GCSE in Music entailing three modules – 30% performance (1 solo, 1 ensemble), 30% composition (1 free choice, 1 linked) and 40% listening exam (in May/June of year 11), these are consistently embedded into every term of every year group. Year 9, 10 and 11, most lessons will include theory. Students are also offered the chance to take up extra-curricular opportunities such as instrumental lessons provided by the teachers of NMPAT, and huge range of clubs e.g. choir, ukulele group, brass group, strings group, guitar and keyboard groups.


Implementation- Curriculum map






Year 7




Keyboard Skills


YouTube Project

Radio Project

Ukulele Skills & Melody



Year 8




Keyboard Notation



YouTube Project

Radio Project

Rock & Roll

Hip Hop

Music & The Media


Year 9 - Students choose the course as a taster for half the year




Exam Skills

Solo Performances

Exam Skills

Ensemble Performances

(Second group of students repeat the course)





Year 10 Edexcel GCSE



Solo & Ensemble Performance





Set Works, Dictation & Extended Responses

Solo & Ensemble Performances

Exam Skills






 Year 11 Edexcel GCSE

 Exam Skills

Composition for Exam

Solo and Ensemble Performances


Exam Skills & Exam Question Practice


Solo and Ensemble Performances


Exam Practice and Revision




Students study the Edexcel GCSE specification

Qualification aims and objectives

 The aims and objectives of this qualification are to enable students to:

● engage actively in the process of music study

● develop performing skills individually and in groups to communicate musically with fluency and control of the resources used

● develop composing skills to organise musical ideas and make use of appropriate resources

● recognise links between the integrated activities of performing, composing and appraising and how this informs the development of music

● broaden musical experience and interests, develop imagination and foster creativity

● develop knowledge, understanding and skills needed to communicate effectively as musicians

● develop awareness of a variety of instruments, styles and approaches to performing and composing

● develop awareness of music technologies and their use in the creation and presentation of music

● recognise contrasting genres, styles and traditions of music, and develop some awareness of musical chronology

● develop as effective and independent learners with enquiring minds

● reflect on and evaluate their own and others’ music

● engage with and appreciate the diverse heritage of music, in order to promote personal, social, intellectual and cultural development.

Career Implications

This may lead to careers in the entertainment and performing arts sector in some cases but primarily this qualification is sought after for the range of skills it develops. It is very useful in any careers which involve teamwork, public speaking, presentation skills, attention to detail and mathematical or logic skills

Kevin Plaskett

Teacher of Music