Director of Music: Mrs J Ellwood, GRSM (Hons), DipRCM, PGCAPerf RCM, QTS Reading


Music Teacher: Mrs J Lucas, BMus, Huddersfield
Music Teacher: Mr A McKenna, BMus, BEd, ARCT

Visiting Staff: Mr N Charlton, BA (Hons) LTCL Cello
Mrs H Cheng, MMus Dip RCM ARCM Piano
Mrs J Clark, B Mus (Hons) London, LRSM, PGCE Flute
Mr M Davies, BMus LRAM ARCM LWCMD Singing
Mr J Ellwood, Dip GBSM ABSM Brass
Mr A Gwilt, BA (Hons) Clarinet/Saxophone
Mr M Kelly, Dip RCM ARCM Violin/Viola
Mr J Mitchell, HDip, ACM Guitar
Mrs L Roper, MSc Singing
Mrs M Stallwood, Cert Music Classical Guitar
Mr A Fujimoto, MMus Drum



If you like listening to music, finding out how it was written, playing or even composing your own, then Music GCSE could be for you. You will study some of the greatest music ever written. The course covers pieces from the classical genre up to rock music by ‘Queen’, and from musicals on Broadway, to the film music ‘Starwars’. Performing a solo and an ensemble piece and composing some of your own music make up the rest of this course. Throughout the two years there will be plenty of opportunities to make music and to go to concerts, courses and conferences, both locally and in London. This course provides an excellent foundation for careers in the music business and shows that you can work methodically and with self-discipline.

Course Content

You will have to perform at least two pieces, one of which must be part of an ensemble. The minimum time for both pieces must be four minutes.

You will compose at least two pieces, one in response to a given brief and the other a piece of free composition. The pieces should together last not less than three minutes.


You will learn about four Areas of Study: Instrumental Music 1700-1820, Vocal Music (Purcell through to Queen), Music for Stage and Screen and Fusions (Afro Celt , Samba etc). You will be able to read and write staff notation and respond to unfamiliar music in the exam.

A Level

It is advisable to take Music GCSE if you would like to study at A level

If you enjoy playing an instrument or singing, like exploring and creating new music, enjoy listening to music from a range of styles, and are interested in how music has developed, A level Music could be for you. You may be considering a career in the music industry or just want to broaden your musical experience. Either way you will find the course stimulating and enriching with plenty of opportunities to improve your own particular musical skills.

Course Content

Component 1 Performing (30% NEA)
The performance can be solo and/or ensemble, with a total performance time of eight minutes.
Component 2 Composing (30% NEA )
Two compositions, one free or free choice brief – minimum four minutes.
One brief assessing technique – minimum one minute. Together total minimum of six minutes.
Component 3 Appraising (40% Exam)
Six areas of study with three set works in each
•Vocal Music
•Instrumental Music
•Music for Film
•Popular Music and Jazz
•New Directions

There will be many opportunities to go to concerts featuring music from classical to jazz and the non-Western tradition, as well as visits to the opera and musical theatre.