KS4 Music

Examination Board


Homework Expectations

At Key Stage 4home work consists mainly of instrumental and or singing practice which is an essential, integral part of the course. Sometimes listening activities may be set or on line tasks set using 'Focus on Sound'.

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Visiting Instrumental Staff

  • Mr. D. Clark - Guitar
  • Mr. S. White - Drums
  • Miss L. Skyers - Woodwind
  • Mrs. R. Hardwick - Brass
  • Mr. K Wheelan - Violin and Piano
  • Mrs. R Galloway - Cello
  • Mr. N Wells - Ukulele

Information about the course

This exam consists of three key sections:

Performing - 30%
This involves recording solo performances and ensemble performances either on instrument or voice. Students choose pieces of music to work on that suit their interests and talents in order to develop skills as a performer.

Composing - 30%
Students explore how sounds can be combined, developed and organised to create imaginative pieces of music. Two final pieces of composition work are entered as exam course work.

Listening - 40%
4 topics are studied (‘Film Music’,’ The Concerto Through Time’, ‘World Music’ and ‘Conventions of Pop). There is a listening exam at the end of the course which focuses on these specified topics.

This is a course which will develops confidence and encourages artistic expression through performing and composing. It develops team work skills, encourages independent learning and helps to develop listening skills.

KS3 - Music

Information about the course

Students work on a wide range of topics which change every half term. Subjects they study include the elements of music, singing, the structure of songs and song writing, world music, notation, rap, samba, the blues, African drumming and musical devices.

Homework Expectations

Home work is not routinely set but is set when relevant to the lesson and may be an activity such as a listening task, research or musical brain gym activities.

Musical Instrument Lessons

Does your child want to be the next Ed Sheeran or Adele, Dave Grohl or Slash? Do they want to play in a band or as a solo artist? Do they want to make a career out of music or just learn for fun? Well, the journey starts here at Outwood Academy Freeston!! Most adults wish they could have learned an instrument at school but very few did, so let's give our children that opportunity so they don't have the same regret in later life.

Like many great musicians, their musical journey started at secondary school and we are offering your child that same start. Playing a musical instrument is a rewarding activity that is not only enjoyable, but the skills developed will help with all other school work. It is proven that learning to play a musical instrument at an early age has many benefits to the growing brain and can have a big impact on improving performance in other subjects.

Your child has expressed an interest in wanting to learn an instrument and you need to know what this involves. Here at Outwood Academy Freeston we offer your child instrumental lessons and the opportunity to play in bands with other musicians. We can offer lessons on virtually any instrument. The 1-2-1 lesson lasts 20 minutes and takes place during the academy day. Students will come out of their normal lessons to have their instrument lesson.

There is a cost for the lessons which stands at £ 13 per 20 minute lesson. This is charged termly before the lessons start (So on average, IO weeks = £ 130 term term). Lessons are paid for via Parent Pay. However, we are very fortunate to be able to offer a bursary to cover these costs for those students studying Music at KS4 and those students who have free school meals/pupil premium.

If your child is interested in this, please complete the application form below as soon as possible and return it to SID to secure your child's place. If you need any further information please contact Mr Dixon or Miss Thomas in the academy.